More than one option : For the dog with a separation related behaviour problem
Clients often report concerns over their dog’s behaviour when left alone. The form of that behaviour may vary widely but commonly includes vocalisation, destruction and toileting. These behaviours can have significant consequences in terms of human quality of life and, for some clients, the problem has been brought into focus by complaints by neighbours and involvement of the local council. In addition, these cases raise serious concerns in terms of animal welfare and many of these patients are showing signs of extreme distress. In order to offer practical advice which can lead to long-term change, it is essential to understand the underlying emotional motivation for the behaviour. This presentation will therefore consider more than the option to approaching separation-related behaviours in your canine patients.
- Learning outcomes
- 1.Differentiate between different emotional motivations for separation-related behaviours
- 2.Recognise the need to tailor treatment to emotional motivation
- 3.Consider the role of medication in the management of these cases