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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    • 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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    • Nikki EdmondsNikki Edmonds

      I have been going to Paw Prints for several years now. I recently had to bring my kitty in in an emergency due to flea treatment poisoning. I was panicking for my kitty and they were friendly and calming through the whole experience.They were super nice and helpful! Paw Prints has super affordable pricing.They even called the next day to check on her and make sure she was doing better! I highly recommend them!

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    • Andrea MWAndrea MW

      My husband and I took our first puppy (Pumpkin) to Dr. Cousins at Paw Prints Animal Hospital back in 2006 for her first shots & checkup; and now Pumpkin is nearly 12 and still doing great! We love the Paw Prints Animal Hospital veterinarians, over the years we have seen and talked with them all! And even though we have now moved away from Easley to another city, we will still take our pets to Paw Prints 🐾 they are just that good!

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    • Brittany HillBrittany Hill

      My dog of 9 years was having very serious problems. I called my usual vet and they could not "fit him in". I called Paw prints around 745 last Wednesday morning, told them what was going on and the receptionist asked that I be there at 830. I took my baby in and it turned out that he was having major complications and the best option for him was not him coming home with me. Dr. Cousins and the nurse that seen my baby were absolutely wonderful. They hugged me, held my hand, even almost cried with me. Even the staff at the desk were so very sweet and gave me their condolences. Although my first visit here wasn't under best circumstances, I am so very thankful that this is where I took my baby. They have since then sent a card thanking me for allowing them to care for my baby and another card with the sweetest message and told me I made the right decision. I will be eternally grateful for their love compassion and care they showed for my baby. Highly thinking about switching and making this my new vets office!

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    • Stephanie LutherStephanie Luther

      They were so wonderful with my dog Max. We were new patients and they helped us quickly and were very honest and caring. I would definitely recommend to other pet parents.

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    • Rhonda GarciaRhonda Garcia

      They are the best. They took good care of my pom after being hit by a car. The staff and dr were so good at calming me down and letting me know that my baby was going to be ok.

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    • LeeAnn StricklandLeeAnn Strickland

      I love the doctors here, especially Dr. Cousins. They have taken wonderful care of all 4 of our dogs and we're so precious when we had to put our oldest down.

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