Behavioural Counselling for Pets

Some of the behaviours that are natural to your pet may be difficult to manage, which is why many pet parents seek behaviour counselling. We have veterinarians who have acquired comprehensive knowledge in veterinary behaviour programs. It’s important to understand if your pet is behaving poorly due to external factors, mental issues or other health problems. Our veterinary behaviourist specializes in behaviour problems and can also rule out illness and create a training plan.

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What are some behaviours that indicate my pet needs counselling?

A general rule to follow when deciding if your pet needs behaviour therapy is to consider whether their actions put others or themselves in danger. If you find that you’re spending more time throughout the day correcting your pet’s behaviours, then you can benefit from having them see a veterinary behaviourist. Some behaviours to look out for are:

  1. Aggressiveness towards loved ones or other pets
  2. Loss of appetite
  3. Excessive peeing
  4. Excessive licking, pacing or hiding
  5. Destructive chewing

What’s causing my pet to have behaviour problems?

The first time you take your pet to the vet for behaviour problems, they will examine them and perform various tests to rule out sickness. Some problems can be due to health problems that you aren’t aware of. Mental ailments such as anxiety, past trauma or them being bothered can cause behaviour issues. If your pet is always left alone, has been abused from previous ownership or is having difficulty handling changes such as moving their litter box, they may begin to act out.

What kind of training does my pet need?

Our veterinary behaviourist will examine your pet and determine which form of therapy is best for them. They may suggest group classes or private sessions. A group class is beneficial if your loyal companion needs to learn basic skills and manners. During a group class your pet will learn how to socialize and be obedient. Private sessions are necessary if your pet has a specific behaviour problem. Problems like house soiling, aggression, excessive barking, chewing objects, separation anxiety, and handling issues are usually tackled during private sessions. The veterinary behaviourist will determine how many sessions your pet will need to curb their behaviours. Please call us at 613-829-0220 or 613-843-1334 to learn more.

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