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  • The scoop on why you should be picking up your dog’s poop

    Katie Serrano Pet Care

    Picking up dog poop is much more important than you think. As a dog owner, here's why you need to keep a poop bag handy next time your take your dog on a walk.

  • The importance of communicating with retail store associates about your…

    Katie McCarron Retail

    When it comes to growing sales through retail stores, manufacturers have countless avenues to invest time and resources — execute awareness-building campaigns, develop exciting point of sale, or increase promotional frequency and depth, to name a few. When executed well, any of these programs can have a valuable effect on sales, but it is important to never overlook the importance of partnering with retail store associates to ensure they are fully educated about your product, its use cases and typical customer questions. Here are four reasons that you should be investing time and resources in educating retail store associates.

  • 10 ways to make a positive first impression at a new job

    Hank Boyer Business Management, Services & Risk Management

    First impressions are lasting impressions. Every new employee is under intense scrutiny as hiring managers and HR attempt to evaluate each new hire’s potential. Impressing in a series of interviews and during the selection process was only the preliminaries. Every new employee starts out at exactly the same place in the job, since there is no performance track record to view, no known bad habits, and an equal opportunity to excel. Here are 10 ways to stand out and make a great first impression during your onboarding period.

  • Ethology and veterinary practice: Human-companion animal behavioral rituals

    Dr. Myrna Milani Pet Care

    Human-companion animal behavioral rituals follow a similar pattern every time the animal displays them voluntarily or in response to some cue from the owner. The human-animal sequences that carry potent positive emotional charges may play a significant role in human and animal well-being — for better or worse. For example, all practitioners are aware of the positive physical and behavioral benefits of exercise routines — such as long walks or play sessions — that owners engage in daily. However, other times people unwittingly may create behavioral rituals that may complicate their and their animals’ lives months or even years later.

  • Ethology and veterinary practice: The HIREC effect and companion animal…

    Dr. Myrna Milani Pet Care

    Despite its lack of notoriety like some animal behavioral concepts, human-induced rapid evolutionary change, or HIREC, possesses the potential to alter wild and companion animal behavior in many ways. As wildlife scientists became increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change and habitat destruction on wild animal populations, some researchers chose to study the behavior effects on wild animals who couldn’t or wouldn’t vacate habitats overtaken by humans. In a relatively short time, these animals not only survived in these environments but thrived.

  • Ethology and veterinary practice: Client perceptions of animal behavioral…

    Dr. Myrna Milani Pet Care

    When veterinarians begin integrating the treatment of behavioral problems into their practices, it may surprise them how client perceptions of these problems may differ compared to medical ones. Consequently, these client perceptions may blindside practitioners and sabotage problem behavior resolutions. Here are some of the most problematic ones I’ve encountered.

  • Ethology and veterinary practice: Human beliefs about animal medical vs.…

    Dr. Myrna Milani Pet Care

    Ethology, by definition, is the study of animal behavior in the animal's natural environment. For the companion animal, that environment consists of the owner's home, property and wherever that person routinely takes the animal and the associated animal health, behavior and bond components. Within that complex environment, owner beliefs about animal medical vs. behavioral problems can differ considerably.

  • Ethology and veterinary practice: Ethology- vs. problem-based behavioral…

    Dr. Myrna Milani Pet Care

    Despite the growing concern about the limitations of the problem-oriented approach and the restrictive thinking it fosters, most people take a problem-oriented approach to their companion animals’ behavior. They focus on the problem instead of the on bigger picture. This variation on the theme of silo-thinking may make getting a comprehensive ethology-based history difficult when perceived companion animal behavior problems arise.

  • Zugunruhe and companion animal behavior

    Dr. Myrna Milani Pet Care

    Prior to migration, animals that migrate experience multiple physiological and behavioral changes. Ethologists adopted the German word zugunruhe, which means "migratory restlessness" to describe this phenomenon. Aside from dog and cat owners who head south in the winter with their pets and back north in the summer, we seldom think of migration as a factor in companion animal behavior. When most of us think of migration, we think of birds and monarch butterflies making their semi-annual flights. However, many species migrate.

  • How being mistreated because of learning disabilities made me push back

    Amy Temple Education

    In 2006, shortly after moving to Florida, I was hired as a dog sitter for a couple who were living in the same residential community as me. They had the cutest Boston terrier with the calmest disposition I had ever seen in a dog. It was the perfect job. I could set my own hours and the pay was pretty good. However, the couple's true colors began to show shortly after. I think my learning disabilities were the reasoning behind the couple's behavior. They often talked down to me.