behavioural counselling

Your pet’s behaviour affects every interaction you have with him or her on a daily basis. Behaviour dictates everything from mealtime, to exercise time, to downtime such as relaxing on the couch with other family members. When a pet has a behaviour problem, the consequences are far-reaching. Behaviour problems threaten the bond you have with your pet by damaging the loving relationship that should exist between you. In extreme situations, a serious behaviour problem can lead to euthanasia or surrendering a pet to a shelter.

Pets can have a wide variety of behavioural issues, from simple house training problems to severe anxiety and aggression issues. We are qualified and experienced in diagnosing and addressing behaviour problems with an approach that combines skills from veterinary clinical medicine, behavioural medicine, and pet training. Our goals are to help pets and their owners live together comfortably and safely, and to help restore the bond between pets and their families.

Dealing with behaviour problems can be frustrating for pet owners. Some pet owners may even blame themselves because their pet seems to have an emotional issue. Although behaviour problems can result from emotional trauma or physical mistreatment, in many cases the problem can arise from simple misunderstandings or learned associations that were inadvertently established during training. In addition, several medical conditions can manifest in ways that mimic behaviour problems. Scheduling an evaluation with a professional skilled in diagnosing and managing behavioural issues in pets is the first step on the road to resolving the problem.

Before you and your pet suffer through one more day of inappropriate behaviour, call us. Let’s talk about how we can help.

Excellent Behaviour Resource Websites:

The Indoor Pet Initiative

Puppy and Dog Training Videos

Pet Behaviour Handouts

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