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18 June 2019 14:00 - 18 June 2019 17:00

First steps in the clinic: Behaviour: Dogs don't bite because they're bad - Understanding aggression in dogs

Woodrow House, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park Quedgeley Gloucestershire, GL2 2AB

Date: Tuesday 18th June 2019 - 2pm - 5pm
Speaker: Helen Zulch
Venue: Woodrow House, Gloucester

Fees: BSAVA Member £100
Non Member £150

The aim of the course is to help vets to understand the reasons for aggressive behaviour, including the relationship between physical health and aggression. Behaviours which typically precede an aggressive response will be examined with the aim that that bites can be more easily predicted and avoided. Advice on helping clients to manage an aggressive dog (behavioural first aid), prior to referral for a behaviour consultation will be given and finally, the session will discuss approaches that the practice can take to minimise the risk of aggression in patients as well as appropriately handle dogs where aggression is shown within the practice.

Aggressive behaviour is an extremely complex topic which can only be superficially addressed in the time available. However, with the use of case examples and practical tips the material covered should enable vets to feel more confident in dealing with the question of the aggressive dog within the General Practice environment.

Learning Objectives

Understand the key emotions and motivations underlying aggressive behaviour in dogs
- Understand the interrelationship between physical health and aggressive behavious
- Be able to recognise the distance increasing behaviours dogs usually show before they bite
- Be able to give first aid advice to a client who mentions in a consultation that their dog is showing aggressive behaviour
- Be able to apply the knowledge from objectives 1 and 2 to develop a practice approach that minimises the risk of aggressive behaviour in dogs as well as appropriately manages dogs showing aggressive behaviour in the practice


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