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Behavior

Like Minds

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

The similarities between behavioral disorders in people and animals may lead to breakthroughs in the detection and treatment of autism, OCD and other compulsive disorders.

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

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.

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.

“I’ll Be Right Home”

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

You return from work and find your dog has recently chewed through the screen on your patio door. Your neighbor also reports that your dog has been howling and barking all day while you were gone. Are these scenarios familiar? If so, your dog may be suffering from separation anxiety. While issues with separation can rear their head any time of year, with summer vacations on the calendar, you might find your return to work after an extended time home to be particularly traumatic for your pet. If your dog is exhibiting signs of separation anxiety, there are things you can do to help make this situation less stressful!

Doggone DNA

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Veterinarians are studying inherited health problems in pets in an effort to prevent disease in animals and humans

The Hoarding Gene

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Using the behavior of Doberman pinschers to understand the compulsion to collect