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Canine aggression: Getting to a good walk
When the nightly walk becomes a nightmare for pet owners and their dogs, it's time for veterinary technicians to intervene.



Pet owners are more likely to succeed with the support of the veterinary team. Setbacks happen and that is when the most encouragement is needed. Technicians can be an invaluable resource for client follow-up, feedback, guidance, and support. In addition, with training, technicians can work directly with clients in reward-based training, product use, and exposure exercise to help owners achieve the best possible results.

As a technician, if you're interested in doing more behavioral work, start by joining the Society of Veterinary Behavioral Technicians. You don't have to pursue certification to receive guidance and learn about what makes good training as well as the products that support your pet-training efforts.

Gary Landsberg, BSc, DVM, Dipl. ACVB, Dipl. ECVBM-CA, practices at North Toronto Animal Clinic, Thornhill, Ont., Canada.


1. Sherman CK, Reisner IR, Taliaferro L, et al. Characteristics, treatment, and outcome of 99 cases of aggression between dogs. Appl Anim Behav Sci 1996;47:91-108.

Additional reading

1. Pryor K. Don't shoot the dog! The new art of teaching and training. Gloucestershire: Ringpress Books Ltd., 2002.

2. Rogerson J. Canine fears and phobias; a regime for treatment without recourse to drugs. Appl Anim Behav Sci 1997;52:291-297.

3. Horwitz D. Classical counterconditioning as a treatment modality for dogs (Canis familiaris) showing aggression toward other dogs on walks. In: Mills D, Levine E, Landsberg G, et al., eds. Current issues and research in veterinary behavioral medicine. West Lafayette, Ind: Purdue University Press, 2005;207-210.



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