Client handout: Is my dog playing or fighting?

June 6, 2017
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.

Help your veterinary clients understand the difference between safe, healthy play and aggressive, traumatic interactions.

Oh, they're just playing … right?

It can be tough to discern the difference between dogs having fun and dogs having a fight-especially if one dog is much larger and stronger than the other. This client handout can help clients spot the signs of normal play. It also details causes for concern and what to do when things get aggressive. Click here or on the image to the right to download a printable copy.