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Pitfalls in Socialization: When Best Intentions Miss the Mark

The consequences of insufficient socialization may include behavior patterns such as increased emotionality and a predisposition toward fear- and anxiety-based emotional states. The process of socialization is about more than “exposure,” and social exposures need to be provided in just the right quantity and quality, and at the right time for maximum benefit. What happens when we miss the mark? Is it possible to create problems while trying to provide socialization experiences? This presentation will cover socialization guidelines and possible outcomes due to insufficient socialization. It will also focus specifically on two additional potential problems, traumatic experiences and conditioned arousal, outlining how these complications occur and how to avoid them.

Dr. Christopher Pachel

Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC, received his veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota in 2002 and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2010. He has operated house-call and office-based behavior practices and is currently the owner and lead clinician at the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Pachel lectures regularly throughout the US and Canada, teaches courses at multiple veterinary schools in the US, and has authored several articles and book chapters on topics such as intercat aggression and pet selection for animal-assisted therapy. He is a sought-after expert witness for legal cases involving animal behavior issues. Dr. Pachel is also a Vice President of Veterinary Behavior on the executive leadership team of Instinct Dog Behavior and Training, a company that provides positive reinforcement behavior modification and board/train services within a franchise-based business model.