Can Crows Clean Up Our Mess?

I’ve always been aware of the uniqueness of a crow. I spot them almost daily all over town, but isn’t it unnatural to see a wild bird become so well integrated into human society? Crows don’t appear to be particularly special: bearing no where near the intriguing colors a parrot could flaunt. No unique mating dance. No feathers that leave …

Animal-Human Emotion & Communication

It is far too often that I come across someone who doubts the existence of a „soul“ or emotion in animals… I always find myself at a loss on how to properly explain a theory that would „prove“ them wrong; It’s not a rarity for my frustration, and desperation, to take over. „How could animals not have emotions? We are …

Creating Good Habits

Bad habits! Everyone has them: You, your spouse or family member, your animals… everyone. Habits can be hard to break. Replacing them with good habits, ones that improve our well-being and success, can make the process even harder. Bad habits wiggle their way into our every day lives in forms such as: biting our fingernails, being late to class or …

Forming a "Growth Mind-Set"

Our brain behaves like a powerful, mysterious muscle: growing stronger, more refined and with heightened endurance every minute we engage it. The Scientific American explored this concept, as well as studies concerning “talent” and how it’s perceived, in a very interesting article titled: The Secret to Raising Smart Kids.Reading this article, I almost misread the title as being: The Secret to Raising Smart Animal …

Choice

My short, sweet stay at the Lichman ranch had been a healthy dose of “horse-lover’s high”: morning to dusk rides, and all the horsey smells and good times that come with that. Driving down from Sacramento, I noticed that most all of the experiences and knowledge I have gained with my animals have been rooted in communicating with them, not …

Go Fetch!

My short, sweet stay at the Lichman ranch had been a healthy dose of “horse-lover’s high”: morning to dusk rides, and all the horsey smells and good times that come with that. Driving down from Sacramento, I noticed that most all of the experiences My first full day at David Lichman’s horse ranch! Alyson, who is also a working student …

Welcome!

This blog documents how I teach a wide variety of concepts to different animals. My method follows the understanding that animals are perfectly happy without humans around! Anything I ask of an animal is an effort on my part to present something of interest to them: benefiting the two of us in one way or another. There can be no …