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Polite Pets Month has been running each March for the last three years as a campaign to raise awareness of animal behaviour topics and the critical role of the vet in managing behaviour problems.
A review of the program was undertaken in late 2014 and as a result it was decided to promote themes attached to Polite Pets throughout the year rather than running a month-long dedicated campaign.
In 2015, AVA's behaviour group will be running a series of workshops and webinars on a variety of behavioural issues in pets, which will be supported by media activity.
We encourage you to use the resources and fact sheets from previous years to continue to promote Polite Pets in your practice.
To support the 2014 Polite Pet Month theme we developed fact sheets for veterinarians on noise phobias and separation anxiety in dogs. Fact sheets are also available for your clients on fear and anxiety in dogs, cats and pet birds.
For your clients:
- Anxiety, fear and phobias in cats
- Anxiety, fear and phobias in dogs
- Anxiety, fear and phobias in birds
There are also a range of resources available from the 2013 Polite Pets Month theme: barking dogs and cats that won't use the litter tray.
For cat consults
- Questionnaire - Why won't my cat use the litter tray? Designed for cat-owning clients to complete prior to the veterinary consult.
- Diagnosis for litter tray problems in cats
- Treatment for litter tray problems in cats
For canine consults
- Barking questionnaire - designed for dog-owning clients to complete during the veterinary consult.
- Treating and managing barking dogs
Talk to an accredited trainer
For vets who want to participate in Polite Pets Month, it's also a good idea to get in touch with an accredited trainer that uses reward-based training techniques. The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) was established to enhance the human-dog relationship by educating trainers, other animal professionals and the public, and advocating dog-friendly training.
To find an accredited trainer in your area visit the APDT website.
Our veterinary behaviour experts have also created an in-depth resource for dog trainers about reward-based training and how to ensure to get the best results from training efforts.