Behavioral Counseling

Does your pet act out in ways that drive you crazy? Maybe it’s a simple house training issue, or perhaps it’s something more serious, like aggression or anxiety. Whatever you may be dealing with, you’re most certainly not alone. In fact, unwanted behavior is one of the most common complaints of pet parents everywhere. The good news is you don’t have to go through this challenging time alone. The team at Wildwood Animal Hospital is prepared to work with you and your companion to identify the real problem at hand, and to arm you with everything you need to get that problem under control once and for all.

Evaluation

The first step in any behavioral analysis is always a physical exam. This allows us to rule out any potential medical causes for the unwanted behaviors your pet is exhibiting. This is an important step, because many illnesses have symptoms that can mimic behavior problems. We want to make sure – before we go any further – that your pet is in tip top shape health-wise.

Once your pet has received a clean bill of health, the next step is identifying the root cause of your pet’s behavior issues. In many cases, bigger problems can manifest themselves through a number of seemingly unrelated smaller issues. For instance, a pet that becomes destructive or eliminates in the house whenever he or she is left alone may actually be dealing with a more serious problem, like separation anxiety. Only when we understand the real problem can we effectively address it and get the results we’re after.

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

  • Excessive Barking
  • House Training
  • Jumping
  • Chewing
  • Biting
  • Aggression
  • Fear/Anxiety

Treatment

After we’ve uncovered the real problem at hand, we will work with you to teach you techniques that you can apply to combat those bad habits and get them under control. Through a combination of proven behavior modification and positive reinforcement strategies, we are confident that we can provide you with the education and support necessary to manage the situation effectively. For those instances in which the guidance of a specialist is warranted, we are happy to help with the arrangements.

You and your pet deserve a relationship from which you can both benefit. Let’s work together to restore peace and balance back into your home.

 

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