Benjamin L. Hart, DVM, PhD, DACVB
Dr. Benjamin Hart discusses a problem commonly encountered by practitioners--fighting between a client's dogs. Dr. Hart considers one potential cause of this problem: the owner inadvertently undermines the pack hierarchy. He describes a method for quick resolution of aggression between two normal dogs whose owner has created instability and aggression by interfering with the social order. His advice: Show the dogs that you reinforce the same social hierarchy they do. Keep in mind that there are various causes of interdog aggression and that other causes will require different interventions.
Dogs and cats are often observed eating grass and other plants of no apparent value.
In this video, Dr. Benjamin Hart discusses the process of habituating cats to riding in the car.
As applied to animals, the terms anxieties, fears and phobias refer to a continuum.
Aggression is the most common problem behavior of dogs, comprising about 70% of canine cases presented to behavior clinics.
Despite the fact that cats are known for their fastidious eliminative behavior, problem elimination, especially urination, is the most frequent category of behavioral problems in feline practice.