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An introduction to developmental problems in puppy hood

By C. Hargrave

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Many veterinary staff wondered why the Companion Animal Welfare Council, that conducted independent studies into the welfare, care and treatment of companion animals, concluded that the minimum standard of accredited qualification for professionals instructing a puppy class should be at level 4 to 5, i.e. equivalent to a foundation degree or early years of undergraduate level study. It is intended that this article will go some way towards explaining the complexity and variety of problems that can be faced by the young puppy and why it is essential for veterinary staff in charge of this part of a dog's emotional and behavioural development to be able to recognise problems and give appropriate advice to owners. To fail to intervene appropriately in this essential aspect of preventative behavioural medicine can lead to permanent and irreversible behavioural problems. In turn such problems may lead to abuse, relinquishment or euthanasia of the dog and to potential injury to owners. Put simply, there is more to preparing puppies for life than opportunities to play together and it is particularly inappropriate to encourage a party atmosphere of excessive emotional arousal.

Publication Title Veterinary Nurse
Volume 4
Issue 6
Pages 334-345
ISBN/ISSN 2044-0065
Language English
Author Address Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, Erw Wastad, Llwynteg, Llannon, Llanelli Carms, UK.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animals
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Behavioral psychology
  5. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  6. Canidae
  7. Canine
  8. Carnivores
  9. Diseases and injuries of animals
  10. Dogs
  11. Employees
  12. Mammals
  13. peer-reviewed
  14. pet care
  15. Pets and companion animals
  16. problems
  17. standards
  18. therapy
  19. vertebrates
  20. Veterinarians
  21. veterinary practices
  22. Veterinary profession
  23. Veterinary services
  24. young animals
  1. peer-reviewed