4 life-threatening behavior myths

4 life-threatening behavior myths

Have some of your clients—or even you—voiced any of these misconceptions? Now you'll know how to respond in order to protect pets and bond clients to your practice.
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May 01, 2010


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Behavior problems continue to be the leading cause of pet relinquishment and euthanasia in the United States.1-3 Yet many veterinary professionals have little training regarding the behavior of domesticated animals.4

And clients aren't much more knowledgeable. A recent study shows that 31.8 percent of pet owners think rubbing a dog's nose in its feces is an appropriate training technique.5 It's not. What's more, behavior problems in pets can severely damage the owner-pet bond. Evidence suggests that when this bond is weak, people are less likely to give their pets the best veterinary care.6

To combat these misunderstandings and help preserve pets' well-being, this article dispels four common myths about animal—particularly canine—behavior.

Click the "Next" button to unveil the truth.

For an additional myth, see Debunking a dangerous behavior myth: Not all fearful pets have been abused.