Dr. Jeff Nichol Residency Trained in Veterinary Behavior

Residency Trained in

Veterinary Behavior

Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico

(505) 792-5131

My behavior services include a complete explanation of your pet's behavior, and clear instructions on exactly what to do at home, along with answers to all of your questions.

Dr. Jeff Nichol

About Dr. Nichol

Caring for pets is what I’ve wanted to do since I was 8 years old. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan I started undergraduate classes at Michigan State University as a Pre-Veterinary major just 3 days after high school graduation. What a thrill! I was on my way to reaching my dream.

Daily Blog

There are many kinds of concerns about the well-being of pets that need attention. With my specialty training in veterinary behavior medicine, along with over 40 years of general practice and emergency work, I'm equipped to address a multitude of issues. Sometimes I get slammed, so please don’t feel bad if I can't provide a direct response.

Knowledge Base

Biting, fighting, destructiveness, fear, urine and fecal soiling, and so much else have been scientifically researched and understood. My post graduate behavior residency training has provided me a wealth of information that I am happy to share. I have created a blog, podcasts, instructional videos, and articles with answers to 2000+ pet owner questions to help with the most frustrating and vexing dog and cat conundrums.

Dr. Nichol,
We have been working with Chaco and all your help has been wonderful. We don’t know what we would have done if we never brought Chaco to you. We are so thankful for all that you have done for us we really appreciate it, you have no idea. We know that Chaco will be the way he is but at least at this point we can deal with him and enjoy him too. I know he feels better too with lowering his anxiety level but will always have some but we can deal with that at this point. Again we thank you and will keep in touch through the years.
Sincerely, Joyce & Lyle

Dear Dr. Nichol,
Merry Christmas! Bonnie is doing great. We just went on a two week vacation and she stayed with the house sitter. There was not even one incident and Sam and I are so happy. She is starting to interact more with other dogs as well as people. Just wanted to let you know that you have made a big difference in our lives and we thank you. We couldn’t be happier with our relationship with you.  It was certainly worth it as Bonnie is a great dog.
Amara and Sam Cudney 

Dr. Jeff,
I am thrilled to be able to write you with these updates about Mitzvah. Manny’s arrival and Mitz’s response had me so sad… and feeling very frightened and hopeless…She has made great strides. Rather, because you taught us how we should be responding (or not?) to her we are all reaping the rewards. i am forever in your debt.
Again, thank you.

Barbara & I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the help you provided to Moki these past 4 years regarding his anxiety issues. Your help allowed our little guy to be a much happier & calmer dog. We certainly believe that he enjoyed a much fuller life as a result of your efforts. Seeing him being able to cope with his anxiety enriched our lives with him tremendously. Thank you for that peace of mind.
Andy Rankin & Barbara Ell

“I do not even know how to convey how the environment has shifted without the worry of a fight just around the corner. Very happily reporting low tension in this canine household! I cannot thank you enough!”
Kaya Green

Dr. Nichol: Wanted to give you an update on Echo.   She is doing great—sort of morphed from a shy, fearful dog into a normal, happy, excited 8 month old---weighing in at about 38 pounds and still growing.

Most of her fears are gone---still let’s Mattie do the barking at the front gate while she is either a few feet behind or inside looking out the sliding glass door barking.   Can easily approach dogs and people---once in a while a little anxious, but generally a non-issue for her.

Thanks for your help.
Jim & Rhonda

Good Morning Dr. Nichol,

It was wonderful meeting you!

Thank you so much for your time and for the written notes you sent yesterday.  We've all begun to work hard together to change our bad habits.  I'm still in awe at how Neptune looks at me for direction even more, now that we're changing the routine.  I had no idea.

Again, thank you infinitely for your guidance.

Veronique Longmire

Master Eddie is doing quite well, he's become very friendly and more accepting of me.  Nonetheless he still exhibits his neurotic quirks, but much less anxiety.  We've maintained using the Adaptil collar as well as two diffusers.  He's become more playful, and honestly is quite the gentleman responding well to training.  One big surprise recently, Eddie has started wagging his tail!  Not all the time, but we were just overjoyed - what an unexpected development. 

Michael Sides

Recently posted articles

The following questions and answers have appeared in my weekly column in the Albuquerque Journal since July, 1996. Each week a new one is added. You'll find information on the physical and behavioral maladies of dogs and cats and a few other species too. I invite you to use the search feature to find the specific answer that you and your pet need.

Keep pets safe and monitor air quality

Question: Several people (not veterinarians!) have suggested that it isn’t safe to walk my 11-year-old Boston Terriers in Albuquerque this summer – or even keep them in New Mexico at all – because these brachycephalic dogs are so susceptible to breathing difficulties caused by ash and other particles in the air from the wildfires. They…

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Cats fighting

Cat Angry, Losing Weight after Moving in With Mom’s Cats

Reduce the anxiety, improve the home environment Question: I took in a stray kitten back in August, 2012 after being tased and thrown out by a neighbor. Baby Girl isn’t friendly toward visitors. Now we have moved in with my mom and her two cats. Baby Girl spits at my mom’s female cat. She’s been…

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Fireworks Fear

Comfort Scared Pets with Good Management Startled by earsplitting blasts, many otherwise stable pets will endure almost continual panic this weekend. Scared dogs may hide, tremble, drool, cry or howl, and even urine soil, vomit or pass diarrhea. Many get clingy but some escape the home and risk getting hit in the road. A freaked-out…

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Lick Wounds = Serious Problems

Chronic Nausea is Most Common Cause Question: My dog recently had a lick granulomas removed by laser. He was placed in an Elizabeth (cone) collar. When I take off the collar for him to eat he stops eating to lick the wounds. I have tried to take off the collar and dress the wounds with…

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