Welcome to Pet Owners Academy!
about how to be a better pet owner.
to improve the lives of your pets.
in their quality of life and happiness.
We're just getting started! We will be regularly adding new courses!
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We are looking for pet professionals that work with pets of all types! Create supplemental courses for your in-person clients and make your knowledge available on a virtual platform.
Educating yourself and becoming a high-quality owner is the way to provide your pet with the highest quality of life.
Take the knowledge you gain here and apply it to your pet. Seeing your pet benefit from your application of what you’ve learned is a special kind of reward, and you will see the bond and understanding between you grow. Learn to do some of the things you’ve always wanted to do with your pet.
Complete training courses that allow you to be a better volunteer, shelter worker, or rescue. Learn more about the organizations you want to participate with and the industry and systems that drive the need for their work. Learn how to make a difference in the lives of your pets and the lives of pets around you.
We follow LIMA standards, as they are defined by various authorities in training. From the IAABC's website, LIMA is defined as "an acronym for the phrase 'least intrusive, minimally aversive.' LIMA describes a trainer or behavior consultant who uses the least intrusive, minimally aversive strategy out of a set of humane and effective tactics likely to succeed in achieving a training or behavior change objective. LIMA adherence also requires consultants to be adequately educated and skilled in order to ensure that the least intrusive and aversive procedure is used."
Source: Steven Lindsay, Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training Vol 3 pgs. 29 & 726
LIMA requires trainers/consultants to work to increase the use of positive reinforcement and eliminate the use of punishment when working with animal and human clients. In order to ensure best practices, consultants should pursue and maintain competence in animal behavior consulting and training through continuing education, and hands-on experience. Trainers/consultants should not advise on problems outside the recognized boundaries of their competencies and experience.
We seek to prevent the abuses and potential repercussions of inappropriate, poorly applied, and inhumane uses of punishment and of overly-restrictive management and confinement strategies. The potential effects of punishment can include aggression or counter-aggression; suppressed behavior (preventing the trainer/consultant from adequately reading the animal); increased anxiety and fear; physical harm; a negative association with the owner or handler; increased unwanted behavior; and, new, unwanted behaviors.
Positive reinforcement should be the first line of teaching, training, and behavior change program considered, and should be applied consistently. Positive reinforcement is associated with the lowest incidence of aggression, attention seeking, avoidance, and fear in learners.
The trainer/consultant is responsible for ensuring learner success through a consistent, systematic approach that identifies a specific target behavior, the purpose of that behavior, and the consequences that maintain the behavior.
It is so important to train our animals and care for them. But it’s even more important that we do so the right way, and we believe that requires following LIMA standards, in all cases. We do not accept instructors that wish to provide content that fails to meet LIMA standards, and will prevent the publication of any courses that fail to meet LIMA standards.
We will continue to detail how our courses and partnerships reinforce LIMA standards as the default standard of care when training or caring for our pets.
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