This seminar comprises just about all that veterinary practitioners need to know about dog behavior and training. It consists of over 6 hours of video, plus detailed notes and supplementary dog training resources that can be downloaded and distributed to your clients.

This program 845-26132 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 6.00 CE Credits for the Subject Categories of:1) Scientific and 3) Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development, using the delivery method: Non-Interactive-Distance. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program should you have any comments/questions/concerns about this program.

The scope of the information is certainly not huge but it’s hugely time-sensitive and critically important for dogs’, owners’ and practitioners’ mental health and quality of life. Dogs develop only a limited number of problems, the problems are utterly predictable and their prevention or resolution is by and large, pretty straightforward.

These predictable and preventable behavior problems are the single biggest reason why owners surrender or abandon their dogs. Owners do not want to live with a dog that soils the house, barks excessively, chews destructively, misbehaves when left at home alone, or is hyperactive or unfriendly. The pet loses its life, the owner loses a companion and the veterinarian loses an animal client. It makes good sense, therefore, for veterinarians to consider pets’ psychological and behavioral health as well physical health, i.e., to educate your clients how to educate their pets.

The veterinary profession holds the key, since practitioners enjoy the unique position of seeing every puppy a number of times while he/she is still young and impressionable and at a time when the owners are enthusiastic about training. This seminar will provide effective resources for veterinarians to disseminate necessary time-sensitive educational materials to their clients.

Animal behavior has a crucial impact on the veterinary profession. Mannerly, well-behaved and good-natured dogs allow the practitioner to get on with their job. Behavior, temperament and training problems waste time and generally make life unpleasant for the practitioner, owner and animal client.

Goals
At the end of the course, students will be able to…

  • Weigh the risks of contracting disease vs. a lack of sufficient puppyhood socialization
  • Distribute resources that explain how to enact a simple and effective house training and socialization program for breeders and new puppy owners
  • Ensure that all puppies they meet receive the training and socialization they deserve
  • Prevent their canine clients from developing predictable behavior problems, such as house soiling, destructive chewing, excessive barking, hyperactivity and aggression towards people and dogs
  • Teach their human clients how to ensure their dogs develop all-important bite-inhibition
  • Make their veterinary clinic into a place that dogs and their owners enjoy visiting
  • Develop unparalleled levels of loyalty from their clients
  • Assess aggression in dogs and recommend treatment protocols
  • House train, chewtoy train and socialize a new puppy or adult dog
  • Train a dog to be quiet on cue
  • Train a dog to enjoy spending time at home alone
  • Apply behavioral science principles to practice management, motivating clients, employees and yourself

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Introduction
    • Thank You!
    • Video Notes
  • 2
    Session 1: Puppyhood Socialization
    • Session 1 Lecture Notes
    • 1.1 An Ounce of Prevention
    • 1.2 Better Late than Never
    • 1.3 It's Up to You!
  • 3
    Session 2: Temperament Problems
    • Session 2 Lecture Notes
    • 2.1 Prevention vs. Treatment
    • 2.2 Assess the Damage
    • 2.3 Bite Inhibition
    • 2.4 Bite Threshold
  • 4
    Session 3: Behavior Problems
    • Session 3 Lecture Notes
    • 3.1 Predictable Behavior Problems
    • 3.2 Total Management
    • 3.3 Autotraining with Kongs
  • 5
    Session 4: Practice Management
    • Session 4 Lecture Notes
    • 4.1 People Training
    • 4.2 Building a Better Practice
    • 4.3 Change is Coming
  • 6
    Congratulations on Completing this Course
    • Certificate and Continued Education Credits