Click Therapy for Dogs (and the people who love them)

Vivian Zottola, MSc

Welcome to Click Therapy for Dogs (and the people who love them).

In this podcast,  I’ll be sharing information and practical solutions to common and sometimes complex problems related to pet dog companionship, all backed by science, professional knowledge and experience.

Hi, I’m Vivian Zottola, an applied anthrozoologist, dog psychologist, and canine behavior modification trainer specializing in preventing and resolving behavior problems between people and pet companions. People hire me for various reasons, from providing behavior evaluations and puppy training to improving separation anxiety and reducing the risk of a bite to toddler, family member,  and other dogs.

Expect to learn a range of dog-centric topics from animal welfare and ethics, the psychology of human-animal relations, best practices for clear communication and management, and mindful, kind, and humane training tips.

Thanks for listening, subscribing and sharing what you learn with others, including your pet companion, who … might love you even more for it!

For more information about Vivian Zottola, MSc and to contact her see www.bostonk9concierge.com

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Episodes

Preparing for Dog Behavior Change
Jan 5 2024
Preparing for Dog Behavior Change
In this episode I aim to capture the spirit of new beginnings and past reflections.  I discuss embarking on changing pet companion behavior first by taking inventory on the time we have in our personal and professional lives. Learning new communication and management skills to support and improve our relationship with our pet companions requires our attention and commitment. When introducing clear communication systems with our pet companions, some unwanted behaviors may tease out fairly early however there will be others that will be a little more "sticky", they'll take a little more time to unravel. In most cases improving behaviors requires we learn and practice new skills over and over again until they become unconscious behaviors.  In this episode we explore  the importance of evaluating your life, learn the steps on how to take  inventory of your responsibilities and considerations on making space before committing to starting a behavior modification training program so to support your two and four family success! ReferencesDinwoodie, I. R., Zottola, V., & Dodman, N. H. (2022). An investigation into the effectiveness of various professionals and behavior modification programs, with or without medication, for the treatment of canine fears. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 55, 1-6.Dr. Antonio DiMasio Book Feeling and Knowing: Making Minds Conscious (Interview)Dr. Carl Safina (Ted Talk presentation on Animals)Books Dr. Marc Bekoff (website MarcBekoff.comDr. Rick Hanson (website DrRickHanson.com )Center for Canine Behavior StudiesBe BiteSmart Educational Initiative to Reduce Risk of Bites to ChildrenAcoustic morning leaves TunePocket  Receive 10% off 25$ or more when you use the coupon code VivianZ10 This podcast is suitable for pet dog guardians, shelters, rescue staff/volunteer fosters, adopters, veterinary professionals, animal trainers, behaviorists, research scientists and anyone interested in learning about human dog relations, evidence based behavior interventions, and ethical and humane practices. All content provided on this podcast is for entertainment and educational purposes only. The podcast host makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information; is not liable for any errors or omissions in the information; will not be liable for any losses, injuries or damages from the display or use of information. All information provided is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any conditions. Listening to this podcast does not guarantee change. Contact your veterinarian or board certified behaviorist if behavior persists.
Rescue Dog Considerations
Dec 28 2023
Rescue Dog Considerations
In this episode I discuss Rescue Dogs answering listener questions about what the term “rescue dog” really means, how dogs become orphaned and how they enter the “foster care and rescue system”. I provide some new information about the reality of the “honeymoon period” and share personal ethical dilemmas some of which have shaken my core.  Last I share a list of considerations any potential guardian ought make prior to acquiring a pet dog companion and particularly those with an unknown learning history. I agree with animal trainer Ken Ramirez when he says that dog training is not a luxury; it is a necessity. As responsible pet owners (guardians), it is our duty to understand how to properly manage and live with our dogs. By doing our research beforehand and practicing best techniques, we can set our dogs up for success in our world and support them in the best way possible.ResourcesHow I Met My Dog custom match see here https://www.howimetmydog.com/AVSAB Position Statement on Humane Dog TrainingPositive Reinforcement Pet Professionals https://fearfreepets.com/https://avsab.org/directory/https://www.ccpdt.org/https://iaabc.org/ReferencesDinwoodie, I. R., Zottola, V., Kubitz, K., & Dodman, N. H. (2022). Selection Factors Influencing Eventual Owner Satisfaction about Pet Dog Adoption. Animals, 12(17), 2264.Bohland, K. R., Lilly, M. L., Herron, M. E., Arruda, A. G., & O’Quin, J. M. (2023). Shelter dog behavior after adoption: Using the C-BARQ to track dog behavior changes through the first six months after adoption. PLOS ONE, 18(8), e0289356. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0289356McMillan, F. D., Duffy, D. L., & Serpell, J. A. (2011). Mental health of dogs formerly used as ‘breeding stock’ in commercial breeding establishments. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 135(1-2), 86-94.Miller, D. D., Staats, S. R., Partlo, C., & Rada, K. (1996). Factors associated with the decision to surrender a pet to an animal shelter. Journal of the american veterinary medical association, 209(4), 738.Mondelli, F., Prato Previde, E., Verga, M., Lei, D., Magistrelli, S., & Valsecchi, P. (2004). The bond that never developed: adoption and relinquishment of dogs in a rescue shelter. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 7(4), 253-266.WelfaAcoustic morning leaves TunePocket  Receive 10% off 25$ or more when you use the coupon code VivianZ10 This podcast is suitable for pet dog guardians, shelters, rescue staff/volunteer fosters, adopters, veterinary professionals, animal trainers, behaviorists, research scientists and anyone interested in learning about human dog relations, evidence based behavior interventions, and ethical and humane practices. All content provided on this podcast is for entertainment and educational purposes only. The podcast host makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information; is not liable for any errors or omissions in the information; will not be liable for any losses, injuries or damages from the display or use of information. All information provided is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any conditions. Listening to this podcast does not guarantee change. Contact your veterinarian or board certified behaviorist if behavior persists.
A Life-Stage Approach to Pet Dog Behavior & Training
Dec 19 2023
A Life-Stage Approach to Pet Dog Behavior & Training
This episode  covers various stages of a dog's life and corresponding physical and psychological changes that come with each stage. The conversation aims to provide insight, prepare you to help your dog through difficult times, to manage behavior, and plan fundamental training for your furry friend. When your dog displays sudden or concerning behavior at any stage of their life, or if any changes continue without resolution, please contact your veterinarian first for guidance. Thanks for listing vivian@dogbehaviorandconsulting.comEMBARK DNA savingsStarting December19 and through December 28,  Save $60 off Breed + Health Test & Purebred Test, Save $30 off Breed ID Test Click on this link here . At check out use the code DNAYAYResourcesAsher, L., England, G. C., Sommerville, R., & Harvey, N. D. (2020). Teenage dogs? Evidence for adolescent-phase conflict behaviour and an association between attachment to humans and pubertal timing in the domestic dog. Biology letters, 16(5), 20200097.de Faria Jr, O., Pivonkova, H., Varga, B., Timmler, S., Evans, K. A., & Káradóttir, R. T. (2021). Periods of synchronized myelin changes shape brain function and plasticity. Nature Neuroscience, 24(11), 1508-1521.Dinwoodie, I. R., Zottola, V., & Dodman, N. H. (2021). An investigation into the impact of pre-adolescent training on canine behavior. Animals, 11(5), 1298.Houston, M. L. (1968). The early brain development of the dog. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 134(3), 371-383.Miklósi, Á. (2014). Dog behaviour, evolution, and cognition. oUp Oxford.Overall, K. (2013). Manual of Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Dogs and Cats-E-Book. Elsevier Health Sciences.Owczarczak-Garstecka, S. C., Da Costa, R. E., Harvey, N. D., Giragosian, K., Kinsman, R. H., Casey, R. A., ... & Murray, J. K. “It's Like Living with a Sassy Teenager!”: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Dog Owners’ Perceptions and Experiences of Dog Behaviour between the Ages of 12 Weeks and 2 Years.Scott, J. P., & Fuller, J. L. (2012). Genetics and the Social Behavior of the Dog (Vol. 570). University of Chicago Sapolsky, R. M. (2005). Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers. Henry Holt & Company: New York, NY, USA.Serpell, J., Duffy, D. L., & Jagoe, J. A. (2016). Becoming a dog: Early experience and the development of behavior. The domestic dog: Its evolution, behavior and interactions with People, 2, 93-117.Acoustic morning leaves TunePocket  Receive 10% off 25$ or more when you use the coupon code VivianZ10 This podcast is suitable for pet dog guardians, shelters, rescue staff/volunteer fosters, adopters, veterinary professionals, animal trainers, behaviorists, research scientists and anyone interested in learning about human dog relations, evidence based behavior interventions, and ethical and humane practices. All content provided on this podcast is for entertainment and educational purposes only. The podcast host makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information; is not liable for any errors or omissions in the information; will not be liable for any losses, injuries or damages from the display or use of information. All information provided is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any conditions. Listening to this podcast does not guarantee change. Contact your veterinarian or board certified behaviorist if behavior persists.
Let's Talk About Kids, Dogs, and Reducing Risk of Accidental Bites
Dec 9 2023
Let's Talk About Kids, Dogs, and Reducing Risk of Accidental Bites
Hi friends in this episode we discuss kids and dogs and reducing the risk of accidental bitesa history of the relationship changes between people and dogs that fostered family unit changes. studies in favor of relations between dogs and the alarm from pediatric community to provide more education to help reduce risk of bites.  the grim reality of bites statistics in the U.S.I provided a learning framework if you live with children and dogsWe also  covered challenges many families expereince ranging from the social pressure and soft manipulation of advertisers and the social behavior we engage in including digital social media  I ended with directing you to resources - both existing and developing educational products we are working on at the Center for Canine Behavior Studies with our  BEBiteSmart free children educational initiative Learn more:Be BiteSmart Educational Initiative: https://www.centerforcaninebehaviorstudies.org/bebitesmartFamily Paws Parent Education: https://www.familypaws.com/Postpartum Help Call National Maternal Mental Health Hotline  or text 1-833-852-6262Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers: https://www.ccpdt.org/ American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior: https://avsab.org/International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants: https://iaabc.org/FearFreePets: https://fearfreepets.com/CattleDog Publishing Home of Dr. Sophia Yin Low Stress Handling: https://cattledogpublishing.com/As always thank you for listening and sharing this episode with others. If you haven’t already a question or topic of interest please let me know. I can be reached by email vivian@dogbehaviorandconsulting.com  Know I appreciate you and all you you do for your dog. Until the next time keep up the good work.RESOURCESClaire S.E. Giraudet, Kai Lou, Alan G. McElligott, Mia Cobb, Are children and dogs best friends? A scoping review to explore the positive and negative effects of child-dog interactionsHawkins, Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals & Williams, 2020d’Angelo et al., 2022Patterson et al. (2022) Patterson KN, Horvath KZ, Minneci PC, Thakkar R, Wurster L, Noffsinger DL, Bourgeois T, Deans KJ. Pediatric dog bite injuries in the USA: a systematic review. World Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2022;5(2):e000281. doi: 10.1136/wjps-2021-000281. [Acoustic morning leaves TunePocket  Receive 10% off 25$ or more when you use the coupon code VivianZ10 This podcast is suitable for pet dog guardians, shelters, rescue staff/volunteer fosters, adopters, veterinary professionals, animal trainers, behaviorists, research scientists and anyone interested in learning about human dog relations, evidence based behavior interventions, and ethical and humane practices. All content provided on this podcast is for entertainment and educational purposes only. The podcast host makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information; is not liable for any errors or omissions in the information; will not be liable for any losses, injuries or damages from the display or use of information. All information provided is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any conditions. Listening to this podcast does not guarantee change. Contact your veterinarian or board certified behaviorist if behavior persists.
Let's Talk About Umwelt
Nov 28 2023
Let's Talk About Umwelt
In this episode I cover the concept of Umwelt the notion that we perceive the world through our own limited senses. The term was first coined by German Ethnologist Jakob von Uexkull in his book published in 1934 entitled Foray Into Other Worlds of Animals and Humans.  I also cover Ed Young's book An immense World, how animal senses reveal the hidden realms around us.  Through an descriptive exercise we explore and imagine what it must like to be another animal and quickly recognize our built in limitations. These limitations if gone unchecked do cause confusion and often misunderstandings with our furry friends. We can never know what its like to be a dog, a cat, a fish, horse, snake or elephant because we are human and perceiving the world through our own limited and different sensory perceptions. Recognition of our differences provides us with an awakening and remind us to pause and reflect. I hope you enjoy this episode. Acoustic morning leaves TunePocket  This podcast is suitable for pet dog guardians, shelters, rescue staff/volunteer fosters, adopters, veterinary professionals, animal trainers, behaviorists, research scientists and anyone interested in learning about human dog relations, evidence based behavior interventions, and ethical and humane practices. All content provided on this podcast is for entertainment and educational purposes only. The podcast host makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information; is not liable for any errors or omissions in the information; will not be liable for any losses, injuries or damages from the display or use of information. All information provided is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any conditions. Listening to this podcast does not guarantee change. Contact your veterinarian or board certified behaviorist if behavior persists.
Dog Dog Engagements
Nov 17 2023
Dog Dog Engagements
In this episode we cover best practices for dog dog interactions taking into consideration best way to set up the engagement from the dogs point of view. The best we can do is try to set up the first “meeting date” so its a success starting with smell first.  I’ll walk you through how to prepare for a meet up and steps during the meet up.  While we cannot control how the dogs will feel about each other we can work on some positive associations before they even meet! If you enjoy this episode please share with others and if you have a question or topic of interest please let me know by email vivian@bostonk9concierge.com.  Until the next time please enjoy your dog. Training Resources:Looking for a professional who relies on teaching you and your pet companion using  techniques free of fear, force and intimidation? See the list below but don't stop there. After you've located a professional close to you, have a conversation, ask questions and get references. FearFreePets.comKaren Pryor Academywww.CCPDT.org www.IAABC.org Canine Body Language References Dog Language: An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior , Roger AbrantesDoggie Language, Lilly ChinOthers to followAcoustic morning leaves TunePocket  Receive 10% off 25$ or more when you use the coupon code VivianZ10 This podcast is suitable for pet dog guardians, shelters, rescue staff/volunteer fosters, adopters, veterinary professionals, animal trainers, behaviorists, research scientists and anyone interested in learning about human dog relations, evidence based behavior interventions, and ethical and humane practices. All content provided on this podcast is for entertainment and educational purposes only. The podcast host makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information; is not liable for any errors or omissions in the information; will not be liable for any losses, injuries or damages from the display or use of information. All information provided is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any conditions. Listening to this podcast does not guarantee change. Contact your veterinarian or board certified behaviorist if behavior persists.
Help My Dog Is A Finicky Eater What Can I Do
Nov 15 2023
Help My Dog Is A Finicky Eater What Can I Do
In this episode I answer a listeners question about their dogs finicky eating behaviors and provide suggestions on how to improve the behavior. Check with your veterinarian first to ensure there is no underlying medical problem before changing anything including your routine. I’m a fan of feeding our pet companions high quality food ingredients that are gently cooked, or dehydrated. If you enjoyed this episode please share with others and if you have questions let me know. My email is vivian@bostonk9concierge.comResources mentioned in the podcastThe Forever Dog, by Dr Karen BeckerAmerican College of Veterinary NutritionTufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Clinical NutritionAcoustic morning leaves TunePocket  This podcast is suitable for pet dog guardians, shelters, rescue staff/volunteer fosters, adopters, veterinary professionals, animal trainers, behaviorists, research scientists and anyone interested in learning about human dog relations, evidence based behavior interventions, and ethical and humane practices. All content provided on this podcast is for entertainment and educational purposes only. The podcast host makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information; is not liable for any errors or omissions in the information; will not be liable for any losses, injuries or damages from the display or use of information. All information provided is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any conditions. Listening to this podcast does not guarantee change. Contact your veterinarian or board certified behaviorist if behavior persists.
Pet Loss And Grieving
Nov 15 2023
Pet Loss And Grieving
As pet guardians, one of the most challenging experiences to live through is the loss and grief of our beloved companions. Death is a part of the natural life cycle of all living beings. Yet, when we acquire a pet, we intentionally, or not, sweep the notion of pet loss right under the rug facing it only and unless necessary.  In this podcast we discuss pet loss, the steps of grieving and pet loss counseling which differs from other therapies. If you’ve enjoyed this episode please share and if you have questions let me know. I can be reached at vivian@bostonk9concierge.com Below are a few resources for support:www.vet.tufts.edu/petloss/ www.APLB.org www.petloss.com  www.petlosscounselor.comAcoustic morning leaves TunePocket  This podcast is suitable for pet dog guardians, shelters, rescue staff/volunteer fosters, adopters, veterinary professionals, animal trainers, behaviorists, research scientists and anyone interested in learning about human dog relations, evidence based behavior interventions, and ethical and humane practices. All content provided on this podcast is for entertainment and educational purposes only. The podcast host makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information; is not liable for any errors or omissions in the information; will not be liable for any losses, injuries or damages from the display or use of information. All information provided is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any conditions. Listening to this podcast does not guarantee change. Contact your veterinarian or board certified behaviorist if behavior persists.
Navigating Pet Dog Professional Roles
Nov 13 2023
Navigating Pet Dog Professional Roles
Today’s topic is on Navigating The Pet Dog Professional Roles. Who do you seek for help when you notice your dog’s behavior suddenly changes for the worse? Have you ever wondered what’s the difference between dog trainers, behavior consultants and behaviorists? Does it really matter what type of trainer you hire to teach you and your dog?  In this podcast we’ll cover these topics and more. I’m hopeful the information provided will help answer some of these questions and more. Acoustic morning leaves TunePocket  Receive 10% off 25$ or more when you use the coupon code VivianZ10 This podcast is suitable for pet dog guardians, shelters, rescue staff/volunteer fosters, adopters, veterinary professionals, animal trainers, behaviorists, research scientists and anyone interested in learning about human dog relations, evidence based behavior interventions, and ethical and humane practices. All content provided on this podcast is for entertainment and educational purposes only. The podcast host makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information; is not liable for any errors or omissions in the information; will not be liable for any losses, injuries or damages from the display or use of information. All information provided is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any conditions. Listening to this podcast does not guarantee change. Contact your veterinarian or board certified behaviorist if behavior persists.