Title: What Dogs and Cats Really Want: Decreasing Stress and Meeting Behavioral Needs
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Stress is a word that is used in all kinds of contexts from dogs that are ‘stressed’ when they can’t get a cookie they want, to dogs that are ‘stressed’ from being in a new training class, to cats that are ‘stressed’ from fighting with other cats in the household. But what is stress, and can we reduce the stress in our pets’ lives? Is a certain amount of stress good for our animals? The first step in helping stressed animals is recognizing differences in both the stressors and manifestations of stress for different species, breeds and individuals. Defining stressors, stress behavior, examples of how to reduce the stress in the lives of animals, prioritizing and meeting behavioral needs, and recent research regarding owners’ recognition of stress in their animals are just some of the topics we’ll cover in this webinar. General information about stress and the specifics of stress in dogs will be our focus in the first session, followed by stress in cats and your questions and answers in the second. Don’t miss this webinar. You’ll come away with a new appreciation of stress and some new ways of addressing it.
Sponsor: Animal Behavior Associates, Inc.
Speaker(s): Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB, CVJ, Daniel Q. Estep, Ph.D., CAAB