Behavior modification techniques pertinent to canine rehab medicine - 2004

Canine Rehabilitation Wet Lab 

Presented in Philadelphia, PA, on July 25, 2004

by

Caroline B. Schaffer, DVM
College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health
Tuskegee University

Presentation Overview: Participants were shown behavior modification principles that help make fearful or uncooperative animals more willing recipients of rehabilitation therapy and enhance client compliance. In order to provide effective and optimal rehabilitation, the therapist must be able to safely and humanely handle the patients. Companion animal patients are often in pain and being asked to undergo procedures such as hydrotherapy that may initially cause apprehension or procedures such as manual therapy for joint contracture that may cause discomfort.