Canine Behavior: Insights and Answers
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Canine Behavior: Insights and Answers, 2nd Edition offers cutting-edge information on the latest advances in the field of clinical canine behavior. It is intended to meet the needs of veterinarians, veterinary students and technicians as well as pet owners dealing with problem pets, pet care personnel who handle dogs in the course of their work, and dog lovers who are seeking understanding of the natural and aberrant behaviors of their canine companions. This new edition establishes a solid foundation for understanding innate, dog-to-dog social interactions, communication, and sensory awareness, so that we humans can learn how to meaningfully and effectively communicate with our “best friends.” The author’s goals are to provide a clear understanding of normal behaviors and to provide the necessary tools to identify problem behaviors and their origins. Only then is it possible to successfully – and humanely – prevent, eradicate, or minimize unacceptable behaviors and build successful, lifelong relationships with our dogs.
- Discussions of all frequently encountered behavioral challenges in light of the natural history and innate behavioral development of dogs help you better understand the dog’s natural responses to living in the modern world.
- Chapters organized by categories of behavior, featuring the most up-to-date scientific and practical insights on a wide variety of basic and complicated behavioral problems, such as canine dominance and its relationship to aggression, separation anxiety, phobias and stress disorders, house soiling and marking, excessive barking, destructive behaviors, and more.
- Coverage of clinical applications of new drugs offers safer, more effective solutions for a wide variety of common behavioral problems.
- Helpful advice on behavioral modification outcomes helps you easily identify and attain acceptable treatment goals.
- The latest information on the risks and benefits of psychotropic drugs currently used for behavior therapy enables you to determine the best treatment.
- Canine Behavior Drug Formulary that clarifies indications, contraindications, and dosages for safe drug administration.
- The latest insights and treatment options for managing the behavioral and cognitive changes in senior dogs help you adapt to the changing needs of an aging dog.
Aggression.30 On the other hand, aggression represents a high percentage of cases seen by veterinary behaviorists—that is, anywhere from 20% to 66% of the cases,* with most being directed toward people.15 Another 5% to 18% of all cases are fights between dogs.203 Intact male dogs are significantly more likely to be involved in problems with aggression, although sex differences are apparent in some types of aggression. Figures for aggression show that intact male dogs account for over half of.
Attacks, a dog weighing more than 40 lb, an abrupt escalation of intensity, a history of dominance challenges,100,266,268 and a history of aggression for longer than 1 year. The request for euthanasia is generally honored, because these dogs would often be a problem in other homes49,331 and would expose the new owners to significant liability. Dominance Over Other Dogs Not all fights between dogs are related to dominance or social ranking. For those that are, they tend to fall into one of three.
To quantify and can be very subtle to an owner, making accurate diagnosis difficult. Attempts have been made to develop a diagnostic score sheet,349 but most behaviorists rely on identifying the major changes instead. By looking at four of the parameters—housetraining, orientation in the home and yard, sleep-wake cycle, and social interactions—researchers were able to identify at least one impairment in 28% of dogs at 11 to 12 years of age.189,241,242,313 By 14 years, 48% had some impairment,19.
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