Canine Body Language in the Shelter

September 2012 by Dr. Sara Bennett, DVM, DACVB

Audience: Executive Leadership, Foster Caregivers, Public, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team

Video Length: 46 minutes

Have you ever wondered how dogs communicate? Are we even close to understanding them? Listen to Dr. Sara Bennett, graduate of the Purdue Shelter Veterinary Behavior Residency Program, as she goes through an overview of canine body language and interpretation. In this video from the 2012 Purdue University Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Conference, she also discusses welfare implications of different behavior states, as well as how this can affect and be affected by length of stay in a shelter and the animal shelter environment.

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About Dr. Sara Bennett, DVM, DACVB

Dr. Bennett received her DVM degree from Purdue University in 2006. She then spent 3 years in as an associate veterinarian in small animal general practice in Evansville, Indiana. She was accepted to the animal behavior residency program sponsored by the Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Purdue University in July 2009, and completed the program in 2012, with a Master's of Science. She obtained certification as a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2012.

Dr. Bennett addresses a variety of behavior problems and behavioral disorders including aggression, inappropriate elimination, compulsive disorder, fears and phobias and behavior problems associated with aging across a wide range of species. She particularly enjoys addressing problem behavior in shelter animals, helping to make these pets more adoptable, strengthen the budding human-animal bond and to keep these animals in their new homes.

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