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Excessive Barking Part 2: How do I stop my dog from barking?

In this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding your Pet series, Dr. Liz Stelow follows up on her assessment of canine barking with a quick overview of some common strategies for reducing it. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201509/excessive-barking-pt-ii-how-do-i-stop-my-dog-barking

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Addressing Fear of Thunderstorms with Systematic Desensitization

Crash! Boom! Bang! Addressing Fear of Thunderstorms with Systematic Desensitization Every year as thunderstorm season rolls around, I get a flood of calls from concerned dog owners whose beloved pooches are chewing through beds, clawing at crates, or drenching themselves in drool while the thunder booms and

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Excessive Barking Part 1: Why Does my Dog Bark?

In this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding your Pet series, Dr. Liz Stelow discusses some of the functions or causes of excessive barking in dogs. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201509/excessive-barking-part-i-why-does-my-dog-bark

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Fall 2015 Diplomate Department Announcement

The Veterinary Behavior Symposium (VBS) was held July 10, 2015 in Boston, MA.  This well attended meeting featured a intriguing keynote address “An Ethological Approach to Understanding Animal Behavior” by Dr. Ray Coppinger, and a day full of research papers on a wide variety of topics including

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Fall 2015 Technicians Corner

The Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians is launching a new state of the art website in early September.  The current web site is still online, but has been downsized in preparation.  SVBT also now has its own private Facebook group where members can ask questions, share information

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Fall 2015 Trainers Ring

Fall is in the air! One of the most beautiful times of the year is right around the corner.  A time filled with change and an abundance of color. Mother Nature has a lovely way of communicating. Of telling various species of animals and plants that its

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“Science Friday!”: Research Paper Review

Dr. Maxwell summarizes and reviews a recent paper published in The Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science titled “Effects of Caregiver-Implemented Aggression Reduction Procedure on Problem Behavior of Dogs” Full Reference: Echterling-Savage, K., DiGennaro Reed, F.D., Miller, L.K., & Savage, S. (2015). Effects of Caregiver-Implemented Aggression Reduction

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Behavioral “Red Flags” in the Dog

In this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding you Pet series, Dr. Stelow provides an overview of canine body language indicators of stress and fear. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201508/behavioral-red-flags-in-the-dog

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Study Participation Request

We are currently recruiting participants for our questionnaire: Feline Handling in the Veterinary Clinic. This research is being conducted by Carly Moody (PhD Student) and Dr. Lee Niel from the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Canada. We would greatly appreciate

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Dog Chewing Through Walls

My sister-in-law has a 1-year-old Collie who continues to chew holes in her drywall walls. Any solutions? The chewing of walls by a dog can stem from a variety of causes, so a detailed assessment of the situation is necessary before an explanation or intervention can be

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