P14/46b The Behaviour of your Pet is up to You

Aired from November 18th on Positive Living Vibrations with Sara Troy and her guest Professor Nicholas Dodman

BEFORE YOU GET THAT DOG, there are things you need to know from our animal behaviourist.


Nicholas Dodman, Professor, Section Head and Program Director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, Massachusetts, is one of the world’s most noted and celebrated veterinary behaviourists  He grew up in England and trained to be a vet in Scotland.  He attended Glasgow University Veterinary School in Scotland where he received a BVMS (DVM equivalent).  He was a surgical intern at the Glasgow Veterinary School before joining the faculty. It was at this time that Dr. Dodman began specializing in surgery and anaesthesia  He received a speciality qualification, the Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia, from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1975.

In 1981, Doctor Dodman immigrated to the United States where he became a faculty member of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.  He became board certified in anesthesiology by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists in 1982. Shortly after his arrival in the US, Dodman became interested in the field of animal behaviour. After spending several years in this area of research, most importantly pioneering equine research, he founded the Animal Behavior Clinic – one of the first of its kind – at Tufts in 1986. Dodman began to see clinical cases in 1987 and since 1990 has devoted all of his time to his speciality practice of animal behaviour. In 1995, he received an additional board certification in animal behaviour from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.


20101118 – North Grafton, Mass. – Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Professor and Section Head and Program Director for Animal Behaviour at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, photographed at the behavioural studies clinic in North Grafton, Mass. on Nov. 18, 2010….(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

Dr. Dodman (BVMS, DVA, DACVA, DACVB ) is internationally recognized and sought after as a leader in his field.  He has had published five trade books, two textbooks and more than 100 scientific articles and contributions to scientific books and journals. He also holds 10 US Patents for various inventions related to the control of animal behaviour.  Dr. Dodman appears regularly on radio and television, including 20/20, Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Dateline, World News with Peter Jennings, Discovery Channel, NOVA, Animal Planet, Fox TV, the BBC, and CBS, CNN’s Headline News, Inside Edition, MSNBC, , NPR’s “Fresh Air,” and A&E.  He is an ad hoc guest on WBUR’s “Here & Now.” Good Morning America’s senior producer, Patty Nager, has dubbed Dr. Dodman GMA’s ad hoc pet behavioural expert.

Nicholas Dodman is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American College of Veterinary Behaviourist. He is also a member of the Leadership Council of the newly formed Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. He lives near Tufts University with his wife, Dr. Linda Breitman, a veterinarian who specializes in small animals, and their children.

Since the mid-1990s, Dr. Dodman has written four acclaimed best-selling books that have received a tremendous amount of national press and co-authored another.

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Puppies First Steps  puppy (1)

The book for the enlightened dog owner: a groundbreaking, whole-dog approach for raising a puppy from the halls of one of the most prestigious and pioneering veterinary schools in the world Puppy’s First Steps is a comprehensive, accessible, and humane guide to puppies from one of the world’s premier veterinary schools.

For The Dog Who Loved Too Much

s_lovedtomuch“This is one of the best books for dog trainers and pet owners to come along in years.  This one deserves a place on every dog trainer’s shelf and in every pet owner’s home.”

Library Journal

“Thank God this book has been written!  The Dog Who Loved Too Much is splendid—as accessible as it is profound.  Doctor Dodman writes with sensitivity, a sense of fun, and an extraordinary depth of understanding as he explores the psychology of dogs.  This should be compulsory reading for anyone who would own a dog.”

s_dogsbbDogs Behaving Badly

“A Dr. Spock-like owner’s guide to rearing and training the family dog.”

The Washington Post

Dogs Behaving Badly, Dodman addresses 26 of the most common canine behaviour problems and offers practical treatment plans that focus on understanding what your dog is trying to communicate through his behaviour–which, according to Dodman, is the key to effectively treating our pets

For The Cat Who Cried for Help

crycat“Dr. Dodman has a deep understanding of the feline mystique, which makes for fascinating reading as well as an invaluable information source.”

Betty White – actress in “Golden Girls” and President of the Morris Animal Foundation

Every year millions of cats are euthanized because their owners are no longer able to cope with their behaviours

For The Well-Adjusted Dog

welldog His book shows you how, offering what he calls continuing education for dogs and their owners. A comprehensive, seven-step approach takes on the whole dog his health, behaviour, and environment and lays the groundwork for the proper care and training of our best friends, for life. You will discover how much exercise your dog really needs (and why) how diet can affect behaviour, how to communicate clearly with your dog how to lead your dog, not dominate him how to prevent or deal with your dog’s fears.


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