The Basics of Police Dog Training

Brian Daubs, DVM, serves the Animal Specialty and Emergency Clinic in Rockledge, Florida, as chief of surgery. Dr. Brian Daubs additionally has received special recognition by the St. Lucie County Sheriff for his work with police dogs.

The first step in training a police dog is the same taken by all dog owners. The animal must learn and respond to basic obedience commands, such as “sit” and “stay,” with unwavering regularity so that officers can eventually control the force with which the dog approaches suspects. It is a common practice for dogs coming from other countries to be issued commands in their native language, such as German.

Following basic training, potential police dogs advance to agility and endurance training. Courses for police dogs are particularly rigorous, requiring the animals to scale walls and deal with a variety of additional obstacles. Following agility and endurance sessions, police dogs finally move on to specialty training. Police dogs are frequently trained to sniff out drugs, though they may also be used to smell for bombs or to track suspects and missing people.


Dr. Brian Daubs Holds ACVS Diplomate Status

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgery (ACVS), Dr. Brian Daubs is chief of surgery at Animal Speciality & Emergency Hospital in Rockledge, Florida. A 2005 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota, Brian Daubs achieved diplomate status with ACVS during 2012.

For nearly half a century, ACVS has upheld rigorous standards of professionalism for veterinary surgeons throughout North America. ACVS strives to achieve multiple objectives, including the facilitation of research in the field, providing both public and continuing education for its members, functioning as a certifying agency for its members, and establishing educational standards for residents in training and practicing veterinary surgeons.

Approximately 60% of ACVS members are practicing veterinary surgeons, while the balance of members work in academia, private industry, and teaching hospitals as educators or conducting research and pursuing new treatments and product developments aimed at advancing the quality of both animal and human health care.

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Caring for a Cat After an Animal Bite

Dr. Brain Daubs, a small animal veterinarian for more than nine years, draws on extensive experience in treating both simple and complex feline injuries. Dr. Brain Daubs pursues a particular professional interest in the treatment trauma cases including bite wounds.

Cats that spend time outdoors or with other animals may receive bites from time to time. The most important thing an owner can do is to assess the severity of the wound, as deep punctures may have damaged underlying structures. If this is the case, the cat should be taken to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Minor wounds may be treated at home before the owner seeks care.

Experts suggest that owners apply pressure to a bite wound with gauze or a clean cloth. Once the bleeding has stopped, they can tape the gauze to the wound during transit to the veterinarian’s office. Owners can clean minor shallow wounds with water or antiseptic solution; however, deep wounds need professional care. Often times the puncture at the skin is the “tip of the iceberg” and there is severe trauma under that puncture wound. If the chest cavity or abdominal cavity is punctured, this becomes a life threating situation. After the cat has received the treatment it needs, the owner must take care to keep the wound clean and dry and prevent the cat from licking at its wounds until they heal. This typically takes between one and two weeks.

Unique Dog Commands with a Clicker

Brian Daubs, DVM, has served as the chief of surgery at the Animal Specialty and Emergency Clinic in Rockledge, Florida, since 2013. When he is not performing surgery on pets and other animals, Dr. Brian Daubs spends his time training dogs.

A committed owner and an intelligent dog can achieve a number of great things beyond the simple “sit” and “stay” commands. By associating the sound of a simple clicker with a treat, the dog will soon become responsive to cues from the trainer. From this point, a number of truly impressive commands can be taught.

Many dogs are capable of retrieving a stick or ball, but not all dogs demonstrate the self-restraint required to leave such an item where it lies. To teach this, which in some cases can become a life-saving command, allow the dog to smell a treat in your hand. Place the treat several feet away. When the dog moves toward the treat, restrain the animal with a leash and issue the desired verbal command, such as, “leave it.” Immediately use the clicker and reward the dog with a treat.

It does not take a dedicated owner very long to house-train a pet, but bathroom training can be taken a step further with the introduction of a bell. Begin by indicating a bell on a door knob with a training stick to get the dog’s attention. When the dog first interacts with the bell on its own, use the clicker and issue a reward. Next, start performing this bell trick before going outside to use the bathroom. Over time, the dog will begin to use the bell on its own to signal a need to go out.

American Veterinary Medical Association Symposium

Veterinarian Brian Daubs recently opened Treasure Coast Veterinary Surgical Service, a private practice in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. A member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Brian Daubs structured his business to offer mobile surgery services to local veterinarians.

Founded in 1863, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is made up of more than 85,000 members. AVMA members span industries including corporate sectors, academia, and government. Focused on improving animal health care, the organization works toward enhancing existing medical practices and provides resources for professional growth.

Hosting symposiums throughout the year, the AVMA offers a platform to learn about industry topics and shape future practices. Among the events scheduled in 2014 is the Animal Welfare Symposium, which will address euthanasia, depopulation, and humane slaughter procedures. Currently, the AVMA is accepting abstract submissions in fields of research and regulation. The four-day symposium is scheduled for November 2-5 at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. Members interested in attending may begin registering mid-August at

Small Animal Veterinarian Specialists

Dr. Brian Daubs graduated from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Saint Paul with a doctor of veterinary medicine. Brian Daubs, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, works in the small animal specialty.

There are numerous specialty fields students can pursue within the realm of veterinary medicine. Small animal veterinarians are among the most popular specialists within the industry, as they are explicitly trained in the treatment of animals which are commonly kept as pets, such as cats, dogs, exotic birds, and other companion animals. Some of the regular activities a small animal specialist engages in include fracture repair, heart surgery, abdominal surgery and dealing with surgical options for cancer.

Small animal vets may also interact with breeders. In these situations vets monitor an animal’s reproductive system and perform initial examinations of newborn puppies. Veterinarians can also be faced with the unfortunate task of putting a companion animal to sleep. In such an event, veterinarians are expected to demonstrate compassion for the family as well as medical proficiency throughout the procedure.

Introduction to Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy

Veterinary surgeon Brian Daubs currently serves as the chief of surgery at the Animal Specialty & Emergency Hospital in Rockledge, Florida. In this position, he focuses on performing minimally invasive pet surgeries. Among other procedures, Brian Daubs frequently performs tibial plateau leveling osteotomies.

In simple language, a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) addresses rear-leg lameness from knee problems in dogs. The lameness arises from the dysfunction of a ligament in the stifle (or knee) joint known as the cranial cruciate ligament. Because of the severely angled bone structure of a dog’s rear leg, problems with this ligament in the knee joint occur frequently, either from a torn ligament or because the excessive strain and inflammation has begun to lead to osteoarthritis.

Veterinarians traditionally replaced the ligament with a synthetic material or with connective tissue transplanted from elsewhere in the same animal. However, the replacement was still subject to the same pathology. Consequently, Dr. Barclay Slocum invented the TPLO more than two decades ago as an alternative approach, which eliminates the problem with the ligament.

The TPLO procedure involves changing the angle of the femur and tibia bones where they meet at the knee joint (the tibial plateau). This removes the strain from the joint and thereby from the ligament as well. The resulting knee joint has an angle much more similar to a human knee and can better sustain pressures placed upon it.