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Behaviour

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Abstract

One of the most common reasons for relinquishment and euthanasia for otherwise healthy pets is behaviour which owners, or society, regard as problematic. Veterinary nurses are uniquely placed to make an impact on these distressing statistics as clients frequently feel more at ease with nursing staff, who they often perceive as being less intimidating than veterinary surgeons, and as being particulary interested in the general management of their animals. In addition, veterinary nurse-led clinics provide an ideal scenario in which to discuss the way a dog or cat actually copes with its environment, interacts with its owner or family group, and behaves towards unfamiliar individuals, human or animal, both inside and outside the home. This chapter advises on Common behavioural problems; Preventive measures; and Approach to behavioural problems.

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15.1 Timid kittens are more likely to have been sired by a timid tomcat, whereas, confident kittens are more likely to have been sired by a bold individual.
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15.2 New owners may believe that they will conscientiously exercise their dog twice daily, but might not maintain such a commitment long term.
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15.4 It is important to provide pets with facilities for both mental and physical stimulation.
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15.5 Visiting an animal’s home environment can be highly beneficial for identifying and understanding the cause(s) of a behavioural problem.
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Dogs should never be left tied up in public places. Dogs should never be left tied up in public places.
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Introducing a muzzle using food treats. Introducing a muzzle using food treats.

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