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Table 1 List of canine, feline and equine behaviour issues included in the survey

From: Towards the development of day one competences in veterinary behaviour medicine: survey of veterinary professionals experience in companion animal practice in Ireland

Species Behaviour Problems
Canine Toilet training Inappropriate elimination Aggression towards people Aggression towards other dogs Dog-reactive (dogs that over-react to other dogs) Anxiety-related problems (e.g. separation anxiety) Fearful behaviour (e.g. fear of fireworks, fear of the hoover) Destructive behaviour (e.g. chewing furniture) Compulsive disorders (e.g. tail-chasing, acral lick dermatitis) Unruly behaviour (e.g. pulling on lead, jumping up) Roaming or escaping Poor recall Vocalisation Other (please specify)
Feline House soiling Destructive behaviour (e.g. scratching furniture) Aggression towards owner and other family members Aggression towards guests Aggression towards other pets Overgrooming, wool or blanket-sucking Anxiety-related problems (e.g. hiding) Vocalisation Fearful of other cats, dogs or people Other (please specify)
Equine Handling problems (e.g. headshyness, barging) Riding problems (e.g. bucking, spooking) Stereotypies or stable vices (e.g. crib-biting, weaving)