Body Language Fear in Dogs

Every year over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs. One of the most common causes of biting and aggression in dogs is fear. This color poster developed by Dr. Sophia Yin and illustrated by Lili Chin, shows the common as well as more subtle signs of fear and anxiety in dogs.

Canine Bite Levels

Fido!  No.  Bad Fido! Ouch! Bite level 1 is obnoxious or aggressive behavior but no skin contact by teeth. Level 2 is skin contact by teeth but no skin puncture. Level 3 is one to four punctures from a single bite with no puncture deeper than half the length of the dog’s canine teeth. Level 4 is one to four …

How Veterinary Social Workers Save Lives

My heart aches whenever I hear office staff offering condolences to pet owners as they leave the hospital with a leash and collar in their hands. I know the excruciating pain of making an end-of-life decision for a suffering pet. And I understand the heartbreak of holding a beloved animal companion as he or she takes the last breath. Euthanasia …

Free ESA Dog Letter

All too often, clients come to us with their hat in hand, seeking our assistance with fixing up “their broken ESA letter.” And also all too often, their letter is based on the “Bazelon letter.” Since 1972, the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has advocated for the civil rights, full inclusion and equality of adults and …