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Cat Problem Behavior and How to Fix It

This is a video of Dr. Rachel Malamed DACVB being interviewed about cat behavior. In this video, Dr Malamed discusses feline elimination problems, how to encourage appropriate scratching and how to deal with fighting amongst cats.

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Fear vs. Respect

Dr. Lisa Radosta DACVB has a blog called Purely Puppy.  In this one, she goes over the difference between our dogs respecting us and fearing us. Here is the link to her blog, Fear vs Respect.

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Effects of breed, sex and neuter status on trainability in dogs

This study uses the C-BARQ questionnaire to evaluate the trainability of eleven dog breeds. This paper expands upon the authors’ 2003 study in which a “trainability” factor was identified.  The C-BARQ questionnaire was used to assess trainability of eleven different breeds of dogs.  These were the Basset

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Help! My dog licks everything

As veterinarians, we often get calls regarding dogs that have started to lick a variety of surfaces and objects around the house. In the online magazine, Veterinary Medicine of April 1, 2008, Dr Valarie Tynes DACVB has written an in depth article on dogs excessively licking objects

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What is a Behavior Professional?

When looking for a dog trainer or someone to help with your dog or cat’s unwanted behaviors, you might find people with all sorts of initials after their names, or maybe no initials at all. What does it all mean? When looking for a dog trainer or

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Clever hounds: social cognition in the domestic dog (Canis familiaris) Cooper et. al.

The paper by Cooper et.al. called “Clever hounds: social cognition in the domestic dog (Canis familiaris) reviews why the domestic dog makes a good model species for humans. Dogs are an excellent model species for humans.  They can be used to investigate cognitive processes related to social

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Intercat aggression in households following the introduction of a new cat

This paper reports on a survey that was sent out to households who had adopted a cat from a rescue society. There were three goals associated with this paper.  One was to determine the incidence of intercat aggression when a new cat was brought into a household

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SCAVSAB Activities

While the Behavior Medicine Club at UC Davis won the 2012 Student Chapter Awards, other SCAVSAB clubs also sported an impressive number and variety of activities.  Here’s an example of what the St. Matthew’s University student chapter was up to during the 2011-2012 school year. The St.

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The effect of a feeding stress-test on control and crib-biting horses

Cribbing is an oral sterotypy hypothesized to be a coping mechanism in horses. Crib biting is an oral stereotypy seen in 4-5% of horses.  A variety of studies have found the medical side effects to include tooth erosion, colic, gastric ulceration and weight loss.  Behaviour modification is

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Consistency of dogs’ reactions to threatening cues of an unfamiliar person

When investigating personality in animals and dogs in particular, it is important to use tests that are reliable. Vas et al assessed reliability in their paper “Consistency of dogs’ reactions to threatening cues of an unfamiliar person”.  Although it seems intuitive, a number of papers have been

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