Behavior

Canine House Soiling: Back to Basics

Kelly C. Ballantyne, DVM, DACVB Veterinary Behavior at Illinois, Chicago, IL LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION If the dog or puppy is caught in the act of eliminating indoors, the owner can attempt to interrupt by clapping or whistling, and then immediately bringing the pet to the desired location. Despite the general ease of house training, house …

Management of Dogs and Cats With Cognitive Dysfunction

Lynne Seibert, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVB Veterinary Behavior Consultants, Roswell, Georgia Behavior changes in older patients can indicate underlying medical issues, diminishing sensory capacities, age-related cognitive decline, a primary behavioral disorder, or a combination of these. Behavior problems can cause significant suffering for the patient, may challenge the caregiver’s ability to care for the pet, …

Journal Club
Focus on Canine Noise-Induced Fear

Fear of thunderstorms, fireworks, loud noises, gunshots, and vacuum cleaners is a common behavioral problem of companion animals. Between 17% and 49% of dogs experience an aversion to noise,1 and the resulting stress, anxiety, and exhibited behaviors may negatively affect animal health, life span, welfare, and the human–animal bond. Noise fear is manifested in many …

Preventing Dog Bites in Children
Part 1: Motivations & Myths

Ilana R. Reisner, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVB Reisner Veterinary Behavior & Consulting Services, LLC, Media, Pennsylvania This is the first article in a 2-part series on keeping children from being bitten by dogs. The second article—Management & Safety Practices—will be published in an upcoming issue of Today’s Veterinary Practice. The potential to cause injury is …

Practical Techniques from the NAVC Institute:
Feline Inappropriate Urination

Terry Marie Curtis, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVB University of Florida Each year, the NAVC Institute takes place in Orlando, Florida, and top specialists in select areas of veterinary medicine provide hands-on, one-on-one continuing education to the Institute attendees. The NAVC and Today’s Veterinary Practice are delighted to bring our readers the Practical Techniques from the …

On Your Best Behavior
How to Help Dogs That Are Aggressive During Leash Walking

Debra F. Horwitz, DVM, Diplomate ACVB, Veterinary Behavior Consultations, St. Louis, Missouri Walking dogs can be one of the joys of pet ownership, with benefits for both people and dogs. It can increase owner—pet bonding through engagement in an activity together. Unfortunately, too many dog owners are unable to take their dogs for walks due …

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