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John   Carol Stream, IL

3/14/2009 4:29:28 PM

Dr. Yin's response here is right on. Any dog that spends 12 hours per day chasing shadows has a serious quality of life issue and needs some help. Finding a veterinarian who has an interest in animal behavior can be done at the web site of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) at Included in the search list for "Find an AVSAB Veterinarian" will be general practicing veterinarians and some board certified veterinary behaviorists. For a complete list of board certified veterinary behaviorists, go to This is the web site of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

John Ciribassi DVM, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary
Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior
John, Carol Stream,
Posted: 3/14/2009 4:27:31 PM

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Sophia Yin   Davis, CA

3/14/2009 11:30:57 AM


I'm a veterinarian and executive board member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (I hope this note is going to you directly before being posted on the site). I just wanted to point out that this dog most likely does have compulsive disorder. Such disorders can be life threatening if they take up a large portion of the dog's day (as they do in this case). Treatment involves a combination of both medication and behavior modification. Behavior modification consists of a stepwise program of rewarding the dog for alternate appropriate behaviors and should avoid punishment or coercion as they can make this particular type of condition worse. I have an article on this at called Spin Out: Canine compulsive disorder is no laughting matter. This owner should take her dog to see a veterinary behaviorist (To find one go to

Please email me or AVSAB if you have any questions regarding behavior issues in pets as we are always willing to

Thanks for your

Sophia Yin,

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