ANSC 311 Potential Client Information

The student teams in ANSC 311 (Companion Animal Behavior and Training) want to help you have the best relationship possible with your dog or cat. Towards this end, students in this class are instructed to use scientifically proven, welfare-friendly training methods that are aimed at improving the owner/companion animal bond. Students are taught to use methods that positively reward good behaviors and gently correct or ignore behaviors we do not want the animal to do. Harsh training methods such as the "Dominance Theory" of training are outdated and are not used in anyway in this class. It will be very important for clients to follow only the training methods used in this class when working with their animals. For example, clients must commit to not using prong, shock (e-collars), or choke collars. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviorists has a position statement that describes why harsh training does not promote a positive, long lasting bond between you and your companion animal.

http://aces.nmsu.edu/academics/anrs/companionanimal/documents/2016-information-sheet-for-potential-clients.pdf

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  • Client Information Sheet
    Click here to download the client information sheet. Please read and fill out. Submit the last page (Client/Companion Animal Information Sheet-Fall 2016 ANSC 311 Class) by Friday, September 2nd to Dr. Gaylene Fasenko (gfasenko@nmsu.edu)

If you have any questions, please contact the Teaching Assistant (TA), Claren Wilson (rcknroll@nmsu.edu)

Time Commitment

The deadline to submit a client/companion animal information sheet is Friday, September 2

If you and your companion animal are selected to participate in the class, based on the information you provide in the Animal information Sheet, the following additional time commitments would be required;

  • Client will receive a behavior profile on, Tuesday, September 6th and will need to have it filled out and returned by 5pm on Monday, September 12th

  • Client will meet with assigned student team to discuss their animal's behavior case during class time on Tuesday, September 20th from 9am-10am

  • There will be an evening poster symposium on Thursday, December 1st from 6:30pm-8pm

  • Client will need to fill out a "client evaluation sheet" to evaluate the student team assigned to your case. This will be due Monday, December 5th

Examples of Behaviors

Below is a list of example behaviors that students could help clients modify in dogs and cats (this list is not meant to be all-inclusive):

  • Inappropriate elimination
  • Aggression towards other animals
  • Aggression towards people
  • Excessively shy/scared of visitors
  • Destroying yard/furniture/personal items in home
  • Rough play (biting/nipping or jumping on people)
  • Excessive vocalization
  • Jumping on counters/tables
  • Food/toy/space guarding aggression
  • Fear of riding in car
  • Separation anxiety issues