Depending upon its source, the companion animal related behavioural advice received by owners can be inconsistent and often inaccurate, with resultant welfare implications for pets (and often their
Depending upon its source, the companion animal related behavioural advice received by owners can be inconsistent and often inaccurate, with resultant welfare implications for pets (and often their human families and other social stimuli that the pet encounters). This one-day course considers common behaviour problems of cats/kittens and dogs/puppies, regarding which clients may approach practice staff.
The day begins by taking an overview of the ethology of both the cat and dog, enabling participants to appreciate the limitations which may be placed upon a companion animal’s capacity to accommodate to a domestic environment and the difficulties that the pet may experience in meeting their owners’ expectations. Following this, some basic learning theory will be considered, enabling attendees to understand how and why companion animals learn to behave and how animals can be encouraged to learn to offer behaviours that are compatible with owner requirements.
The afternoon will be devoted to applying the information assimilated during the morning sessions as we consider some common behaviour problems that may be exhibited by the dog or cat, enabling us to determine whether the problem is suitable for ‘in house’ treatment and the advice that would be suitable. For cases that should be referred for specialist support, we shall consider what first aid support should be provided, how a referral should be made and to whom.
Specific areas to be covered:
• Canine – Puppy biting, indoor urination, resource guarding and some case history-based problems associated with aggression.
• Feline – Kitten biting and play problems, toileting issues, inter-cat problems and indoor cat issues
(Thursday) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Claire HargraveBsc (Hons) MSC PGCE C Sci C Chem MRSC DAS(CABC) CCAB Companion Animal Behaviour Referrals, Wales
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