VMLL 2332 - Canine Elimination Problems

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This module is part of the Animal Behavior course. Each student must complete the Introduction to Animal Behavior course (VMLL 2330) before enrolling in this course.

After completing this unit, you will be able to:

  • Explain to owners why non-contingent punishment for elimination problems is ineffective.
  • Explain the role of urine as communication in dogs and why this presents problems in solving elimination problems.
  • Outline the steps for successfully housebreaking a dog or puppy.
  • Name differential medical diagnoses that could be mistaken for behavioral elimination problems.
  • Diagnose and treat incomplete housebreaking, urinary marking, separation anxiety related elimination, excitatory/submissive urination, fear based urination and elimination related to olfactory cues.
  • List relevant questions that will aid in the differential diagnosis of elimination problems.
  • Understand the role of behavioral pharmacology in the treatment of elimination problems.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


VMLL 2330 (Introduction to Animal Behavior).


Jennie Willis
Jennie Willis

(970) 491-2993 | jennie.willis@colostate.edu

Dr. Jennie Willis grew up in Colorado as a child and then returned for graduate school later in her life. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2005 with a Ph.D. in zoology, with an emphasis in animal behavior.

Dr. Willis teaches undergraduate courses in dog behavior and instructs veterinary students in applied companion animal behavior. She coordinates the new master's degree program in Zoo, Aquarium and Animal Shelter Management.

Dr. Willis writes for the Coloradoan and has given numerous scientific and invited presentations, and is an active speaker for professional groups and organizations. She co-advises the veterinary student behavior club, which won the 2010 AVSAB Student Chapter Award.

Dr. Willis is a member of the Animal Behavior Society, American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, Animal Behavior Management Alliance, and Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

In her spare time, Dr. Willis enjoys spending time with her family hiking, swimming and adventuring in the Colorado mountains.

Learn more at: http://www.AnimalBehaviorInsights.com