• This work presents the basic concepts regarding the behaviour of domestic dogs and cats, and explains the disorders most commonly encountered in everyday clinical practice. The book describes the main signs of behavioural disorders, their diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment, all illustrated with images taken from actual cases. It is a quick, accurate reference guide that should prove particularly useful for veterinary practitioners, as it will help them advise new pet owners and enable them to carry out appropriate primary interventions to resolve their patients’ behavioural disorders early on in their development.


    1. Read me first
    Behavioural development
    Basic puppy handling and training

    2. Disorders associated with aggressive behaviour
    Dominance aggression
    Intraspecific and intrasexual aggression
    Fear aggression
    Pain aggression
    Predatory aggression
    Territorial aggression
    Aggression due to pathophysiological conditions
    Annex. Guidelines for Owners
    How to be a dog’s leader
    Dominance exercises

    3. Disorders associated with anxiety and stress
    Separation anxiety
    Anxiety syndrome
    Compulsive disorders
    Other behavioural disorders associated with anxiety

    4. Disorders associated with elimination behaviour
    Elimination in inappropriate locations
    Submissive urination
    Excitement urination

    5. Disorders associated with cognitive decline
    Cognitive dysfunction syndrome
    or senile dementia
    “Old puppy” syndrome

    6. Latest treatment advances and innovations
    Dog pheromones
    Other treatment options


    1. Read me first
    Environmental enrichment

    2. Disorders associated with aggressive behaviour
    Intrasexual aggression
    Territorial aggression
    Predatory aggression directed towards people
    Redirected aggression, or aggression learned through fear or pain
    Feline social aggression
    Aggression due to pathophysiological conditions

    3. Disorders associated with environmental stress. Cat stereotypies
    Excessive grooming (feline psychogenic alopecia)
    Feline hyperaesthesia
    Wool sucking
    Tail chasing with or without self-mutilation

    4. Disorders associated with elimination behaviour
    Urine marking
    Inappropriate elimination

    5. Less common disorders seen in everyday practice
    Syndromes associated with cognitive decline

    6. Latest treatment advances
    and innovations
    Cat pheromones
    Other treatment options


    Photography credits

  • Ricardo Luis Bruno Cazeaux

    Dr Bruno completed his degree in veterinary medicine at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and is licensed practice veterinary medicine in Spain through the accreditation of his degree by the Office of Degrees and Recognition of Qualifications at the Spanish Ministry of Education’s General Directorate for University Policy. He was awarded the title of Specialist in Animal Behaviour by the Argentinian Professional Board of Veterinarians and earned a master’s degree in animal behaviour and ecology of behaviour from the Universidad de los Pueblos de Europa (Spain).

    He was previously a veterinary consultant in animal behaviour for Pro Animale, a German animal protection society, and in 2003, 2004, and 2009, Ricardo was in charge of an abandoned dog shelter in Ayvalik (Turkey) subsidised by Pro Animale and with a population of 1,200 dogs.

    Dr Bruno has acted as a technical consultant and development manager for the first medicine manufactured in Argentina for the treatment of behavioural disorders in pets.

    He has been a guest lecturer at the Tandil Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, attached to the National University of Central Buenos Aires, and was responsible for the Animal Behaviour module as part of the university’s degree in small animal veterinary medicine.

    Ricardo was a full member of the assessment panel for the title of specialist in clinical veterinary medicine in cats and dogs awarded by the Santa Fe Province Association of Veterinarians (Argentina).

    He designed the study programme and was co-coordinator and lecturer for a specialist course on domestic cat and dog behaviour organised by the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences at the National University of La Plata (Argentina).

    He also prepared the study programme and lectured as part of the International Online (e-learning) Course in Companion Animal Behaviour – a 13-week long course organised by the veterinary portal Vet Praxis in Peru. Ricardo has also lectured as part of the International Online Diploma Course in Clinical Animal Behaviour organised by VEPA (Association of Small Animal Veterinarians) in the department of Antioquia, Colombia.

    Since 2013, he has been a lecturer of the Cat Behaviour module for the international online postgraduate course on feline medicine, imparted through the veterinary IT portal www.veterinariosenweb.com belonging to the Universidad Católica de Salta (Argentina).

    He is a coauthor of Medicina Felina Práctica 2 (Practical Feline Medicine 2) and collaborated on Consulta Rápida en la clínica diaria (Rapid Consultations in Everyday Clinical Practice). Dr Bruno elaborated the study material on animal welfare, zoonoses, and canine and feline behaviour for the 2007 TACA course (animal-assisted therapy) imparted at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Buenos Aires (Argentina).

    He wrote the book Una guía para entender a tu gato (A Guide to Understanding your Cat) (Editorial Grijalbo, Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, 2017) aimed at the general public.

    Since 2018, he has created content that forms part of the digital communication strategy for a company in the sector.