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The Behavior Clinic at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals successfully treats many common animal behavior problems

Love, After First Bites

Nothing prepared the Devols for the Cujo-like behavior of their dachshund Otto. The sweet puppy they brought home had morphed into a snapping, snarling dog 18 months later.

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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.

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The Behavior Clinic at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals successfully treats many common animal behavior problems, including:

  • Aggression directed at people or other animals;
  • Anxiety issues, including separation anxiety and thunderstorm phobia;
  • Compulsive disorders such as tail chasing, shadow chasing, flank sucking and wool sucking;
  • Species-typical behaviors such as urine spraying;
  • Nuisance behaviors such as excessive barking, digging, nipping and jumping on people.

Treatment typically involves a combination of behavior modification for pets and management recommendations for owners. Medication may also be used when necessary.

Advanced Techniques
  • Customized leadership program to deal with owner-directed aggression
  • Proper control with a head halter to manage dogs with fear aggression
  • New strategies for storm phobia
  • Comprehensive separation anxiety alleviation program
  • Desensitization program for resolving feuding between household cats
  • Highly effective resolution of urination outside the litter box by cats
  • Pharmacological techniques to facilitate any or all of the above
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Recent Articles

  • Paying it Forward
    Twenty years into her career as a veterinary technician, Sandra Robbins continues to evolve as a CVT and VTS by challenging herself in new areas. Learn about how vast the field of veterinary technology is through her story. ... read more
  • MUSC Pet Therapy program helping traumatized patients
    Nicholas Dodman’s research is referenced in this article on therapy dogs. ... read more
  • Love, After First Bites
    Nothing prepared the Devols for the Cujo-like behavior of their dachshund Otto. The sweet puppy they brought home had morphed into a snapping, snarling dog 18 months later. ... read more
  • Dogs: To Hug or Not to Hug
    The answer is that it depends on the circumstances—there is no blanket rule There’s been a lot of discussion recently about whether it is a good or bad thing to hug a dog. Does the dog like it or tolerate it, or does it cause the dog stress? The answer ... read more
  • Lick the Habit
    What’s behind this common bonding behavior ... read more

Our Doctors

  • Stephanie Borns-Weil

    Stephanie Borns-Weil
    Animal Behavior

  • Nicholas H. Dodman

    Nicholas H. Dodman
    Behavioral Pharmacology, Animal Behavior