Anxiety, Aggression, & Why Dogs Eat Feces with Veterinary Behaviorist, Dr. Melissa Bain

Welcome back to Your Dog Wants You To Know This!

Today we are excited to have Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, MS, DACAW, professor of Clinical Animal Behavior at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She is board-certified in both veterinary behavior and veterinary welfare. She also has a Master’s degree in advanced clinical research and is a past president of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.

We are going to dig into anxiety, aggression and why dogs eat feces. When it comes to a dog with generalized anxiety, the best thing a behaviorist can do is manage the expectations of an owner and determine what really needs to be addressed versus what an owner might want to see.

In this episode we’ll cover:

The owner’s perception of anxiety vs. the behaviorist’s

Managing an owner’s expectations for their pet

Behavioral medications for dogs with generalized anxiety

Prioritizing needs vs. wants

Managing feces-eating behavior

Not all dogs are anxious, but they all can experience anxiety. This episode is full of interesting information about the latest studies on medications, best practices for a usually calm dog experiencing anxiety, and why dogs seem so interested in eating poop that you won’t want to miss.

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