Articles by Petra A. Mertens, DVM, MSW, DECVBM, CAAB, DACVB, LGSW - Veterinary Medicine
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Articles by Petra A. Mertens, DVM, MSW, DECVBM, CAAB, DACVB, LGSW

How to achieve client compliance (Proceedings)

Apr 1, 2010

In many cases, we ask our clients to change their ways, adapt new strategies, and adjust their interactions with their pet. Clients are at different stages of readiness to make changes.

Owner-directed dog aggression (Proceedings)

Apr 1, 2010

For many years, we taught clients who live with dogs who bite that the problem is likely 'dominance' – the dog is possessing over space, food or other resources to establish a hierarchical position. While some aggressive reactions may be due to the dog's perceived need to guard a resource, there is no evidence that interactions with humans aim at establishing rank.

Canine fear and anxiety (Proceedings)

Apr 1, 2010

In conversation, the terms 'anxiety,' 'fear,' and 'phobia' are commonly used synonymously. In the context of behavior medicine it is important to be mindful of their respective definition and differences between the conditions since they vary not only in presentation, but also in treatment and prognosis.

Handling high-maintenance pets (Proceedings)

Apr 1, 2010

We will review the meaning and principles or reinforcement and punishment, using the 'Law of Effect".

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