Emma Grigg

Grigg-portrait1Is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (Animal Behavior Society, US), and a post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.  Her primary areas of research interest are:

  • the behavior of companion animals (with particular emphasis on the relationship between domestic dogs and their human companions),
  • behavioral problems in domestic dogs and cats, and
  • long- and short-term impact of low-stress handling techniques in the veterinary clinic on patient behavior and client satisfaction.

From 2010-2014, Dr. Grigg taught companion animal behavior at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM; St. Kitts, West Indies).  While at RUSVM, she designed and implemented the behavioral wellness and enrichment program for the university’s colony of 30 teaching dogs, wrote the SOPs for behavioral wellness and daily care of these dogs, and founded the student Teaching Dog Sponsorship Program, in which students provide enrichment, exercise, etc. for these dogs.

Recent publications:

Grigg, E.K., Nibblett, B.M., Sacks, B.N., Hack, Rachel, Serpell, J.A., Hart, L. (2016) Genetic and behavioral characteristics of the St. Kitts ‘island dog’.  Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 178, 88-95. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2016.02.002  

Grigg, E.K. and Piehler, M. (2015) Influence of Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) on dogs housed in a long-term kenneling facility.  Veterinary Record Open 2015.2.  doi:10.1136/vetreco-2014-000098.

Nibblett, B., Ketzis, J.K., Grigg, E.K. (2014) Comparison of stress exhibited by cats examined in a clinic versus a home setting.  Applied Animal Behaviour Science.  Open access:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2014.10.005

Grigg, E.K., Pick, L., Nibblett, B. (2013) Litter box preference in domestic cats:  covered versus uncovered.  Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 15(4): 280-284.

Invited review:  Decoding Your Dog (2014; American College of Veterinary Behaviorists).  American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, member newsletter, Dec. 2013.