Dealing with a pet that suffers from a disorder of anxiety, fear or panic often requires a bit of dedication and effort from the caregiver to help that pet rehabilitate. In addition to the possible financial impact (for behavior modification training and medical care), there are often complex social and emotional effects on the caretaker of an affected pet.
Join us in this 30 minute roundtable discussion of the emotional impact of dealing with a pet with separation anxiety. Our panelists will discuss some of the more common challenges faced by these caregivers and some constructive ideas and tips for helping them deal with these emotions and social pressures.
When confronted with an unfamiliar object, dogs, Canis familiaris, engage in social referencing, i.e. synchronizing their reaction with that of their owner. The question of whether, like infants, they do so when confronted with an unfamiliar person, has not yet been studied. We tested the reactions of 72 pet dogs (36 shepherds and 36 molossoids) that were confronted with an unfamiliar person who approached them in a neutral manner. The dogs' owners were instructed to behave in one of three ways towards the stranger: stay still, approach or retreat. The dogs performed referential looks and gaze alternations between the experimenter and their owner.
These findings suggest a new way to manage dogs' reactions in public places.
Animal Behaviour, Volume 113, March 2016, Pages 147-156. Authors: Charlotte Duranton, Thierry Bedossa, Florence Gaunet.
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Approved for 0.5 hrs of CE credit by the AAVSB RACE program, NY State and the NJVMA. The method of delivery is online and interactive.
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