On Your Best Behavior
How to Help Dogs That Are Aggressive During Leash Walking
Walking dogs can be one of the joys of pet ownership, with benefits for both people and dogs. Unfortunately, too many dog owners are unable to take their dogs for walks due to unwanted behaviors while on a leash, including barking, pulling, jumping, growling, and attempting to bite people and other dogs.
Moving Beyond “Leader of the Pack”
Being the alpha: The belief that dogs must see us through a filter of dominance and subordination sets us up for an adversarial relationship with man’s best friend.
The Use of Medications in Canine Behavior Therapy
Ilana Reisner, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVB Reisner Veterinary Behavior & Consulting Services, Media, Pennsylvania Behavioral medications can make a significant difference in the management of a variety of problems. Most important, they can help facilitate a positive outcome in otherwise complicated behavior cases. Your longtime client, Mrs. Jones, presents Buttercup, the Papillon, with “a behavior …
Noise and Storm Phobias and Anxiety in Dogs
Anxiety and fearful behavior are common in canine patients, and often manifest as storm and noise phobias. Depending on presentation, treatment can be straightforward or complex and challenging.
The 10 Commandments of Cat Management
Terry Marie Curtis, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVB The management of multi-cat households requires attention to the art of feline care. The considerations are organized into 10 Commandments that cover space layout, intra-cat behavioral considerations, food distribution, water sources, play opportunities, litter boxes, resting places, scratching opportunities, urine marking, and outside areas. When managing multicat households, …
Dog as a Second Language: A Primer for Humans
Ilana Reisner, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVB While humans recognize overt happiness or fear in their canine companions, dogs use a more subtle language to communicate with other dogs and us. By watching, we can become more fluent in their rich vocabulary. Taboo is a small, male Chihuahua mix, with an unknown background, recently adopted from …
Canine Separation Anxiety
Ilana Reisner, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVB Maya is a young adult German shepherd mix with a fulfilling life. Along with Sally, her single and self-employed “parent,” Maya hikes daily and spends much of her time resting on the couch while Sally works at the computer. When Maya is left alone, however, the situation shifts from …
Diagnosis and Management of Feline Urine Marking
Ilana Reisner, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVB Although urine spraying is typical in sexually intact cats, approximately 10% of neutered males and 5% of ovariohysterectomized females urine spray.1 Inappropriate urination of all types—toileting behavior as well as marking—is the most common behavior problem encountered in cats. Although statistics of lifetime occurrence are not known, it is likely …
Dog Bites: Protecting Your Staff and Clients
Dog bites are a dangerous risk faced by veterinarians, their staff, and owners every day. Veterinarians play an important role in their own safety, the safety of their staff and clients, and the welfare of the dogs presented for care. Here are tips for implementing safety measures in your practice to keep everyone safe.