American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
AVSAB's mission is to promote the understanding of applied animal behavior through collaborative, scientific efforts that foster compassionate and respectful interactions with animals.
These position statements were developed through the cooperation of the members of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) and reflect the opinion of this association on a variety of topics related to the field of animal behavior.
Dominance Position Statement
This statement has been developed for the purpose of clarifying how AVSAB views the theory of dominance relationships between animals. We also hope that it helps to dispel some myths that have recently become more prevalent among some who work in this field.
Punishment Position Statement
This statement focuses on the use of punishment in the training of animals and the learning theories that exist which put the use of punishment into proper perspective
Breed Specific Legislation
This statement was developed as a review of the efficacy of breed-specific legislation, and AVSAB’s position on these policies.