CRANBURY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Veterinarian™, the premier multimedia provider of cutting-edge news, research and conference coverage in veterinary medicine, recently conducted an interview with Sara L. Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVB, owner of Veterinary Behavior Consultations in Fort Branch, Indiana, to discuss noise aversion in pets. In the interview she discusses methods that can be employed to calm and comfort distraught pets.
Dr. Bennett began the interview by debunking a common belief about calming pets when they are scared. “Traditionally, we used to say that it was inappropriate for owners to comfort their pet when they are frightened, as we thought it would reinforce the fear response that the dog was showing,” she said. “If you take a step back and look at it from a physiological standpoint, when they are frightened, their sympathetic nervous system is charging ahead. So, it’s really difficult to reinforce an emotional response such as [fear] with something like comforting.”
Most pet owners misinterpret fear, anxiety and noise phobias for clinginess and pass it off as a “normal behavior.” Also, signs of stress sometimes go unnoticed by the pet owners, and other times owners don’t know how to manage their pets’ stress.
To address this issue, Dr. Bennett advised, “What we are trying to do is add something to this situation that is inherently pleasant like petting or food, so that we can change the way they feel about the situation from one that is frightening to them to one that maybe pleasant. So, it is OK to pet your dog or comfort your dog during this [frightening] event.”
To view the interview featuring Dr. Bennett, please visit www.americanveterinarian.com/videos/noise-aversion-comforting-your-pet
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