• In this episode I  chat with Emily Strong and Allie Bender, authors of Canine Enrichment for the Real World.
    Emily, Allie, and I get to geek out a bit, and chat about things like agency, modal action patterns, and stereotypies in dogs. But of course, we also dive deep into what enrichment really is, and why it matters so much in aggression cases.

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    Allie Bender:

    Allie Bender, CDBC, CPDT-KA, SBA is the co-owner and founder of Pet Harmony, LLC and the co-author of Canine Enrichment for the Real World. She believes in working with animals by addressing underlying causes behind undesirable behaviors. She also believes in working with people to find the best solutions for your situation and household.

    Allie has been working with rescue groups and shelters since 2006 in various capacities, including founding a student-run organization, Students Helping Rescue Animals, to aid local shelters with fundraising, supplying volunteers and providing education to the public about animal shelter issues.

    Allie graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Iowa State University. During her education, she spearheaded a research study exploring the effects of enrichment on stereotypical behavior in shelter dogs. After graduation, Allie was employed with local animal welfare organizations including a humane society and low-cost spay/neuter clinic.

    Allie has been training animals professionally since 2012. In 2014 she moved to Utah to work as a dog trainer at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. In 2015 she was promoted to Lead Dog Behavior Consultant. During her time at Best Friends, Allie was fortunate to be invited to speak multiple times at the Best Friends National Conference, make TV and commercial appearances, and provide nationwide behavior and training workshops with esteemed colleagues.

    Emily Strong:

    Emily Strong, CDBC, CPBT-KA, SBA is co-owner of Pet Harmony, LLC. She is committed to a Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) and science-based approach to training, behavior modification, and teaching people. She loves working with learners of all species, and the list of species she’s worked with so far includes dogs, cats, horses, parrots, ramphastidae, corvids, a wide variety of other bird species, rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, rats, mice, horses, donkeys, pigs, goats, tortoises, leopard geckos, snakes, pygmy octopi, fish, and a few species of insects.

    Emily has been working and volunteering in various animal welfare fields since 1990, including several different shelters and rescue groups; as a vet tech in a wide variety of animal hospitals; in stables, aviaries, and wildlife rehabs; as a pet sitter for animals with medical and behavioral special needs; as a freelance journalist and editor; and finally, as a behavior consultant. 

    In Austin, she co-founded and ran Austin Parrot Society, served on the board of Wings of Love Bird Haven, and served as both the Volunteer Medical Coordinator and a medical and behavioral special needs foster home for Austin Pets Alive!. In 2013 she was offered a job at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah and worked there as a behavior consultant, which is where she met and began collaborating with Allie Bender.

    Emily is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), a Certified Professional Bird Trainer through the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE), a Shelter Behavior Affiliate (SBA) through IAABC, and is TAG Teach certified at the primary level.

  • In this episode I chat with Jim Crosby about all things dog bites, the forensics of dog attacks and dog bite fatalities, police encounters with dogs, and I get a truly fascinating look into the world of severe dog aggression incidents.
    I do want to give a content warning that Jim and I will be discussing severe dog attacks and fatalities that some listeners may be sensitive to. Listener discretion is advised.

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    James W. Crosby M.S., CBCC-KA, is a retired Police Lieutenant (Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville, FL) and has professionally trained dogs, taught individual and group obedience classes, and addressed canine behavior problems since 1999. Jim first obtained his CPDT in 2008 and became a CBCC-KA in 2016.

    Holding a Master of Science degree in Veterinary Forensic Medicine, Jim is recognized in and out of Court as an expert in the US and Canada on dangerous dogs, canine aggression, fatal dog attacks, and related issues. He has personally investigated over 30 fatal dog attacks on humans and has, post-attack, physically and behaviorally evaluated over 50 dogs that have killed humans. Cases have included attacks in the US, the UK and Australia. Jim served as Chair of the Review Committee addressing Dangerous Dog procedures and processes for the Government of the Australian Capital Territory in 2017/2018. 

    Jim is the Director-Canine Encounter Training for the National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse, and is the designer of the Law Enforcement Dog Encounter Training course supported by the National Sheriff’s Association and others. 

    Jim is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a Charter Member of the International Veterinary Forensic Science Association, a Supporting Member of IAABC, and is honored to serve on the Board of Directors of the CCPDT.

    A certified Animal Control Officer in Florida, he served as Animal Control Division Manager of Bay County Animal Control from 2008 to 2010 and has been Division Management Consultant to Jacksonville (FL) Animal Care and Protective Services since 2016.

    Jim teaches safe handling, evaluation and rehabilitation of Dangerous Dogs and the Investigation of Fatal and Serious Dog Attacks to police, animal control agencies, and others across the US, Canada, Italy, the UK, Poland and Australia. 

    Jim authored two chapters in the textbook “Dog Bites: A Multidisciplinary Approach”, published by 5M Publishing in 2017. He contributed to “Humane Animal Control: Effective Enforcement, Shelter Management, Local Government Support and Community Engagement” published by Best Friends Animal Society. Jim is currently finishing up his PhD through the College of Veterinary Medicine and Graduate School at the University of Florida.

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  • In this episode I chat with Kim Brophey about why we should view our dog’s behavior through more than one lens; all things ethology and aggression; why the breed of a dog matters; and the topic of predatory aggression of which Kim and I have a little debate of what to really call "it."

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    Kim Brophey is an applied ethologist and professional Family Dog Mediator™ working to solve problems between people and dogs with modern science. A locally and nationally awarded and certified dog behavior consultant, Kim is breaking the mold in the pet dog industry in order to facilitate a long overdue paradigm shift in our relationships with our dogs.

    Through her groundbreaking trademarked Dog L.E.G.S.® system of canine science and the official Dog L.E.G.S.® Guide book -Meet Your Dog, her revolutionary Canine Genetic Heritage Testing Software and app-The Dog Key™[KB1] , National Dog L.E.G.S. Association for businesses and organizations (endorsed by the late Raymond Coppinger), and her daily service to families and community in Dog City, USA™ at her Asheville, NC, practice – The Dog Door Behavior Center (locally awarded Best of WNC the past 6 years), Kim Brophey is redefining how we perceive and treat our canine companions.

    Kim is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, an awarded member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, member of the International Society for Applied Ethology, former board member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and board member of The Asheville Humane Society.

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  • In this show I get to chat with Dr. Chris Pachel about how the pandemic is affecting our dog’s behavior; using behavior meds in aggression cases; how some non-behavior meds and medical issues can contribute to aggressive behavior; and how vets and trainers can collaborate best to help our dogs.

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    Dr. Pachel received his veterinary degree from the University of MN in 2002 and worked as a general practitioner for two years in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area prior to the start of his behavior residency program. He operated a house-call behavior practice in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area until 2010 and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2010. He spent 3.5 years of his residency period under the mentorship of Jacqui Neilson, DVM, DACVB at the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, OR before purchasing the practice from her in 2011.

    As the owner and primary clinician for the Animal Behavior Clinic, he brings an approach to behavioral therapy which combines learning theory, medical training, and experience along with compassion and effective communication to create a balanced treatment plan that is tailored to the individual patient’s needs. Dr. Pachel’s methodology emphasizes the importance of the human animal bond and the role that companion animals play in the lives of their families.

    Outside of direct patient care, Dr. Pachel lectures regularly throughout the US and Canada, and has taught undergraduate and professional courses in veterinary behavior at the University of MN and at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He has published research on feline water consumption preferences, wrote a book chapter on Intercat Aggression for the May 2014 issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, and is co-author of a book chapter on Pet Selection for Animal Assisted Therapy.

    In his spare time away from the office, Dr. Pachel enjoys distance running, strength training, yoga, and weekend RV excursions. He is a supporter of beer festivals, wineries, and the Portland food scene, and is always looking for new recommendations for places to visit. He shares his home with his partner of 16 years (who happens to be a veterinarian as well) and a Bull / Rat Terrier cross named Corneliuz.

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  • Katenna and I chat about dog to cat directed aggression, the differences between training cats and dogs, the proper use of muzzles, and the revolution of online behavior consulting.

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    Animal Behavior is not a new field for Katenna nor a hobby turned into a career - it's all she's ever done. While earning a Bachelor degree in biology, she became a shelter volunteer in 1998, then went on to earn a Master's in Psychology, with a focus on animal behavior, from Brown University.

    ​Katenna is Rhode Island's only Associated Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Cat Behavior Consultant, and is also a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Certified Pet Dog Trainer, and is Certified Fear Free. Katenna works with families and their cats and dogs in their homes, her office, or virtually. She also provides professional development locally, internationally, and online.

    Katenna lives with her husband, dog, cat, chickens, ducks and honeybees in Cumberland RI.