Sudden change in your dog’s behavior? He could be in pain. Click Here for Original Post In our practice, we are regularly presented with dogs whose behaviors appear to have changed abruptly. Often once we take a deep dive into their histories we uncover signs that the behavior problem...
Cheryl Kolus, DVM, KPA-CTP Click for Original Post Craisin Her big green eyes sucked me in the moment I saw them. They had the potential to be so beautiful, but right now they were filled to the brim with fear. And they wouldn’t change much for a good 10 weeks....
WHY “SIT” HAPPENS: CUES VS. CONSEQUENCES Click Here for Original Post By Dr. Jen Summerfield Today’s topic is one that you might not have ever given much thought to, but it has more impact on your training than you might think! What makes behavior happen? Or to put it...
Dog Training Methods Affect Attachment to the Owner Originally posted on Companion Animal Psychology Dogs trained with aversive methods are less likely to show a ‘secure base’ effect, study shows. When people use aversive methods to train dogs, it is associated with risks to the dog’s welfare, including fear, stress,...
Getting used to things (or not): Habituation vs. Sensitization by Jennifer Summerfiled, DVM Not too long ago, one of my training clients told me about an unexpected problem she was having with her dog. She had recently moved from a rural area to a more suburban neighborhood, and had...
In the fourth installment of a series, Dr. Melissa Bain discusses owner factors that play a role when assessing pet behavior problems. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201511/risk-analysis-behavior-problems-owner-factors-4
Webinar title and description: Use of Psychotropic Medications and Alternatives, with Liz Stelow, DVM, DACVB This webinar presents the uses of psychopharmacologic agents in veterinary medicine. Topics include ethical and legal issues around these medications, practical use of medications for different behavioral diagnoses, specific classes of medications and how...
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...
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
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) is of interest due to the threat these animals pose to people, other animals and the environment. Current sterilization procedures for male dogs include surgical and chemical methods. However, little is known about how these procedures affect their behavior. The primary objective of this study was to investigate changes in selected behaviors following chemical and surgical sterilization in a male free-roaming dog (FRD) population in southern Chile. We also examined the association between serum testosterone levels and behaviors thought to be influenced by circulating androgens. A total of 174 dogs were randomly assigned to either a surgical or chemical sterilization group, or a control group. At the onset of the intervention period, 119 dogs remained and 102 dogs successfully completed the study. Each dog was monitored pre- and post-intervention using video recordings, GPS collars, and blood samples for the measurement of testosterone. Analysis of behavior revealed that surgically castrated dogs showed no reduction of sexual activity or aggression when compared to their pre-intervention behavior. Chemically sterilized dogs showed a statistically significant increase in dog-directed aggression, but no change in sexual activity. There was no change in home range size in any groups between the pre- and post-intervention measurement. We found no consistent association between levels of serum testosterone concentration and behavioral changes in any of the groups. This study presents the first detailed behavioral observations following surgical and chemical sterilization in male FRDs. The information generated is highly relevant to communities struggling with the control of FRDs. Complementary studies to further our understanding of the effects of male sterilization on the behavioral and reproductive dynamics of FRD populations are needed.
In this excerpt from her pet behavior advice column, Dr. Megan Maxwell encourages pet owners to find opportunities to reward desirable behavior in their pets using natural reinforcers in daily routines. New Beginnings With the dawn of a new year often comes the embrace of new personal or professional...
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