About Us

Who we are

We are a non-profit association dedicated to the field of applied animal behavior.  Our members are highly qualified professionals who specialize in applying animal behavior science to a variety of species to promote their well being and assist in their integration with mankind.  Our applied animal behaviorists work with companion animals in private practice and in shelters as well as work in zoos and conservation settings with wild animal species.

What we do

Many applied animal behaviorists specialize in resolving behavior problems common in companion animals and other species.  For example, typical behavior problems of dogs and cats that often require the help of a behaviorist include aggression, separation anxiety, house soiling, destructive behavior, fears, phobias and obsessive-compulsive behaviors.  Routine misbehavior and various training issues such as barking, jumping, and poor recall are also addressed by the proper application of principles of learning and behavior modification by qualified animal behaviorists.

We promote positive reinforcement training techniques and behavior modification.  We strive to be leaders in the industry and as such adhere to the least intrusive behavior management strategies and minimally aversive training methods available.  A variety of techniques, based on the scientific model, are used to work through behavior problems, including behavior modification using positive reinforcement, applied behavior analysis, motivation training, and systematic desensitization.  Our members are committed to using humane methods and avoid the use of force, fear, and unnecessary aversive techniques.

To find out more, check out our training and behavior resource section.