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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      Paw Prints is amazing. I know they truly care about my fur babies. Before coming to Paw Prints, my husband and I took our animals to another vet who would make you feel like you were a terrible person for your pet to be sick or in pain. The final straw was when my youngest cat became very ill and required hospitalization and a blood transfusion. During one of his followups, the vet didn't even come in the room to see if I had questions or concerns. Rather, the tech had to keep running back and forth to get the answers for my questions. This has never happened at Paw Prints. They have reassured me that there are some things that some animals are predisposed to and have offered some suggestions to help with any issues. When blood work had to be done on my older cat, the doctor personally called with the results. Paw Prints is a great place to take your fur babies.

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