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This compact, easy-access consultant to behavioral difficulties encountered in veterinary perform bargains quick and invaluable recommendation for trendy veterinary crew. teacher assets can be found; please touch your Elsevier revenues consultant for details.Coverage deals quick suggestion to the veterinary workforce who're frequently provided with behavioral difficulties of their practice.Easy-to-read structure comprises introductions, scientific differentials, underlying explanations, prognosis, motion packing containers, and summaries.Content refers the reader to different chapters during the publication, in order that info are available quick and easily.Helpful handouts, which are photocopied, provide yet one more technique to additional your studying event.

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So the cat in the bottom right corner is the most aggressive and fearful. (Adapted from P Leyhausen 1979 Cat behaviour. Garland STMP Press, New York) 33 BASIC TOOLS IN BEHAVIOURAL MEDICINE Bluffing is not always considered an appropriate response and when cats are very frightened they will often shrink to the smallest possible dimensions and try to hide. It is in these situations that the feline maxim of ‘I can’t see you so you can’t see me’ really comes into play. In the end, all cats would prefer to avoid conflict if possible and this explains why flight is seen as such a desirable option when a cat finds itself in a situation where it feels threatened.

Drugs are not a substitute for behavioural workup The use of pharmacological intervention without an adequate behavioural workup is bad practice and medication should be used as a combination therapy alongside behavioural modification techniques. Concomitant behavioural therapy is needed in order to deal with the learned component of the behavioural problem and also to address the cause of the condition as well as the symptoms. Where the veterinary surgeon concerned is not able to offer appropriate behavioural therapy advice, the case should be referred for this aspect of treatment.

Poor timing of application of appetitive or aversive reinforcers is at the heart of many a behavioural problem. ’. If the answer is ‘yes’ then go ahead and interact with him with some form of appetitive reinforcement, but if the answer is ‘no’: STOP! Intensity of reinforcement When using positive reinforcement methods, it does not always follow that the more intense a reward the more effective it is. In some circumstances it is necessary to use a very intense reward in order to increase the level of motivation to perform the behaviour or to compete with other EXAMPLE: HOUSE-TRAINING A DOG Example 1 (✕) Desired response: Actual behaviour: Consequence: Timing: Dog’s perception: Effect: Dog’s perception: Toileting in garden Toileting in house Food treat and verbal praise Delivery of reward as dog comes back into house from garden Positive reinforcement of entering home No effect on location of toileting; increased anticipation of reward when entering house from garden Example 2 (✕) Desired response: Actual behaviour: Consequence: Timing: Toileting in garden Toileting in house Use of verbal or physical reprimand Delivery of punishment when dog caught toileting in house Effect: Positive punishment of toileting in front of owner No effect on location of toileting; increased anticipation of toileting in front of owner, resulting in dog not toileting if owner is present, even when in garden!

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