Behavioural Counselling

Find out how to avoid unwanted behaviours to improve the family bond and relationship.

One of the most common concerns when a family adopts a dog or cat is behavioural issues. It can extend beyond simple chewing or jumping behaviours, as your pet may also display aggression. However, rest assured, we will work with you to identify the triggers behind your pet’s disruptive behaviours. Our experts can utilize various techniques to establish positive behaviours in your cat or dog. If you have noticed any changes in your pet's behaviour, don't hesitate to schedule a behavioural consultation with us today at 705-885-7387.

How do I know if my cat or dog needs counselling?

If your feline and/or canine's behaviour puts themselves, other pets, or humans in danger, behavioural counseling may be recommended. However, there are also smaller signs that can be observed throughout the day, guiding you towards early treatment and reducing stress for the family. These signs include stress urination, excessive barking, getting stressed during walks, being unable to play, eating desperately, excessive paw licking, and destructive behaviour towards furniture and clothes. Addressing these behaviours not only prevents harm but also helps establish a routine and improves the overall quality of life for your pet and your family.

What behaviours can benefit from behavioural counselling?

Some of the behaviours that you notice in your dog or cat may be caused by other health issues, anxiety, trauma, or pain. Here are some behaviours that can be corrected with behavioural counselling:

  1. Excessive barking
  2. Stress urination and panting
  3. Soiling the house
  4. Hiding or whining
  5. Pacing
  6. Aggression towards other animals or people
  7. Excessive licking or scratching

How does behavioural counselling work?

During this appointment, we will ask you questions to understand your cat or dog's fearfulness and aggression, and then use counter-conditioning and desensitization techniques to address these behaviours. Based on the information gathered about your family's behaviour and routine, we will discuss necessary changes and teach you how to communicate with your pet in a way that avoids triggering their disruptive behaviours. By addressing these behavioural issues and being proactive in observing smaller signs, significant improvements can be made in the well-being of your loyal companion. If our veterinarian deems it necessary, your cat or dog may also be prescribed medication. Feel free to call us to discuss your pet's situation at 705-885-7387.

Return to Dog & Cat Services