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Mental health is health, too.
All behavior modification plans should prioritize a dog's health and welfare. Unfortunately, many behavior concerns stem from stressors (or triggers) that jeopardize health and hinder training progress. Sometimes, a case includes one or more of the following concerns:
In some of these cases, intervention with behavior medication can present major advantages as a counterpart to training. These medications can serve to reduce the damaging effects of stress, prevent the dog from repeating dangerous behaviors, and improve a dog's ability to learn and think rationally in the presence of potential stressors.
Only veterinarians or vet behaviorists can make medical recommendations for a dog. The best behavior plans include collaboration between the dog's guardians, vet, and behavior consultant!
The dog's stressors are unpredictable or unavoidable.
The dog's stressors are very generalized.
The dog's welfare or functioning is significantly impacted.
There are risks to the welfare of other people or animals in the home.
The dog is presenting with multiple comorbid conditions (anxiety, aggression, fear, stress).
The dog's threshold is very low; it is difficult to provide a setup for comfortable learning.
Learn more about behavior medication!
These resources include evidence-based information sourced from veterinarians, vet behaviorists, Ph.D.s and other experts in dog behavior!
Merck's Principles of Pharmacologic and Natural Treatment for Behavioral Problems
Video: The 6 M's of Treating any Behavior Problem by vet behaviorist Dr. Amy Pike
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