Backed by passion. Proven by science.
A strong behavior program isn’t optional for a shelter; it’s essential. Core to who we are is the belief that we have a responsibility to do everything we can to help the animals that cross our paths.
How we do it
Evidence is everything.
Our behavior team uses training techniques that align with LIMA standards – the least intrusive, minimally aversive methods. These are not only proven to be the most humane, but they are also the most effective.
When we take an evidence-based approach to our work, we are able to track our results and have a clear way to measure our impact. That ripples out to everything that we do.
Publications × Presentations
We’re here to talk about things that we know work
and to discover new ones.
PPG’s Barks from the Guild [Nov 2021]
Building a Feline Behavior Volunteer Program… from Scratch
PPG’s Barks from the Guild [Sept 2021]
Shelter Behavior and Medical Teams Find Success Through Synergy
IAABC Journal [Feb 2021]
Another Way Out: Friends For Life’s Fraidy Cat Program
IAABC Journal [Nov 2020]
C-A-T Friendly Interaction Guidelines
Want to be that person all that cats love? Here are some simple tips that will help you attract friendly feline attention!
Top 9 Cat Behavior Challenges
Behavior challenges with cats can seem daunting, like arguing in a language you don’t speak. Let us help.
Inappropriate Scratching in Cats
Inappropriate scratching is ultimately determined by the owner, but is generally directed at furniture, screens, carpets and rugs and other items that the cats finds suitable.
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Fraidy Cat Program
- Kennel Door Counterconditioning
- Nail Trim
- New Environments
- Pattern Games
- Protected Contact Finger Targeting
- Shaping Relaxed Behavior
- Stranger Ritual
- Fraidy Cat progress videos throughout the program
- and more!
- Cats Biting
- Choice Training
- Dogs Barking
- Dominance Theory
- Fraidy Cat Socialization
- Generalization with Stationing
- Go to Your Mat
- How to Conduct a Behavior Consult
- Inter-Cat Conflict
- Interspecies Kindergarten
- Jumping through an Arm Hoop
- Jumpy Mouthy Behavior in Dogs
- Kids and Dogs
- Leash Training
- Leash Walking Exercises
- ‘Look At That’ (LAT) Protocol
- Pattern Games
- Pet Zen
- Resource Guarding Seminar
- Ritualized Introduction to Unfamiliar People for Fearful Dogs
- Stationing on Cue
- The Bucket Game
- Feline-ality Assessment
- Shoulder Rub and Anal Swipe
- Tail flagging or wagging?
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
– Jane Goodall