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Dangerous Dog Symposium

The Clinical Animal Behavior Service, the Behavior Medicine Club, and Veterinary Medical Continuing Education of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine are proud to put on a symposium addressing the issues surrounding dangerous dogs in our communities. Registration will be available at www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/ce/ in early November

Schedule 8:00 am– 8:45am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45am – 9:00 am Welcome and Introductions – Melissa Bain, DVM, MAS
9:00 am - 11:00 Myths & Fallacies of Dog Bites —Bonnie Beaver, DVM
11:00 am Evaluation of Behaviors in Shelter Dogs- the Challenge of Aggression —Pam Reid, PhD
11:50 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch

Track One: Community Issues with Aggressive and Fighting Dogs
1:00 pm The Community Response to Dangerous Dogs —Officer John Denny
2:00 pm Evaluating and Rehoming Fighting Dogs – Pam Reid, PhD
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Combat Animal Fighting in Your Community—Terry Mills

Track Two: Aggression in Owned Dogs
1:00 pm Treatment of Dogs with Stranger-directed Aggression—Bonnie Beaver, DVM
2:00 pm Genetics of Aggression and Behavior in Dogs—Ben Hart, DVM. PhD
3:00 Recent Research: Risk Factors for Dog Bites—Locksley Messam, DVM, PhD
4:00 pm Aggression & the Human-Animal Bond—Lynette Hart, PhD

UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Offers Puppy Socialization Program

Behavior Service and the Small Animal Community Practice at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have introduced puppy socialization classes for new puppy owners and their dogs. Dubbed “Yappy Hour,” the hour-long classes take place on Tuesday nights at 6:30 at the UC Davis Center for Companion Animal Health.  
Classes are designed to provide a safe environment for exposing puppies to a variety of experiences, and help educate pet owners on managing puppy behavior. Led by UC Davis faculty, the classes also provide an opportunity for veterinary students to gain experience that will benefit them in future client interactions.

“Socialization is the process during which pets develop relationships with other animals and people,” states Dr. Melissa Bain, a board-certified behavior specialist at UC Davis. “The most critical period for puppies to be socialized is between 3 and 14 weeks of age. During this time, puppies should be exposed to as many new people and animals as can be achieved safely and without causing fear or withdrawal.”

Interested participants can get more information at http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/whatsnew/pubs/yappy_hour/Yappy_Hour.pdf or by calling (530) 752-9811.