COVID-19 Updates and Alerts

We are so excited to welcome you to our clinic. Please note our updated COVID policy:

  • Curbside service is open.
  • Our lobby will remain closed.
  • One pet parent is allowed in the exam room with their pet.
    • Two pet parents are allowed for Euthanasia services.
  • Masks are required for everyone.
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Keep your pet healthy—February Dental Month specials are here!

Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for all of our amazing clients and their wonderful pets!

Pet Behavior Resources

Unwanted pet behavior can be frustrating and stressful. Take a look at some of our recommended behavior resources below.

Behavior Resources for Your Needs

At Calusa Crossing Animal Hospital, we have taken the time to gather a number of behavioral resources to help you with your pet. Please feel free to call us for any other concerns you might have about your pet or to book a behaviour consultation.

Dog Body Language

BASIC: Very Short Videos

ADVANCED: Short Videos

Check out these excellent videos by a Kristin Crestejo, a Force Free (reward-based) trainer (Pet Professional Guild member) showing & explaining dog body language, especially emphasizes when dogs are “saying” I’m uncomfortable AND anxious behaviors.

Dog Body Language Articles and Longer Videos:

1) Canine Body Language in the Shelter by Veterinary Behaviorist, Dr. Sara Bennett, (47 minutes & excellent): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFFto1XVtxI

2) Article Best Friends: http://bestfriends.org/resources/dog-body-language

3) Center for Shelter Dogs (be sure to click on the links for specific behavior body language signs): http://centerforshelterdogs.tufts.edu/dog-behavior/dog-communication-and-body-language/

4) Excellent DVD for Purchase – Language of Dogs: https://www.dogwise.com/the-language-of-dogs-understanding-canine-body-language-and-other-communication-signals-dvd-set/

YouTube Video Clips from the DVD:

5) Turid Rugaas Calming Signals:

Finding Professional Help for Your Pet

Finding A Veterinary Behaviorist:

Finding a Fear Free Trainer and Groomer (in Line with the Veterinary behavior Standard of Care):

How To Choose a Trainer:

Noise Phobias:

General Behavior

Article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/decoding-your-pet/201806/dogs-and-humans-have-similar-social-and-emotional-brains

American College of Veterinary Behaviorists: About Dogs: https://www.dacvb.org/blogpost/1849871/About-Dogs

Training and Enrichment Activities:

The Reactive Dog:

Nuisance Behaviors:

Understand Behavior Problems in Your Dog

Book Resources:

  • How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves by Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS
  • Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
  • From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog from Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias by Marty Becker DVM (Author), Mikkel Becker (Author), Lisa Radosta (Author)
  • The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell PhD
  • The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson
  • Don’t Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor
  • On Talking Terms With Dogs Calming Signals

5 Ways to Make Your Dog’s Fear Worse

Dominance: MYTHS AND TRUTH: