Management of Common Canine Behavioral Problems
About the Course:
This course outlines a systematic method of working up behavioral cases, followed by specific treatment plans for a number of commonly seen conditions. Additionally, the course discusses strategies for the prevention of behavioral problems in young patients.
- Describe the laboratory diagnostics and necessary behavioral history required to arrive at a behavioral diagnosis.
- Describe the principles of desensitization and counterconditioning, including how these principles apply to the management of veterinary behavioral cases.
- Compare and contrast four drug classes used to treat behavioral problems.
- Describe four common anxiety-related conditions in dogs.
- Identify common themes in the treatment of canine fears and anxieties, including behavior modification and psychotropic medications.
- Explain the differences between owner-directed aggression and fear aggression, and how those differences affect case management.
- Utilize behavior modification techniques to manage canine inappropriate elimination.
- Explain behavioral and medical approaches to canine cognitive dysfunction.
- Define critical socialization periods in puppies.
- Develop a plan for preventing behavior problems in young canine patients.