Navigation Links
Dog Behavioral Expert Talks on Current Research in OCD Dogs

New York, New York (PRWEB) June 24, 2013

Dog behaviorist and trainer Joseph Biggins responds to the research outlined in National Geographic regarding similar brain abnormalities among dogs and people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The ground-breaking finds suggest that dogs will one day help doctors better understand human anxiety, giving them valuable insight into how to treat the disorder.

The article begins by informing readers that the idea of dogs living with their own version of CCD – canine compulsive disorder – is old news. Scientists are already familiar with the concept of dogs developing their species’ version of OCD, noting that they respond to the same medications and “have a genetic basis to their disorders.”

Dog behavioral expert Joseph Biggins comments on the similarities found between dogs and humans. “As an animal behaviorist, I see the shared behaviors between people and dogs with OCD. Not only does this pave the way for immensely helpful research regarding human anxiety, it also gives pet owners an opportunity to understand their dogs better,” he said. “I work with dogs with severe behavioral issues like separation anxiety or aggressive behavior. Part of my job as a behavioral expert is to help owners find ways to modify those behaviors to make it easier to live with. As a dog trainer, this level of expertise is so important. In a lot of ways, my approach with dogs as a behaviorist is similar to what psychiatrists do for humans. We use behavior modification techniques and lifestyle change, using psychoactive medication when needed.”

The article emphasizes this strange bond by quoting Niwako Ogata, an assistant professor of animal behavior at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in Indiana. “We have a lot of commonality with our best friend the dog,” he said. The article reveals that for the first time ever, “MRI brain scans of eight CCD-affected Doberman pinschers show that dogs and people also share certain brain characteristics.” An applied animal behaviorist in southern California, Jill Goldman, adds that “these findings support the similarities between humans and dogs.”

Research is beginning to show commonalities outside of OCD diagnoses. For instance, elderly dogs that display mirrored characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease are used as models in gaining insight of the degenerative disease in people. The article continues to identify attributes of the anxious brain, revealing that “people with OCD often perform the same rituals repeatedly, disrupting their daily routines – for example, by washing hands or unlocking and relocking doors over and over again. Dogs with CCD show the same kind of detrimental repetitions, such as chasing their tails or licking their paws.”

Goldman notes the importance of diagnosing and training dogs with CCD with a sense of patience. “Please remember that dogs were domesticated by humans,” she said. “We’re responsible for their behavior, and for preventing and treating the problem through better understanding.” Joseph Biggins earnestly concurs, adding that “punishing the compulsive behavior may only heighten the dog’s anxiety, making the issue worse.”


Joseph Biggins is the founder of Good Dog Training, a dog obedience school that specializes in positive reinforcement. He extends group and private sessions with a goal of restoring the owner-pet bond. The experts at Good Dog Training are certified and equipped to help you better understand your dog, providing you with the tools you need to continue training beyond the classroom. Joseph Biggins can help you produce positive behavior in your pet, whether he or she struggles with OCD, social and separation anxiety, aggression issues or any other behavioral problem.

Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Passages Malibu Celebrates National Prevention Week and Promotes Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Awareness
2. Children with sleep apnea have higher risk of behavioral, adaptive and learning problems
3. TherapySites (Websites for Therapists) Announces Partnership with BehavioralHealthCE to Offer Website Marketing for Therapists
4. MinistryKeys: Using DISC Behavioral Analysis to Help Religious Organizations Achieve Goals for 2013
5. Sleep Specialist Dr. Gerald Suh Differentiates Behavioral from Physiological Sleep Disorders
6. Study: Behavioral therapy for children with autism can impact brain function
7. Scientists should advance management of behavioral norms
8. Burning Tree Will Exhibit at the 34th Annual Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorder Conference in Clearwater, FL
9. Adult and Child Center and Valle Vista Health Systems team up to improve behavioral health outcomes among Indy area children
10. Cognichoice Behavioral Health Software App Launches Crowdfunding Campaign on Health Tech Hatch
11. Bridges to Recovery Reaches Ten-Year Milestone as Premiere, Licensed Residential Behavioral Treatment Program and Honors Founding Medical Director Dr. Terry V. Eagan
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... PhyMed Healthcare ... today announced its partnership with WPC Healthcare , a provider of predictive ... organizes the data into an aggregated data repository necessary to perform reporting and ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... 13, 2015 , ... Altec Products, Inc., the leader in ... Dynamics AXUG, GPUG and NAVUG Summits to take place the week of October ... user conferences designed and led by users to provide attendees with a unique ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... through a unique private messaging application, announced today a significant contract that will ... five years. Independence plans to build on the growing success of its Relay ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... A child ... that’s why SmileCareClub , the leading remote invisible aligner system, has joined with ... would otherwise go without it. For each aligner treatment plan purchased, SmileCareClub will donate ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... product that targets the unique health needs of new moms. Postnatal Omega-3, ... Association ( ), utilizes Nordic Naturals’ exclusive, new, ultra-concentrated omega-3 oil. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/13/2015)... 2015  XiMo AG ( Lucerne , ... ( Milpitas, California ) announced today the ... The importance of metathesis chemistry was highlighted by the ... this application. This industrially-relevant application has been utilized in ... specialty chemicals, and polymers. Georg Fráter , ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... , Oct. 12, 2015 Given ... it is quite challenging to deliver an ophthalmic drug effectively ... overcome for a successful ocular drug delivery. These include dilution ... the lymphatic system of conjunctiva and drug permeation issues with ... the drug, in topical eye drops, is lost due to ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... WASHINGTON , Oct. 12, 2015  Former White House ... Press Secretary for the House Narcotics Committee, Robert Weiner ... "Rewriting Drug Policy." The two emphasize that this is now ... Clinton to Jeb Bush , Carly Fiorina ... Sordello cite the newest federal statistics, which they call "a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: