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Behavioral Counseling

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Is undesirable behavior driving a wedge between you and your pet?

Whether it’s something as simple as a house training issue or a more serious concern, like aggression, unwanted pet behavior can be stressful for everyone. The experienced team at Harris Animal Hospital can help restore peace and balance back into your home.

Understanding the Problem

The secret to overcoming behavior issues in companion animals is identifying the problem. First, we must exclude any potential medical causes. Many ailments have symptoms that can be confused as bad behavior. For instance, a cat that urinates outside the litter box may not be acting out, but actually be experiencing a health issue.

Once we’ve ruled out any medical concerns, the next step is pinpointing the precise behavior we’re dealing with. This is critical because in many instances, a bigger problem may manifest itself in smaller ways. For example, destructive behavior when left alone may actually be a symptom of separation anxiety. We’ll work with you to determine exactly what the situation is so we can address it most effectively.

Some of the common pet 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 an appropriate diagnosis in hand, the final step is developing a strategy for overcoming the behavior problem once and for all. There are a variety 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 develop a customized plan that gets results.

Don’t let unwanted behavior prevent you from bonding with your pet. Give us a call and let us help you enjoy the loving, peaceful relationship you both deserve.