Veterinary behavior issues: Lessen the guilt, lead the way

April 17, 2019
Julia Albright, MA, DVM, DACVB

Dr. Albright is an assistant professor of veterinary behavior and PetSafe Chair of Small Animal Behavioral Research at the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Though a specialist or trainer may be necessary, you can take care of more than you think in-house.

Has a client mentioned that their dog is acting a little combative toward other dogs or messed up the house when left alone? Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Julia Albright, MA, DVM, DACVB, says these may be emotionally based and not due to bad training. That's a relief for owners who might be quick to take on the blame. And she says you can do something about it.

While some cases may require a boarded veterinary behaviorist or the hand of a certified dog trainer, Dr. Albright suggests that you can get the ball rolling locally. By helping clients recognize instances that can be handled by, say, avoidance, as well as navigating the many pop culture training ideas, you'll set a course for success.

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What's more, you can have a team member-a licensed technician or even one without a professional degree-act as your internal behavior contact.

"You can certainly have somebody on your staff do one-on-one-clients love that," Dr. Albright says. "Not everybody wants to go to dog training class."

Need more encouragement? She says this can be a excellent source of revenue as well. Watch the video below for more.

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