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

ssistant 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.”

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