You are not alone in trying to understand why your dog or cat engages in peculiar, frustrating, destructive, or even dangerous behaviors. Here you’ll find useful, well-organized information on the more common behavior challenges that bedevil a whole lot of pet parents.
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.
General practitioners are often the first resource for clients struggling with pet behavior problems. Here you’ll find a growing body of information on psychopharmacology, low stress management of frightened and reactive pets, and the causes of and management of common pet owner concerns. I hope you find it helpful in your work improving the lives of your patients and their families.
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.
Bringing out the best in a cat or dog is a hands-on task. Seeing it in a video is often better than reading it. My goal with these videos is to make behavior management easier to understand and implement.