Position Statements and Handouts (for the public)

These position statements were developed through the cooperation of the members of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) and reflect the opinion of this association on a variety of topics related to the field of animal behavior.

A glossary of terms used in AVSAB position statements can be downloaded here: avsab.org/glossary

If you would like to order color copies of any of the position statements below, click on the following link and fill out the form on the following page or feel FREE to take the Printable PDF version below to your local print shop for copies.

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Humane Dog Training Position Statement

This statement reviews the current literature on the effects of training style on animal welfare, training effectiveness, and the dog-human relationship.  The statement includes an FAQ with questions from addressing behavior concerns to finding help and resources for more information.

Based on current scientific evidence, AVSAB recommends that only reward-based training methods are used for all dog training, including the treatment of behavior problems.


Positive Vet Visit Position Statement

AVSAB promotes positive interactions between pets and people. We believe all people—even vets!—can learn better ways to interact with our animals.

This paper explains the down side of the stress animals experience when they visit our clinics, and offers suggestions and resources for the entire veterinary team to reduce the stress and increase the fun.


Dominance Theory Position Statement

Dominance Position Statement

This statement has been developed for the purpose of clarifying how AVSAB views the theory of dominance relationships between animals. We also hope that it helps to dispel some myths that have recently become more prevalent among some who work in this field.



Puppy Socialization Position Statement

This statement hopes to increase awareness of the need for socialization in puppies and raise the issue of how vaccination protocols affect the socialization process in puppy classes.



Breed Specific Legislation Position Statement

This statement was developed as a review of the efficacy of breed-specific legislation, and AVSAB’s position on these policies.


AVSAB Position Statement

AVSAB Response Statement to Cesar 911

This statement was developed as response to the episode of the television show Cesar 911 which raised questions about the use of humane training methods.


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