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Dr. Karen Overall’s reactive dog Missy Rose Part 3

In this blog post from Psychology Today’s Decoding Your Pet series, Dr. Karen Overall discusses the prenatal and perinatal variables that can influence dog behavior, using her own dog as a case example. Read this post here: To read Parts 1 and 2 of this series, see

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Article Summary: Behavioral Differences among Breeds of Domestic Dogs

Article Summary: Mehrkam, L. R., & Wynne, C. D. L. (2014). Behavioral differences among breeds of domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris): Current state of the science. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 155, 12-27. A recent review paper by Lindsay Mehrkam and Clive Wynne summarizes well the state of

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Dr. Karen Overall’s reactive dog Missy Rose Parts 1 and 2

The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, in collaboration with Psychology Today, presents a new blog series called Decoding Your Pet. In their first two blog posts (both linked below), veterinary behaviorist Dr. Karen Overall describes the history of her own dog Missy Rose and some strategies she

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How to clean your dog’s ears

This video shows a dog that has his first ear infection. The ear is very painful and we need to collect samples. Very few dogs only have one ear infection in their life. It is important to make this first impression a good one. In addition owner

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Cattle video

This video was put together by students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Understanding rabbit behavior and preventing and treating behavior problems

Most behaviors exhibited by pet rabbits can be linked back to their ancestors’ lifestyles. Understanding how to manage these natural behaviors in a home environment as well as knowing how to prevent and treat problem behaviors will help rabbits and owners coexist peacefully. Link to article by

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Have You Heard? Voice recognition: Does your cat know it’s you? (audio)

Numerous studies have demonstrated that dogs recognize and communicate with their owners. But the responses of cats to their owners and their ability to discriminate between their owners and strangers is   still poorly understood. Can a cat distinguish its owner’s voice from that of a stranger? Or

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Using clonidine and trazodone for anxiety-based behavior disorders in dogs

“The use of psychoactive pharmaceuticals in veterinary behavior medicine has proved invaluable in managing anxiety-based disorders. Without the appropriate and judicious use of these medications, many dogs would be much less likely to respond to behavior modification therapy. Medications such as fluoxetine and sertraline (selective serotonin reuptake

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Slo-Bowl by Kyjen Product Review

I had the opportunity recently to try out a new product, the Slo-Bowl, for my 11-year-old, 60-lb golden retriever. The Slo-Bowl is a dog food bowl designed to slow the dog’s eating, and it truly works! The Slo-Bowl is made by Kyjen, a company based in Colorado.

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Training Your Pet to Take Medication

This is a video on teaching your pet to take medication, without touching your pet. This technique can be used for a variety of species with slight modifications. The key is to go slow and not force your pet. For the pdf instructions visit the related website

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