May 01, 2017

Noise Aversion: Comforting Your Pet

Sara L. Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVB, owner of Veterinary Behavior Consultations in Fort Branch, Indiana, says it is OK to pet your dog or cat when they are frightened by a noise event.


Veterinarians used to say that it was inappropriate to comfort pets when they are frightened by a noise event because it would reinforce the fear response. Sara L. Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVB, owner of Veterinary Behavior Consultations in Fort Branch, Indiana, says that it is very difficult to reinforce an emotional response with comfort, so it is OK to pet your dog or cat when they are frightened by a noise event.

Sign up to receive the latest news in veterinary medicine.

Latest Issue

Client Education

American Veterinarian
 
`