Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC received his veterinary degree from the University of MN in 2002 and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2010. He has operated both house-call and office-based behavior practices and is currently the owner and lead clinician at the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, OR. Dr. Pachel lectures regularly throughout the US as well as internationally, teaches courses at multiple veterinary schools in the US, and has authored several articles and book chapters on topics such as Intercat aggression and Pet selection for animal-assisted therapy. He is a sought-after expert witness for legal cases involving animal behavior, and is also a Vice President of Veterinary Behavior on the executive leadership team for Instinct Dog Behavior and Training, providing positive reinforcement behavior modification and board/train services within a franchise-based business model.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is the difference between anxiety and fear?
  • How can using a medical model apply to behavior?
  • How would the treatment/training plan change depending on whether the dog is classified as fearful or anxious?
  • When is it appropriate for a trainer to refer to a vet behaviorist?

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