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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    • Mel HubbardMel Hubbard

      Let me start off by saying we have been going to Paw Prints since we moved here in 2013 and our dog Nickel has been seeing Dr. Eddie Crittendon.

      Nickel has gotten up there in age and has had more and more health related issues. Dr. Eddie Crittendon was always compassionate and even warned us last year to prepare ourselves for when the time comes because eventually the medication was going to stop working.

      Dr. Eddie Crittendon and his assistant where kind and empathetic to us having made the hard decision that no dog parent wants to have to make. They both treated Nickel with love and dignity. They never once made me feel bad for crying which is something I don’t ever do in front of anyone. He also took the extra step of making her comfortable and talking to her like she was his own dog.

      Thank you for being who you are Dr. Eddie Crittendon you truly love animals and it shows.

      We do have another dog and he will continue to go see Dr. Eddie Crittendon and his assistant!

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    • Karen M BicknellKaren M Bicknell

      We’ve taken our dogs here for the last 12 years. They have always been great with them.

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    • Thomas C.Thomas C.

      I just changed to them and was really happy with everyone but most important my girl Stella was happy too.Dr. Eddie Crittendon was very impressive they way... Read More

    • Susan DeanSusan Dean

      Friendly staff today Petey loved his tech

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    • Chelsey RossChelsey Ross

      Dr. Hunt cared greatly for my sweet Rosie when she first got sick, unfortunately my sweet girl had to be euthanized due to her condition and Dr. Cousins was the one to do so. He was so patient with us and allowed me to say my goodbyes and hold her until the very end. ❤️ I also take my boy Enzo there and they are great with him too!

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