Short course has been announced: Zoo Animal Behavior. The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Resident’s short course has been announced for August 4th, 2016 in San Antonio. This year the main topics will be Zoo Animal Behavior presented by Liz Stelow, DACVB along with a morning of Exam Review...
Hello everyone! My name is Brittany Thomas. I am a licensed veterinary technician at Animal Medical Center of Middletown in Louisville, Kentucky. I am currently working on transitioning the practice to become more Fear Free. I teach puppy socialization classes, and am currently studying to become a veterinary technician...
A study published this month demonstrates that dopamine is involved in learning under both positive and negative reinforcement contingencies. A summary of this research, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, is provided here: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-02/uops-bsn022916.php U of Penn’s original release of the study is here: http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2016/02/dani/ And the original paper...
The most recent AVSAB/UCD webinar is now available! Topic for the discussion and instructions for accessing it are presented. Direct link is: http://ucdavisvetmed.wcea.education/searchOnlineTraining#/training/162056 Users will need to sign in (or register if this is their first visit) but this only takes a moment. 10% discount code (for AVSAB members...
A brief report titled Behavioral Assessment of Child-Directed Canine Aggression by Reisner, Shofer, and Nance (2007) provides some demographic data on child-directed dog bites that include bite circumstances and dog characteristics. In their 2007 paper titled Behavioral Assessment of Child-Directed Canine Aggression, Reisner et al. report case data obtained...
In this excerpt from her pet behavior column, Dr. Megan Maxwell discusses the role that positive reinforcement can play in the behavior and training of pet cats: Many pet owners are surprised to hear that their cats can learn new behavior in a manner similar to the way that...
In this blog from Psychology Today’s Decoding your Pet series, Dr. Emily Levine discusses the relationship between pain and behavior. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201602/your-dog-can-t-be-in-pain-he-runs-and-plays-think-again
To disseminate reliable, accurate general pet behavior information, the ASPCA’s pet care page serves as a valuable resource. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care
Steiss, J.E., Schaffer, C., Ahmad, H.A., & Voith, V. L. (2007). Evaluation of plasma cortisol levels and behavior in dogs wearing bark control collars. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 106, 96-106. Abstract On Week -1, 24 healthy mixed breed kennel dogs were screened by physical examination, complete blood count, serum biochemistry,...
A recent study by E. Garde, G.E. Pérez, R Vanderstichel, P.F. Dalla Villa, and J.A. Serpell and published in November 2015 in Preventive Veterinary Medicine, furthers our understanding of the behavioral effects of sterilization. The study’s abstract is presented here. Population management of free-roaming domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris)...
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