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Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC

Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC
Dr. Pachel is an accomplished board-certified veterinary behaviorist and highly sought after lecturer on many aspects of animal behavior. His approach to animal behavior cases focuses on the importance of the human-animal bond and the wide and varied roles that companion animals play in the lives of their families. He lectures and teaches throughout the country and owns and practices at Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, OR. In his spare time, Dr. Pachel loves to run marathons, practice yoga, take weekend RV excursions, and discover new beers...not all necessarily at the same time though.

Recent Posts

How to Introduce a Puppy or Adult Dog to Your Children


When you get a new dog, you may be eager and excited to welcome this new member of your family into your home, and your kids will likely be consumed with giddiness and the anticipation of a new best friend. But before your kids try to smother your new puppy or dog with hugs and kisses, you need to consider how best to make these important introductions, and how to do so safely for all involved.

 

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Topics: Dog Training, Puppy Training, Dog Tips, introducing puppy to children, adult dog tips, puppy tips, adult dog children

How to Introduce Your New Dog to Your Other Pets


Introductions Are a Process, Not a One-Time Encounter

When you get a new dog, you may be eager and excited to welcome this new member of your family into your home. But your dogs or cats already at home—your "resident pets"—may not exactly share in your immediate joy and excitement. Taking the time to set up a structured, deliberate process for introducing your new dog to your current pets will increase the chances of safer, more rewarding meet-and-greets and long term relationships. 

All introductions with your new dog—whether you’re introducing them to your resident dogs or cats, or even your human kids—should occur in a structured, safe environment at a pace that is comfortable for everyone. Introductions should be thought of as a process, not a one-time, high-stakes encounter.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, Pheromones, Introductions, New Dog

Snake Aversion: How to teach your dog to avoid venomous snakes


Dogs and snakes don't mix!

Dog owners living in areas that are also home to venomous snakes and reptiles know how dangerous it can be to encounter one of these animals on a trail hike, or perhaps even in a suburban backyard. A dog’s natural curiosity can quickly get them into trouble unless they have previously learned to stay out of harm’s way!  

Even if you live in a relatively snake-free area, they should — along with other dangerous animals — be kept in mind, especially when traveling with your dog to a place where snakes are common.

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Topics: Dog Training, Dog Safety, Dog Health, Dog Behavior, Snakes

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