Dodman's "The Well Adjusted Pet" seminars are now available on
"The Well Adjusted
Cat" seminar consists of 5 separate DVDs: $99 + $6 shipping ($105) for the complete
set of 5 or $25 for individual lectures plus shipping/packaging.
of Cats and Aggression:
this talk, current concepts about the social behavior of cats will be
addressed including how they act and inter-act with each other. The
feline agenda is a subtle one but nevertheless sometimes, unbeknownst
to owners, sometimes directs into some kind of ranking system with a
fluid social order determined by temperament and group dynamics.
Once this groundwork has been laid the presenter will explain
disturbances in normal orderliness in: fearful situations, cases of
mistaken identity, and sudden environmental perturbations. Specific
topics that will be addressed include: territorial aggression leading
to feuding between household cats, owner-directed aggression,
redirected aggression, non-recognition aggression, and sexual
aggression. In each case how to recognize the problem and address it
will be detailed.
#2-Feline Fears and
Anxiety: Causes, Treatment, and Expression:
this talk, the reasons why cats become fearful and how these fears
are expressed will be dealt with. The fearfulness of strangers,
thunderstorm phobia, and separation anxiety are some of the specific
fears that will be covered as well anxiety-related urine marking, a
formerly refractory condition that in the past, all too commonly led
to the surrender of cats and their untimely demise. Fortunately,
modern treatments mean that all of these anxious or fearful
behaviors, once recognized, can reasonably easily be addressed so
that surrender of cats exhibiting these problems is no longer
Strategies and Furniture Scratching:
from urine-marking, house soiling in cats resulting from some kind of
failure of litter box arrangements within the home is a common misbehavior of cats. Many owners, even ones who are really
attached to their cat, too often lose patience with it and, in
desperation, surrender it to a shelter. House soiling due to
inappropriate litter box management is one of the easiest feline
behavior problems to address. Understanding the problems and
addressing them can lead to virtually 100% resolution of this
problem. What can go wrong and frequently does go wrong will be
addressed during this talk so that owners never again need to be in
the difficult situation of having to survive the consequence of this
misbehavior or surrender their cat. In the second part of this talk,
furniture scratching will be discussed, including why cats do it and
what can and should be done to address it. Most cat owners have no
idea what constitutes an appropriate scratching post, where to put
it, and how many should be positioned around the home. This failure
to comprehend cats' needs can have dire consequences for the cat,including declawing or
relinquishment, neither of which is necessary nor acceptable.
cats, notably but not exclusively of Oriental breeds, engage in
bizarre repetitive behaviors now known as compulsive behaviors. Some
of these behaviors, like compulsive nail biting, may go almost
unnoticed by owners whereas others, like wool sucking or the
compulsive eating of inedible objects, are hard to miss. An
additional compulsive behavior that will be dealt with in this talk
is psychogenic alopecia in which cats over groom as a result of
anxiety and render themselves bald usually on the underside and
inside of their legs. What causes cats to engage in these strange
behaviors will be discussed in this talk, including measures that can
be enacted to alleviate or, in some cases, cure the behavior.
Videotape of the various feline compulsions will be shown so that
attendees will have a really clear idea of how to recognize them.
Problems that Present as Behavior Problems:
altered behavior in cats is due to underlying medical problems. In
this talk, the presenter will deal with pathological aggression,
which may be a result of a partial seizure, perhaps hyperthyroidism,
or parasitic migration in the cat's brain. How to recognize these
bizarre forms of aggression will be discussed, as will treatment
options. Other conditions that will be discussed from a medical
point of view are: feline hyperesthesia, seizure-related tail
chasing, nutritional deficiency, skin conditions and also, the flip
side, behavior conditions that masquerade as medical conditions.
Finally, feline Alzheimer's disease and medical causes of
house-soiling will be addressed including ways in which these
conditions can be diagnosed and treated. It behooves all cat owners,
as well as feline behavioral or veterinary professionals, to be aware
of these "curve ball" causes of altered behavior which, as the
talk will demonstrate, can often be addressed.
See a clip from Dr. Dodman's talk below!
"The Well Adjusted
Dog" seminar consists of 10 separate DVDs: $199 + $12 shipping ($211) for the complete
set of 10 or $25 for the individual lectures plus
versus Conflict Aggression:
this talk, Dr. Dodman will address the current controversy regarding
the terms dominance
to describe owner-directed aggression. Clinical signs of both types
of aggression will be described and differences between the two will
be highlighted. Treatment of owner-directed aggression and the
likely outcome of treatment measures will be addressed. Dominance
struggles occurring between dogs in the same household, a condition
known as sibling
will also be discussed, including itemization of a treatment regimen
that has proven most successful.
Territorial, and Predatory Aggression:
Dodman will address the role of fearfulness and territoriality in
generating aggression to strangers both on and off the owners
property will be described with emphasis on the critical importance
of early socialization even before vaccination is complete.
Territorial aggression will be discussed as that arriving from fear
or dominance or a combination of these two factors and different
treatment approaches for both will be outlined. The natural behavior
of predatory aggression will be featured toward the end of this talk
and its unnatural expression when directed toward people and moving
objects. Proper control and treatment of predatory aggression will
Fear-Based Behaviors featuring Diagnosis and Treatment of Separation
centerpiece of this presentation will involve a thorough discussion
of separation anxiety in dogs, how it arises, when it arises, and
what can be done about it. Other situational fears will also be
addressed in this talk including fear of car travel and veterinary
visits including treatment options for both of these latter
phobia, in particular, storm phobia, will be the main subject of this
presentation. The enigma of how storm phobia arises and what factors
are involved will be covered, as will effective treatment options
ranging from the use of various types of storm capes and wraps to
environmental provisions including that of companionship.
Case Presentations and Discussions on topics 1-4
Compulsive Disorder: Spinning, Sucking, and Snapping
leader in canine compulsive disorder research, Dr. Dodman will
discuss the cause of these sometimes confusing and difficult to treat
conditions. The latest findings regarding the genetic underpinning
of compulsive disorders as well as environmental input and the
expression of well-known canine compulsive disorders such as acral
lick dermatitis and tail-chasing will be detailed. Treatment of the
various compulsive disorders will also be described, including what
can reasonably be expected in terms of results.
Causes of Behavior Problems: Things You've Got to Know"
Dodman firmly believes that trainers and veterinarians, alike, need
to be aware of the possible role of medical conditions in generating
what appear to be purely behavioral problems. In particular, he will
discuss what is and is not known about the all-to-common state of
borderline hypothyroidism and its role in generating aggression,
anxiety, and possibly even compulsive disorders. Various types of
partial seizure disorder will be described also including how these
problems can contribute to a rage-like state of aggression,
fly-snapping, indiscriminate eating of inedible objects and even
extreme and irrational fear. Canine cognitive dysfunction (canine
Alzheimer's will also be discussed, including how the diagnosis is
made, what other diagnoses can be confused with it and how to manage
it. Nocturnal separation anxiety occurring in older dogs will also
be described as an entity and one in which must be recognized by all.
Other known conditions, including attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder, narcolepsy, liver problems, and kidney/bladder problems
will also be mentioned.
of Behavior Problems: What works and why
Dodman will discuss how and why behavior modifying drugs work and
will run through an assortment of them in terms of when they can be
applied, how they can be applied, and what are reasonable
expectations of their use. Specifically in this talk,
pharmacological treatments to modify aggression, separation anxiety,
and compulsive disorders, will be detailed, including specifics of
titration of these medications and possible side effects.
Dogs: Seven Steps to Producing a Happy, Healthy, Well-Adjusted
this presentation, Dr. Dodman will go through the seven steps that he
has enumerated as being something that all dog owners should know and
apply in order to maximize the physical and psychological well-being
of their dog. The steps include exercise and diet, clear
communication, proper leadership, proper control, assuagement of
fears, and provision of a suitable indoor and outdoor environment and
activities. Each one of these subjects will be gone through in
detail explaining why the various interventions work and the
resulting improvement that can be achieved.
Presentations on 6-9
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**Previous attendees of Dr.
Dodman's "Well Adjusted Pet" seminars may purchase one copy of
the DVDs for the seminar(s) that they attended for 50% off!
$2 for each individual DVD, $6 for the Cat Set, $12 for the Dog Set
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