Author Archives: Carolyn Kocman

About Carolyn Kocman

After many years in the business world, Carolyn has decided to pursue her passion of working with animals. She is currently a graduate student pursuing a M.S. in Companion Animal Behavior Analysis and Counseling at American College of Applied Science, where she has been attending since 2012. With only some lab work, thesis, and externships remaining before obtaining her final degree, Carolyn is also pursuing plans to add training to her resume. She maintains basic clicker training skills and has a lifetime of experience with a variety of companion animals. She is actively working to open her practice which will focus largely on canine behavioral issues. Carolyn currently serves on the PPG Advocacy Committee.

Compulsivity and the Dog

Since humans are unable to ascertain the aspect of a disorder in an animal that deals with obsessing, animals are not generally given the diagnosis of OCD. However, it is completely possible that a pet can have a compulsive disorder. Compulsive … Continue reading

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What New Pet Owners May Not Know

I recently came across an article in which the author spoke about why people give up exotic birds…and it got me thinking. According to the ASPCA, approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 … Continue reading

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Cats in a Dog’s World

Cats communicate in a variety of ways. Those of us who are most familiar with canines can often have difficulty differentiating the signals that cats send in attempts to communicate their intent. While many of us prefer to work with … Continue reading

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The Importance of Socialization for the Young Animal

Humans take years to learn socialization skills. In the process of growing from infant to adulthood, the human takes more than 20 years for his or her brain to fully develop. Yet during this time there is much socialization that … Continue reading

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A Dog’s World

Do dogs see in color or black and white? How did my dog know that a thunderstorm was coming? Why does my dog bark when no one is there? How curious the dog’s world must be for them to respond … Continue reading

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Pet Professionals: Keeping It Objective

A dog’s behavior can many times cause the owner to experience feelings of embarrassment or even failure. Such feelings can be detrimental in the trainer/behavior consultant-client relationship and can certainly adversely affect the outcome of any training protocols that are … Continue reading

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