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Dog Behavioral Expert Talks on Current Research in OCD Dogs
Date:6/24/2013

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 a
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