Animal Behaviour

DOG BEHAVIOUR

Taken from an updated version of Associate Professor Judith Blackshaw’s ‘Notes on Some Topics in Applied Animal Behaviour‘, this section provides a summary of key features of the behaviour of domestic dogs and cats.

It includes an overview of behaviour under the following headings: vision and special senses, social organisation and dominance hierarchies, scent marking, grooming behaviour. communication, sexual behaviours, maternal-offspring behaviour, abnormal behaviour and problem behaviours.

We strongly recommend that, before attempting modification of unwelcome behaviours, you consult with your veterinarian who may in turn refer you to a qualified behaviour counsellor.