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Practical Canine Behaviour: For Veterinary Nurses and Technicians

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Practical Canine Behaviour: For Veterinary Nurses and Technicians

S Hedges

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In this book Stephanie Hedges draws on more than 20 years as a practicing veterinary nurse and her specialist knowledge as a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) to provide a quick reference and practically relevant canine behaviour resource to meet the specific needs of the general practice nurse or technician.

There have been ground-breaking advances in our understanding of canine behaviour in recent years. Traditional theories, based on the premise that a desire to be ‘pack leader’ drives all dog behaviour, have made way for a new and fascinating insight into the subtleties and complexities of canine communication, social behaviour and emotional drives. 

Keeping abreast of such developments is becoming increasingly essential for veterinary nurses and technicians, both to fulfil client expectations and to protect canine welfare. Yet current training worldwide typically offers little teaching in this area.

Contents include: 

  • An introduction to the drives for, management and modification of canine behaviour
  • New approaches to handling and interaction to improve safety, efficiency and patient welfare
  • Essential advice for puppy owners and key aspects of running safe in house puppy socialisation classes
  • Guidance on how to manage the behavioural impact of illness and life changes, and address fear of fireworks and visiting the practice
  • Client factsheets and behaviour assessment questionnaire
  • Flow charts for when and where to refer dogs showing problem behaviour 


For universities and colleges of further and higher education

Additional Information

Author S Hedges
Availability In Print
Dimensions No
Extent 216 Pages
ISBN 9781780644301
Publication date August 2014
Book Type Softcover



Part 1: principles of behaviour
Chapter 1: The human-animal bond
Chapter 2: What influences behaviour
Chapter 3: Domestication of the dog
Chapter 4: Social, feeding, territorial and reproductive behaviour of the dog
hapter 5: Canine senses and communication
Chapter 6: Problem behaviour
Chapter 7: Methods for changing behaviour

Part 2: Handling in practice
Chapter 8: Managing the environment
Chapter 9: Approach and handling of the patient

Part 3: Behavioural prophylaxis
Chapter 10: Guidance for puppy owners
Chapter 11: Running puppy socialisation classes
Chapter 12: Managing behaviour in ill health
Chapter 13: Managing behaviour during life changes

Part 4: Addressing problem behaviour
Chapter 14: Advising on problem behaviour
Chapter 15: Making a referral

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