Applied Animal Behavior
Using animal behavior and psychology
to promote animal welfare

Both wild and domesticated species exhibit drives to perform genetically programmed behaviors. When an animal cannot perform these behaviors due to environment, the energy often transforms into increased stress, anxiety, and abnormal, undesirable behaviors.

Charles Darwin once wrote that differences between species were of degree, and not kind. What he meant is that all species share the same capacities to some degree. Therefore, we can all benefit from the same positive approach to behavior based on:

  • Reducing overall stress and boredom
  • Providing consistent structure
  • Setting up an individual to succeed (not waiting for failure)
  • Building confidence and a sense of control in an individual
  • Recognizing that much undesirable behavior is based on fear and so our tools must reduce (not increase) fear.

You may see how these principles can apply to both human and non-human animals!

Call Dr. Chalcraft 312-391-5537 or email info@appliedanimalbehavior.com