Behavioral Counseling

Is unwanted behavior driving a wedge between you and your animal companion?

Pets act out in a number of ways, and many of their behaviors can be quite unpleasant. Whether it’s a simple house training issue or something more serious, like aggression, bad behavior can be stressful for everyone. In fact, it’s the number one reason why people relinquish their pets to shelters. At Paw Prints Animal Hospital, we want to step in before it gets to that point. Our team is experienced in companion animal behavior and can provide the guidance you need to restore peace and balance back into your home.

 

Understanding the Problem

The key to overcoming behavior issues in animals is identifying the precise problem. First, we must examine your best friend to rule out any potential medical causes. Many ailments have symptoms that can be easily mistaken for bad behavior. For instance, a cat that urinates outside the litter box may not be acting out, but actually be experiencing a health issue. We must eliminate this possibility before moving forward.

Once your pet has been given a clean bill of health, the next step is pinpointing the true behavior we’re dealing with. This is critical because in many cases, a bigger problem may manifest itself in several smaller ways. For example, destructive behavior when left alone may actually be a symptom of separation anxiety. We will work with you and your companion to determine precisely what the situation is so we can address it most effectively.

Some of the behavior problems we can provide assistance with include:

  • House training
  • Excessive barking
  • Jumping
  • Digging
  • Biting
  • Destructive behavior
  • Aggression
  • Fear/anxiety

 

A Plan That Gets Results

With a correct diagnosis in hand, the next step is developing a strategy for overcoming the problem once and for all. There are a number of different ways we can approach a behavior issue. Whether it’s positive reinforcement, rewards, training or something else, we’ll work with you to create a customized plan that gets results.

Don’t let unwanted behavior stand in the way of bonding with your animal family member. The experienced team at Paw Prints Animal Hospital can help you enjoy the loving, peaceful relationship you both deserve. Give us a call today to get started!

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    • Melissa DeAnn ChastainMelissa DeAnn Chastain

      Paw Prints Animal Hospital is the best! Dr Cousins is amazing. And the staff is very caring. Can't say enough good things about them.

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    • Stephen SmithStephen Smith

      I found the staff to be very friendly and helpful with questions I had when I took my dog and cat there to get up to date on vaccines. The prices are also fair for the services my pets needed. Saturdays are chaotic, and they seem focused on doing the best they can to see everyone possible.

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    • Court HeathCourt Heath

      I had THE BEST experience! THEY CARE! Doberman Pinschers are a real different breed with some quirky issues occasionally. My experience started with reception with Ms. Molly who was very kind. The Vet Tech Diana was EXTREMELY seasoned with deep observational AND probing questions providing an AMAZING triage. Dr. Melissa Elledge actually cared about my dog and SPENT TIME with my sweet Zeb. PRICING WAS AMAZING! It was MUCH lower than an upset tummy visit from a chain vet office. MY DOBIE IS “THAT ONE” dog you get in a lifetime! HE WAS BLESSED WITH THE BEST AND PAW PRINTS DESERVES AND EARNS MY DEEPEST GRATITUDE!

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    • Noel LasureNoel Lasure

      The vets have always been helpful, professional, and kind... however, the staff is very hit or miss. Following a wonderfully handled bad experience where they diagnosed our dog and very humanely ended her suffering we have been in contact all week about boarding our other dog next week. Paw Prints requires a bordetella vaccine be within the last 6 months to be valid. We were told that because our dog has been seen here before that we wouldn’t need an appointment or dr visit just to receive a vaccine. Well, we brought the dog and made a visit... only to find out that we had been misinformed.

      No attempt to make right what they screwed up... it’s better to have me leave upset and go where I should have gone for vaccines anyway - the Greenville Humane Society. They are cheaper, and things like this don’t happen.

      So, I highly recommend the vets at paw prints... just be prepared to get questions concerning their processes and services answered incorrectly and them not do anything to correct their mistakes.

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    • Angie McCrary FoxxAngie McCrary Foxx

      We love Paw Prints! From the receptionist, vet techs and all the Vets...they are all so caring!! We appreciate all they have done for us over the years with our pets with the most recent being our outdoor cat, Houdini!! He went missing for 2 weeks back in April and came home with a terrible bite/infection to his back foot. Their quick response and dedication at the end of the day saved his foot. He is on his way to recovery and we are blessed for their knowledge and care for all animals!! THANK YOU ALL FOR ALL YOU DO!!!

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    • Trish LocklairTrish Locklair

      Dr Cousins has always treated our fur babies like they are #1. He takes time with us answering all questions we have.
      staff is very professional and helpful

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    • Courtney BridgesCourtney Bridges

      All 3 Vet's are GREAT!! They are very compassionate and treat my dogs like their own! They are even good with my Rat Terrier who is aggressive, they gently muzzle her, make the exam quick, and then the muzzle is right back off, the stress level is almost 0 (which is big for us). Highly Recommend!

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