Demystifying Dog Behaviour for the Veterinarian 1st Edition


by Kendal Shepherd, Publisher : CRC Press April 10, 2021, FileType: PDF

Demystifying dog behaviour for the veterinarian 1st edition

The behaviour textbook that’s been missing! – Dr Mandy Roshier, University of Nottingham, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, UK

This practical guide for busy veterinarians demystifies the apparently complex nature of canine behaviour while simultaneously emphasising its importance. Authored by acclaimed veterinary behaviour consultant Kendal Shepherd, the book provides practical knowledge of dog behaviour and an understanding of how to talk about it with clients. Shepherd shows how this can enhance the relationship between owner and pet and between dog and environment, including the vet surgery, as well as improve the vet’s own sense of fulfilment and enjoyment of practice.

From a discussion on the true nature of obedience to stressing the importance of behavioural indicators when assessing pain and mental welfare and finally by reminding vets of their obligations under Dangerous Dogs legislation, the emphasis is on the prevention of aggression throughout.

Packed with anecdotes drawn from real-life cases, easy to read and understand, the principles explained can be effortlessly assimilated into the average consultation without the need for lengthy report-writing.

Demystifying Dog Behaviour for the Veterinarian is a down-to-earth handbook designed to firstly help veterinarians understand their canine patients by seeing the world from the dog’s perspective, and secondly how to safely and humanely handle them. Kendal debunks all the common detrimental myths on dog behaviour including the dreaded dominant dog concept. This well-referenced text is chock-full of practical tips and anecdotes from Kendal’s wealth of case-studies (as a veterinarian, behaviour veterinarian and expert legal witness for the UK courts) to help the busy veterinary practitioner. A must read for all vets truly interested in safeguarding the welfare of the dog.

The behaviour textbook that’s been missing! An extremely valuable resource for the first opinion veterinary professional, at all stages of their career and training. Kendal provides welcomed illumination on this topic using a unique combination of shared life experiences from her perspectives as an early career vet, through to veterinary behaviourist and expert witness work, with case-based accounts, and references to just the right amount of theory. Essential tools are provided to aid vets in their canine observations and interactions, helping support their clients, and promote the mental health component of welfare. Although aimed at vets, this accessible text has many transferable messages and practical advice, and will appeal to a wider audience whose interest is in enhancing their canine understanding.  Zoo Animals, Behaviour, Management, and Welfare, 2nd Edition

Demystifying Dog Behaviour for the Veterinarian not only reflects on best veterinary handling of dogs, but makes owners consider how they can help their dogs too. It’s refreshing for the author to use references, but also acknowledge how the veterinarian’s handling methods might change as their experience and understanding advances. Well worth a read!

Kendal brings her wealth of experience as a veterinarian, clinical animal behaviourist and legal expert to this book, which is a must read highly accessible text for any veterinarian in general practice. The excellent use of illustrations, analogies and anecdotes leads the reader form the background of dog-human interactions, through to practical tips on managing dogs in veterinary practice. The inclusion of case reports provides contextual relevance to further add to the practical use of this book which will make any practitioner more behaviourally aware and thus improve the welfare of the dogs under our care.

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