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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    • Cayce Sims McManisCayce Sims McManis

      We just moved here from Tennessee and I was very anxious about finding a new vet for our cat. When he suddenly got sick, we had to act fast. I am so glad that we came to Paw Prints! Dr. Cousins was so patient and understanding. We feel a great sense of relief knowing that our fur baby will be well taken care of.

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    • Gail CraigGail Craig

      I do recommend the vets there. Some of the staff I was not really happy with when they would not muzzle my dog to clip his nails. Then he had to have a couple of lumps removed and the C collar is so big on him. After I paid almost 600.00 which 20.00 of that was for the C collar they told me I could go to pets mart and get one that would fit him for 19.99....Really you couldn't have someone to run up to pets mart and get one. That upset me. So now I have to hold his food bowl up to him to get him to eat because the C collar is so big he can't get to his bowl.

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    • Adele WhitmoreAdele Whitmore

      I have been using Dr. Critten, for 15 years or more as my vet since he started his practice. He and Dr Cousin I would highly recommend. Very good vets.

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    • Barbara Ferguson BrackenBarbara Ferguson Bracken

      They treat all of my animals as if they were their own. Great compassion and concern while always striving to give the very best care possible. Love them!

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    • Kara ClaytonKara Clayton

      I love this hospital. The entire staff is great, I've been coming here since before they moved to their second location. Great job for always making my rescue & personal babies happy & healthy.

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    • Angie McCrary FoxxAngie McCrary Foxx

      We love Paw Prints! From the receptionist, vet techs and all the Vets...they are all so caring!! We appreciate all they have done for us over the years with our pets with the most recent being our outdoor cat, Houdini!! He went missing for 2 weeks back in April and came home with a terrible bite/infection to his back foot. Their quick response and dedication at the end of the day saved his foot. He is on his way to recovery and we are blessed for their knowledge and care for all animals!! THANK YOU ALL FOR ALL YOU DO!!!

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    • Jennifer EvansJennifer Evans

      Dr Charlie and his staff treated my dog as if it were their own. Highly impressed!

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