Long Island Animal Behavior Consulting

Making positive changes one paw at a time...

Meet Barbara

Dr. Barbara Pezzanite understands how important your pet is to you. She understands that when your pet is ailing, whether it be from a physical problem or a behavioral problem, then you are ailing. She understands dogs and cats and is here to help.

"My love of cats and dogs began in childhood. My family always had multiple cats and dogs living together harmoniously. I can only believe that this was my father's doing. He adored all of his pets, and taught all of his children how to have a respectful relationship with them. He taught us to be kind to our pets, and never believed that humans should be dominant over their pets because our pets were an extension of our family. I'm happy to say that I have carried on my father's views of the human/pet relationship and now apply them to my consulting service. Having received an education that included psychological principle's of Learning Theory, I'm a firm believer in positive reinforcement as an effective means of changing problematic behavior. I don't recall my father ever "whispering" to our dogs or cats so I assure you you'll get none of that from me. What you will get is a professional service designed to help you understand your pet's behavior so that it can be effectively resolved."

Barbara received her Ph.D. in Psychology from The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, sub-specializing in Biopsychology, Neuropsychology, Animal Behavior, and Behavioral Ecology. She is an Animal Behavior Society Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) and a member of CoreCAAB, as well as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). Her dissertation research was conducted in the Canadian Arctic, examining long-term changes in the feeding behavior of Lesser Snow Geese, as well as differences in foraging behavior between Lesser Snow Geese and Ross's Geese.

After receiving her Ph.D., she accepted a two-year postdoctoral position in the Animal Behavior Center of the ASPCA in New York City, where she consulted with companion animal owners on their dog or cat's problematic behavior, conducted behavior modification on shelter animals, supervised the Animal Behavior Center's telephone-based behavior helpline, educated and counseled ASPCA volunteers and staff on how to work with the shelter animals, met with adopters to advise them on how to care for their new pet, and co-headed two feral cat socialization seminars for rescuers and the general public.

After finishing her postdoctoral residency at the ASPCA in 2005, Barbara established Long Island Animal Behavior Consulting (LIABC for short), providing behavior consulting for companion animal owners and animal rescue centers. When not consulting with companion animal owners, she serves as Associate Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Farmingdale State College.

She has appeared on NY1 and WCBS TV. View Dr. Barbara Pezzanite's CV & Testimonials.

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