Demystifying Dog Behaviour for the Veterinarian PDF Download.

Demystifying Dog Behaviour for the Veterinarian

Demystifying Dog Behaviour for the Veterinarian PDF Download

By Kendal Shepherd

Demystifying Dog Behaviour for the Veterinarian PDF. The behaviour textbook that’s been missing! – Dr Mandy Roshier, University of Nottingham, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, UK

This practical guide for busy veterinarians demystifies the apparently complex nature of canine behaviour while simultaneously emphasising its importance. Authored by acclaimed veterinary behaviour consultant Kendal Shepherd, the book provides practical knowledge of dog behaviour and an understanding of how to talk about it with clients. Shepherd shows how this can enhance the relationship between owner and pet and between dog and environment, including the vet surgery, as well as improve the vet’s own sense of fulfilment and enjoyment of practice.

From a discussion on the true nature of obedience to stressing the importance of behavioural indicators when assessing pain and mental welfare and finally by reminding vets of their obligations under Dangerous Dogs legislation, the emphasis is on the prevention of aggression throughout.

Packed with anecdotes drawn from real-life cases, easy to read and understand, the principles explained can be effortlessly assimilated into the average consultation without the need for lengthy report-writing.

Table of Contents



PART 1 – Dogs and vets

Chapter 1. What is a dog?

Chapter 2. Do’s and don’t’s of behaviourally aware general practice

Chapter 3. ‘Do as I do’

Chapter 4. What is obedience?

PART 2 – Dogs and owners

Chapter 5. The Ladder of Aggression

Chapter 6. How to ‘speak client’

Chapter 7. Avoiding conflict

i. Between dog and human

ii. Between humans

Chapter 8. The wisdom of children

Chapter 9. The educational value of analogy

Chapter 10. Walking a mile in a client’s moccasins

PART 3 – Dogs and the law

Chapter 11. Vets and the law

Chapter 12. Legal cases to illustrate behavioural principles

Chapter 13. The dilemma dogs face


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