A behaviorists favorite resources for veterinarians, team members and pet owners

September 30, 2019
Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB
Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB

Dr. Radosta is the owner of Florida Veterinary Behavior Service in West Palm Beach, Florida. She completed a residency in behavioral medicine at University of Pennsylvania where she received two national research awards. She has authored textbook chapters; writes a column for the Palm Beach Post and podcasts CE for VetGirl. She has published research papers on thyroid disease and clinician client communication and has lectured across the country and internationally. She is the behavior section editor for Small Animal Advances in Medicine and Surgery, sits on the American Animal Hospital Association Behavior Management Guidelines Task Force and the Fear Free Advisory Board.

Heres a list of my favorite books and websites for veterinarians, veterinary team members and/or pet owners to cover the most common or difficult behavioral issues.

Getty ImagesThe team at dvm360 asked me to deliver a resource list for veterinarians, veterinary team members and clients to learn more about each major behavior issue folks face with their pets. Here's what we came up with-I use “V” for veterinarians, “T” for team members and “P” for pet owners to indicate the best audience for each tool:

Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat(V)

A practical guide to treating behavior problems in the veterinary hospital.

Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Canine and Feline Behavior (V)

A quick guide for veterinarians on diagnosis and treatment.

Cooperative Veterinary Care (V, T)

A start-to-finish guide to conditioning animals to accept veterinary handling.

Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones (V, T, P)

A guide to dog behavior and the first steps in treatment of most behavior problems.

dognerds.thinkific.com (V, T, P)

My distance/online learning website with treatment plans for dogs with serious behavioral disorders.

fearfreepets.com (V, T, P)

Certification is offered in Fear Free concepts, with a toolbox of medication dosages, handling, restraint and training resources.

Fired Up, Frantic and Freaked Out: Training Crazy Dogs From Over-the-Top to Under Control (P)

A guide for pet parents for leash-reactive dogs.

flvetbehavior.com (V, T, P)

My website for Florida Veterinary Behavior Service, with articles, handouts and questionnaires for either veterinarians or pet parents.

From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog From Anxiety, Fears and Phobias (V, T, P)

A guide for owners of fearful dogs, with color photos and handouts.

A Kids' Comprehensive Guide to Speaking Dog! (P)

A book with plenty of kid-friendly illustrations to help them understand canine body language and how to live safely with dogs.

Low Stress Handling Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats Techniques for Developing Patients Who Love Their Visits (V, T)

An illustrated guide with accompanying DVD on concepts of low-stress restraint in dogs and cats.

muzzleupproject.com (V, T, P)

A website destigmatizing muzzles and offering solid advice on training and what to buy.

Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog (V, T, P)

An illustrated book for positive reinforcement to raise a well-adjusted and well-trained puppy.

The Trainable Cat: A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat (V, T, P)

The best guide-with pictures-for understanding cats and training.

Dr. Lisa Radosta owns Florida Veterinary Behavior Service in West Palm Beach, Florida, and also helped create Dog Nerds, an online resource for dog behavior solutions.