Behavioral Counseling

If we were to ask you what it is you love about your pet, you could probably list a hundred little things that touch your heart and make you smile – from those adorable head tilts to the overwhelming joy he or she shows when you walk through the door, to the way he or she melts away the stress of the day with a wet, slobbery kiss or deep, throaty purr.

But, what about that one negative behavior – that one nagging problem that is driving a wedge between you and your animal friend and making it difficult to embrace them as a part of the family?

Believe it or not, unwanted pet behavior is something that almost all pet parents experience at some point. If you’re struggling with a behavior issue, you’re certainly not alone. More importantly, we can help! The team at Lansdowne Animal Hospital is experienced in all aspects of companion animal behavior. We can get to the bottom of why your pet is acting out and work with you to help overcome that bad habit once and for all.

The key to managing pet behavior is understanding its root cause. Oftentimes, the behavior you’re experiencing is merely a smaller symptom of a much larger problem. For instance, a pet that barks incessantly or eliminates in the house whenever he or she is left alone may actually be suffering from separation anxiety. Only when we uncover the true problem can we develop a solution that will get results.

It’s also important that we rule out any potential medical causes for your pet’s behavior. Many illnesses have symptoms that can be easily mistaken for behavior problems. For example, a pet that suddenly begins urinating inside the home, or outside the litter box may not be acting out, but actually suffering from an infection or other ailment. We must make sure that your pet is completely healthy before we address the issue as bad behavior.

Some of the behavior issues we can provide assistance with include:

  • Aggression
  • Biting
  • Chewing/Digging/Destructive Behavior
  • Pulling on the leash
  • Excessive Barking
  • Jumping
  • House Training Problems
  • Fear/Anxiety

Through patience, perseverance and lots of love and positive attention, we’re confident that you’ll have that nasty habit under control in no time. If you’re struggling with unwanted pet behavior, don’t wait another moment. Give us a call right now and let us restore peace and balance back into your home once again.

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