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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    • Tammy ArrowoodTammy Arrowood

      Their caring and loving staff. They comforted me and my 15 year old chihuahua Cinnamon on her trip to her HEAVENLY home. I couldn't have asked for a better CELEBRATION of her LIFE. Ty Dr Pate and Dr Cousins and Staff. Dr Pate and Diana Tech .. ty for being there on Saturday 9-7-2019 and getting us through this transition ❤️Nurse Tammy and Cinnamon Cox

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    • Crystal GibsonCrystal Gibson

      Words cannot express my gratitude to you all at Paw Prints. Dr. Cousins and his assistant whom I apologize I cannot remember her name but were great with Gidget and myself. Thank you for everything ❤️

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    • Cayce Sims McManisCayce Sims McManis

      We just moved here from Tennessee and I was very anxious about finding a new vet for our cat. When he suddenly got sick, we had to act fast. I am so glad that we came to Paw Prints! Dr. Cousins was so patient and understanding. We feel a great sense of relief knowing that our fur baby will be well taken care of.

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    • Jean OwensJean Owens

      We have been clients of Pawprints since Dr Crittendon opened. Absolutely love them. Just want to give them praise for last Friday’s appt with all this Covid 19. One of our dogs had an appointment for her check up. I was a little concerned about taking her and being in a waiting room. When I arrived, there was a sign on the door. You could check in from your car, wait In your car, and they would come get you when ready for your appointment. It worked so well. They did an awesome job. And I got to see a doctor I had never seen before. Dr Hunt was amazing and so good with our Charlee Grace. She made our rescue feel so much more calm than Charlee usually is at the vet. Thank you Pawprints.

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      Friendly staff today Petey loved his tech

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      I cannot emphasize enough how excellent this veterinary clinic is! I bring both of my dogs here and have for years, and the staff and doctors are incredibly... Read More

    • 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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