Fall is in the air! One of the most beautiful times of the year is right around the corner. A time filled with change and an abundance of color. Mother Nature has a lovely way of communicating. Of telling various species of animals and plants that its time to...
Dr. Meredith Stepita discusses other causes of behavior that might appear like separation anxiety in this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding your Pet series. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201506/separation-anxiety-the-great-imitator-part-1
There is no shortage of recommendations for the use of positive reinforcement in today’s pet training and behavior books. Pet behavior professionals of various backgrounds have embraced positive reinforcement as a scientifically sound and effective way to change behavior without reliance on physical force or aversive stimuli. The increased...
In this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding Your Pet series, Dr. Karen Sueda some play options for your feline friend. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201503/kitty-play-saves-the-day
In this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding Your Pet series, Dr. Karen Sueda reviews the differences between treats when they have become bribes and treats as effective positive reinforcers. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201503/using-treats-bribe-or-bonus
Housetraining a new puppy can be a real struggle for many families. This process involves much careful observation, consistent rewarding (reinforcement) of good behavior, and avoidance of accidents. Here are three important steps to successful housetraining: First, be sure to reward all successful urinations and defecations outside of the...
Applied animal behaviorists and veterinary behaviorists typically are called in by pet owners to address a variety of behavior problems and training deficits exhibited by their companion animals. Our job is to assess the situation, provide a functional characterization of the problem behavior, and offer interventions that can help...
Animal Madness Book Review Author Laurel Braitman has a fresh perspective on animal psychology. Her PhD work is in History of Science and she provides interesting historical context for the early days of mental illness diagnoses in animals, and the development of modern-day psychopharmacology. She gets her point across...
Videotaping is a great way to identify if a patient is responding to treatment, especially with separation anxiety and storm/noise phobias. Unfortunately many people do not have a video camera or the ability to convert the video to send to their veterinarian. There is an inexpensive application called “Lapse-it”...
In part 2 of this series, we equip veterinary teams to assess and alleviate fear during veterinary visits to build a more positive patient experience and stronger pet-owner relationships. If you’re not conducting routine evaluations for common behavior problems, you’re not alone. Taking a proactive approach to behavior is...
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