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Articles tagged: Behavior

Bang! Bang! Helping your Dog Manage Noise Phobia

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Fear of noises is a very common and real problem for dogs. When a dog is exposed to certain noises, such as sirens, smoke alarms, fireworks, kettle whistles and vacuum cleaners, a dog with a noise phobia may pant or salivate excessively, tremble, or run and hide from fear. There are a number of steps one can take to combat noise phobias, including desensitization and counterconditioning. Learn here what you can do to help your pet manage his fear of noises.

Ever Wonder: Why Do Dogs Bark?

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Stephanie Borns-Weil, V07, a resident specializing in animal behavior at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, explains The new Tufts Now video series Ever Wonder features faculty and other experts answering questions about which we all… Read More

Urinating Outside the Litter Box

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Why do some cats pee outside their litter box? If a medical condition is ruled out, cat owners are usually able to make changes to modify this unwanted behavior. Here is some expert advice.

woman on the floor cleaning her cats pee stain

Preventing Everyday Pet Accidents

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Unfortunately, accidents happen and for even the most careful and dedicated pet owners, sometimes there’s nothing you can do to prevent them. Knowing who to call in the event of an emergency will ensure your pet receives the best possible care. What’s also important to know is that there are some steps you can take to prevent certain accidents or injuries that often require emergency treatment.

Fending Off the Feline Feud

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, delivers a step-by-step plan to stop redirected aggression between two cats in the same home. Here is how it works.

Clinical Case Challenge: Animal Behavior Clinic (Dog)

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Case Description A 2.5-year-old miniature dachshund named Otto, presented to the Animal Behavior Clinic at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University for the sudden onset of aggression to his owners. The aggression consisted… Read More

Happy Driving with your Dog!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Riding in the car is a very common dog phobia. Fortunately, most dog owners can help their pet overcome this fear by introducing him or her to the car in a step-by-step approach that involves… Read More

Boom! Boom! Helping Your Dog with Thunderstorm Phobias

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Thunderstorm phobia or anxiety is real and a fairly common problem for many dogs. It can be difficult to watch. Before the first sound of thunder, dogs with thunderstorm phobia become overwhelmed and show physical signs of fear. While thunder is just one of many frightening noises, it is treated a bit differently than other noise phobias. In fact, the fear of thunderstorms may not only be limited to the loud booms associated with them. Learn what causes thunderstorm phobia in dogs and learn how you can help your dog manage this fear.