Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Small Animals


Appropriate behavior is an important part of a good human-animal bond.  Dr. Ricci will take part of the routine exam time to answer your behavior questions and to counsel you in steps you can take to help your pet do well in the family.  Many health issues have a behavioral component, especially bladder and urinary issues in cats.  There are many things that one can do to help make them comfortable in the house.

If there are behavioral issues that are too involved for Dr. Ricci, other resources are available that we can get you in touch with for help.  

Energy healing and essential oils are also very helpful with behavior problems.


Behavioral Protocols by Karen Overall

B-1 Protocol for Deference: Basic Program

B-2 Protocol for Relaxation: Behavior Modification Tier 1

B-3 Behavior Modification Tier 2: Protocol for Desensitizing Dominantly Aggressive Dogs

B-4 Behavior Modification Tier 2: Protocol for Desensitization and Counterconditioning Using Gradual Departures

B-5 Protocol for Teaching Your Dog to Uncouple Departures and Departure Cues

B-6 Tier 2: Protocol for  Desensitizing and Counterconditioning a Dog (or Cat) from Approaches from Strangers

B-7 Tier 2: Protocol for Desensitizing and Counterconditioning Dogs to Relinquish Objects

B-8 Tier 2: Protocol for Desensitization and Counterconditioning to Noises and Activities that Occur by the Door

B-9 Protocol for Dogs With Protective and/or Territorial Aggression

B-10 Protocol for Dogs With Interdog Aggression

B-11 Protocol for Dogs With Dominance Aggression

B-12 Protocol for Treating and Preventing Attention-Seeking Behavior

B-13 Protocol Basic Manners - Housebreaking

B-14 Protocol Introduce New Pet to Household Pets

B-15 Protocol Cats with Elimination Disorders

B-16 Protocol for Introducing a New Baby and a Pet

B-17 Protocol for Dogs with Separation Anxiety

B-18 Protocol for Dogs with Fearful Aggression

B-19 Protocol for Cats with Intercat Aggression

B-20 Protocol for Cats with Play Aggression

B-21 Protocol for Redirected Aggression in Cats (and Dogs)

B-22 Protocol for Status-Related Aggression in Cats

B-23 Protocol for Treating Fearful Behavior in Cats and Dogs

B-24 Protocol for Dogs and Interactions with Food, Rawhide, Biscuits and Bones

B-25 Protocol for Handling and Surviving Aggressive Events

B-26 Protocol for Teaching Children (and Adults) to Play with Dogs and Cats

B-27 Protocol for Choosing Collars, Head Collars, and Harnesses

B-28 Protocol for Cats with Pica or Inappropriate Ingestion Conditions Including Wool Sucking

B-29 Protocol for Cats with Barbering, Licking, or Over-grooming Conditions