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2012 AVSAB Student Chapter Award

This year, AVSAB had a record number of student chapters (17) with many groups being quite active. The winner of this year’s award, The Behavior Medicine Club at UC Davis, was particularly outstanding. The club reduced costs for speakers by collaborating with other veterinary student clubs and

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Articles on Cat Body Language

As professionals, we need to understand feline behaviour signals as a way to enhance their quality of life and to be able to intervene when there are issues. Cat body language can be very subtle and requires great attention to detail when evaluating how cats are getting

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Training dogs with help of the shock collar: short and long term behavioural effects

In 2004, Shilder and van der Borg, studied dogs being trained for guard work in the Netherlands.  The two areas they focused on were negative reactions to the shock such as pain, fear, avoidance, submission and pain-induced aggression, as well as, the long term impact of using

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Playing styles and possible causative factors in dogs’ behaviour when playing with humans

Both gender and interactions with their owner have major impacts on how dogs play. In the paper by Toth et al, titled “Playing styles and possible causative factors in dogs’ behaviour when playing with humans”, dogs were observed playing two different games with two different play partners.

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Owner reports of attention, activity and impulsivity in dogs: a replication study

Finding models for ADHD is an important aspect of understanding this disorder. Mice and rats have long been used as animal models for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  In particular, the spontaneously hypertensive rat displays impulsivity, inattention and hyperactivity.  These are the criteria for construct, face and

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An experimental study of the effects of play upon the dog-human relationship

The paper “An experimental study of the effects of play upon the dog-human relationship” by Rooney and Bradshaw is one of the first to examine if there is an effect on the dog-human relationship in relation to play.  Specifically, the type of play examined was tug-of-war. As

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How to choose a trainer

Choosing a dog trainer can be one of the most important decisions that you make in your dog’s life. The techniques that a trainer uses can strongly affect how you interact with your dog for years to come. Therefore, it is very important to choose your trainer

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2012 AVSAB Student Chapter Award

This year, AVSAB had a record number of student chapters (17) with many groups being quite active. The winner of this year’s award, The Behavior Medicine Club at UC Davis, was particularly outstanding. The club reduced costs for speakers by collaborating with other veterinary student clubs and

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Answering Pet Behavior Questions at Behavior Expert Meeting by Steve Dale

When Steve Dale covers the behavior symposium, he always brings along excellent questions from his readers. To view some of the questions and answers, please go to his blog: Steve Dale’s Pet World

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Dominance in domestic dogs – useful construct or bad habit? Bradshaw, Blackwell and Casey

The paper by Bradshaw, Blackwell and Casey called “Dominance in domestic dogs – useful construct or bad habit?” reviews how the term dominance has been misappropriated in the context of domestic dog aggression.  It is not a trait of a single animal nor is it a motivation

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