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Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses


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Contributors xiii Preface xvi Acknowledgments xvii About the companion website xviii 1 The Role of the Veterinary Technician in Animal Behavior 1 Kenneth M. Martin and Debbie Martin Veterinarian's roles and responsibilities 2 Medical differentials to behavior disorders 4 Behavior disorder versus training problem 5 Qualified professionals to treat animal behaviour disorders 6 Trainer's roles and responsibilities 7 The role of the veterinary technician in the veterinary behavior consultation 12 Summary of the roles of the veterinarian veterinary technician and dog trainer in veterinary behavior 22 Home versus clinic behavior consultations 22 Veterinary-technician-driven behavior services 24 Financial benefits 28 Conclusion 28 References 28 2 Canine Behavior and Development 30 Andrew U. Luescher Canine sensory capacities 30 Canine communication 31 Canine social structure 37 Exploratory behavior 39 Ingestive behavior 39 Eliminative behavior 40 Sexual behavior 40 Maternal behavior 40 Play behavior 41 Canine behavioral development 41 Problem prevention 48 Conclusion 49 References 50 Further reading 50 3 Feline Behavior and Development 51 Debbie Martin Feline sensory capacities 52 Feline communication 53 Feline domestication, social structure, and behavior 58 Feline behavioral development 63 Conclusion 68 References 68 4 The Human-Animal Bond - a Brief Look at its Richness and Complexities 70 Julie K. Shaw and Sarah Lahrman The HAB past present and future 71 Defining healthy versus unhealthy bonds 76 Conclusion 81 References 81 5 Communication and Connecting the Animal Behavior Team 83 Julie K. Shaw and Lindsey M. Fourez A comparison between marriage and family therapist and the role of the animal behaviour technician 84 Communication 85 Connective communication techniques 87 Teaching 92 The communication cycle 95 Grief counseling 102 Conclusion 111 References 111 6 Learning and Behavior Modification 113 Virginia L. Price Genetics and learning 113 Effect of domestication on learning 119 Effects of nutrition on learning 122 Early environment and learning 123 Habituation and sensitization 124 Operant conditioning 126 Classical conditioning 135 Social learning 138 Conclusion 140 References 140 7 Problem Prevention 145 Debbie Martin, Linda M. Campbell, and Marcia R. Ritchie Introduction 146 Preventing fear of the veterinary hospital 147 Ideal characteristics for pet owners 149 Canine management and prevention techniques 151 Canine prevention: effects of neutering 154 Canine prevention: socialization 155 Canine prevention: crate training 155 Canine prevention: elimination training 157 Canine prevention: independence training 159 Canine prevention: handling and restraint 160 Canine prevention: safety around the food bowl and relinquishing objects 162 Feline management and prevention techniques 164 Understanding cats and their characteristics 164 Feline management recommendations 164 Feline environmental enrichment 165 Feline prevention: effects of neutering 166 Feline prevention: socialization 166 Feline prevention: litter box training 167 Feline prevention: crate training 167 Feline prevention: handling and restraint 168 Prevention (canine and feline): introducing a new pet 168 Problem solving normal species-specific behavior 171 Prevention services 182 Puppy socialization classes 188 Kitten classes 195 Integrating behavior wellness into the veterinary hospital 199 Conclusion 202 References 202 8 Specific Behavior Modification Techniques and Practical Applications for Behavior Disorders 204 Julie K. Shaw Common veterinary behavior disorder diagnosis and descriptions 206 Common veterinarian-prescribed behavioural treatments 216 Training techniques 221 Training tools 230 Marker training techniques and skills 240 Behavior modification 255 Conclusion 262 The practical applications of behaviour modification 263 Staying safe 276 Conclusion 279 References 279 9 Introductory Neurophysiology and Psychopharmacology 281 Sara L. Bennett and Carissa D. Sparks Introduction 281 Basic neurophysiology 282 Blood-brain barrier 287 Neurotransmitters 287 Pharmacokinetics 289 Drug categories 290 Conclusion 299 References 299 Further reading 300 Appendix Section 1: Forms and Questionnaires Appendix 1 Canine Behavior History Form Part 1 303 Appendix 2 Canine Behavior History Form Part 2 308 Appendix 3 Feline Behavior History Form Part 1 313 Appendix 4 Feline Behavior History Form Part 2 318 Appendix 5 Trainer Assessment Form 322 Appendix 6 Determining Pet Owner Strain 324 Appendix 7 Canine Behavior Plan of Care 325 Appendix 8 Behavior Problem List 327 Appendix 9 Technician Observation 328 Appendix 10 Follow-up Communation Form 329 Appendix 11 Behavior Diary 331 Appendix 12 Adult Cat (3 months to 12 years) Questionnaire 333 Appendix 13 Juvenile/Adolescent/Adult Dog (4 months to 7 years) Questionnaire 335 Appendix 14 New Kitten (less than 3 months) Questionnaire 337 Appendix 15 New Puppy (less than 4 months) Questionnaire 339 Appendix 16 Senior Cat (greater 12 years) Questionnaire 341 Appendix 17 Senior Dog ( 7 + years) Questionnaire 343 Appendix 18 Pet Selection Counseling 345 Appendix 19 Canine Breeder Interview Questions 347 Appendix Section 2: Training Exercises Appendix 20 Acclimatizing a Pet to a Crate 351 Appendix 21 Elimination Training Log 352 Appendix 22 Shaping Plan for Teaching a Puppy to Ring a Bell to go Outside to Eliminate 353 Appendix 23 Preventive Handling and Restraint Exercises 354 Appendix 24 Preventive Food Bowl Exercises 356 Appendix 25 Teaching Tug of War 357 Appendix Section 3: Samples and Letters Appendix 26 Canine Behavior Plan of Care Sample 361 Appendix 27 Sample Field Assessment 363 Appendix 28 Sample of a Pet Selection Report 368 Appendix 29 Dr. Andrew Luescher's Letter Regarding Puppy Socialization 372 Appendix 30 Dr. RK Anderson's Letter Regarding Puppy Socialization 373 Appendix 31 Sample Puppy Socialization Class Curriculum 375 Appendix 32 Sample Kitten Class Curriculum 377 Index 379

About the Author

Julie Shaw, RVT, VTS (Behavior), KPA-CTP, was the Senior Animal Behavior Technologist at Purdue University for 13 years and is now an owner of TEAM Education in Animal Behavior, LLC, in Spicewood, Texas, USA. Debbie Martin, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior), is the Animal Behavior Technician for Veterinary Behavior Consultations, LLC, and an owner of TEAM Education in Animal Behavior, LLC, in Spicewood, Texas, USA.


"Veterinary technicians are in the primary and pivotal position to prevent behavior problems, protect and strengthen the human animal bond and be the catalyst for Fear Free veterinary visits. This book has been long needed and will help your hospital reach those goals. Achieve these goals and you thrive, it's that simple. This book is a must have in every veterinary hospital library. Read it and reap (the benefits)!" Dr. Marty Becker "America's Veterinarian" "Taking the pet out of petrified...puts pets back into practices" "There are few people with the breadth of experience as Julie Shaw to understand the importance of an integrated team approach to problem behaviour management, and even fewer who can communicate so articulately. Julie is a rare talent and this book is a "must have" for every veterinary clinic." Daniel S. Mills BVSc PhD CBiol FSB FHEA CCAB Dip ECAWBM(BM) MRCVS European & RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine "I believe it will be a great resource for veterinary technicians and anyone else interested in the clinical veterinary behavior of dogs and cats." (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 15 March 2015)

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