Associazione Italiana Veterinari Piccoli Animali
Affiliata WSAVA


La terapia in medicina comportamentale: come modificare il comportamento e utilizzare i farmaci

How to use drugs and behavioural modifications in treatment of behavioural disorders


Palestrini C.
Medico Veterinario, PhD, Dipl. ECAWBM, Specialista in Etologia Applicata e Benessere degli Animali d’Affezione
Dipartimento di Scienze Veterinarie e Sanità Pubblica
Università degli Studi di Milano


An effective communication is the first step to establish a correct relationship between owner and dog. The client’s ability to correctly read their pet’s body language allows them to act appropriately and prevent the development of undesired behaviours and or situations. Once the client understands their animal’s needs and body language and their own influence on the animal’s behaviour, s/he will be less upset, unhappy or worried about their pet, and, being more aware of the reasons behind their pet’s behaviour they will be more willing to cooperate in the behavioural modification program.
A number of procedures have been borrowed from human psychotherapy to modify the mental processing of an individual animal. These procedures are often referred to as behavior modification techniques. Veterinarians should be able to assess the relative importance of all the factors that influence the behavior and the opportunity of a possible use to a behavioral therapy or medication for the resolution of each case.


dog, behaviour, behavioural disorder, behavioural modification


Medicina comportamentale