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BHVR101-0207: When the Bite is Worse than the Bark - Canine Aggression Directed Toward Humans

Debbie J. Calnon, BSc, BVMS, MACVSc (Behavior)
Kersti Seksel, BVSc(Hons), MRCVS, MA (Hons), FACVSc. (Animal Behaviour), Dipl. ACVB, CMAVA

February 5 - March 5, 2007
Interactive Sessions: Tuesdays: Real-time sessions: Monday evenings, February 5, 12, 19, and 26; 9:30 - 11:00 pm ET (USA)

This course will provide an overview of canine aggression that is directed toward people. A good understanding of learning theory and neurophysiology helps in the understanding and treatment of Canine Aggression. This foundation allows a relevant history to be taken. After taking this course, you should be more confident in your ability to assess the prognosis of each case presented to you and to formulate an appropriate treatment strategy.


Week 1 (2/5):
Learning Theory Classical and Operant Conditioning; The Language of Behaviour Theory; Neurophysiology of Aggression

Week 2 (2/12):
Aggression directed toward People - Categories, Aetiology, History Taking; Client Communication; Euthanasia - When Is It Appropriate?; Prognostic Indicators

Week 3 (2/19) and Week 4 (2/26):
Overview of Treatment Strategies - Behaviour Modification; Equipment; Medication

Discussions will begin on the start date of the course and will continue for 7 days following the last real time session.


$111 ($100 early bird special if registered by January 22, 2007).
Course open to VIN and VSPN members.

Required Textbook: None

Recommended Textbook:

Behavior Problems in Small Animals. John Bowen and Sarah Heath; Elsevier Health, 2005
Available in the VIN bookstore:
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Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Small Animals. Karen L. Overall; Mosby, 1997
Available in the VIN bookstore:
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Don't Shoot the Dog! The New Art of Teaching and Training, 3rd edition. Karen Pryor; Ringpress Books Ltd, 2002

Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training. Vols 1,2,3. Steven R. Lindsay; Blackwell Publishing, 2000, 2001 and 2005
All volumes available in the VIN bookstore:
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Handbook of Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat, 2nd ed. G Landsberg and W Hunthausen; Elsevier 2003
Available in the VIN bookstore:
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The Culture Clash, 2nd edition. Jean Donaldson; James and Kenneth, 1997

Veterinary Psychopharmacology. Sharon Crowell Davis and Thomas Murray; Blackwell Publishing, 2006
Available in the VIN bookstore:
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COURSE WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (Does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdraw retroactively. Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 1-800-700-INFO.

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CE Coordinator
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