The Animal Behavior Clinic will be closed between July 18th and July 27th. During this time, we will not be seeing appointments or responding to regular messages. We will return all email and phone calls upon our return to office the week of July 28th, Monday morning at 9:00am.
If you have an urgent or emergency concern with your pet, please contact your primary veterinarian or an emergency clinic during this time. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at the main clinic address or call the main office line (P: 503-236-7833). Dr. Pachel will do his best to take care of any emergency related requests, but he will be lecturing and attending continuing education events throughout the entire period and will have limited availability. If you are a current client and are experiencing an emergency related to your pet’s behavior care, you may contact Dr. Pachel directly by email or cellphone P: 971-645-7525.
Thank you for allowing the Animal Behavior Clinic to assist you and your pet. We look forward to serving you upon our return.
Dog training and behavioral science have made significant progress and discoveries within the past fifty years, but misunderstandings and dog training myths have also done much to set that progression back. Often, the wrong information can get into enough hands that it fails to be questioned as incorrect. Through the teachings of some television personalities, many dog owners have come to adopt the belief in dominance-based pack hierarchies within dogs, and the need for applied punishment to correct behavior issues within dogs. In the following article by Rachel Garner, popular theories of false science are exposed as outdated and inaccurate, and the lasting damage these methods can have on both the dogs who receive this style of training as well as the culture of dog training as a whole are explored.
Full URL: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bym8guodEBMpNzhROEwwaGRqYUk/edit?pli=1
The Animal Behavior Clinic advocates for the use of positive reinforcement and the guidance of current behavioral psychology to understand, treat, and address behavior concerns in domestic dogs. For more information on how our methods could apply to your pet’s behavior or training needs, please contact our office directly. ~ Maren
When something is “off” with our pets, we always hope for a rapid solution that is as easy as giving a magic pill to make them better. The truth is, veterinary medicine has proven that there are situations where medication can provide a noticeable benefit to treat our pets’ ailments – including their behavior problems. Even so, it can sometimes be difficult to balance the advantages of medications with their side-effects, long term impact on the body, or even the challenge of getting our pets to take their medications daily.
That is why we were so excited to try the new supplement, Zylkene. This supplement can be used in an incredibly diverse population of our patients, and contains a natural product, derived from casein, a protein in milk. This protein has been known to cause relaxation, and in our canine and feline patients has provided a noticeable benefit for treatment in a wide variety of conditions.
Patients on Zylkene are reported overall by their pet parents as just being “happier.” Dr. Pachel has prescribed it to patients whose conditions run the gamut between anxiety, fear, distress, noise phobias, and aggression. It has been helpful in both dogs and cats, and is incredibly safe for most patients to try. (Patients with dairy allergies may react negatively to this product, but it is lactose free so lactose intolerance is not an issue). It is also incredibly easy to give – the pull-apart capsules contain a flavorless powder easily mixed into a pet’s food and tolerated well.
As it turns out, there may actually be a magic “happy pill” for pets. If you are interested in trying Zylkene for your pet, it is currently only available through your veterinarian – Dr. Pachel included. Please let us know if your dog or cat is a patient with us and you are interested in seeing what benefits it could provide for your pet. You can also learn more about the product by visiting its manufacturer, Vétoquinol’s, website.