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.
Learning objectives:
  • 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.