Behavioural Counselling for Pets
Behavioural counselling is a corrective practice used to guide pets and their owners into a habitable relationship. Sometimes pets exhibit aggressive or disruptive behaviour that makes it difficult, and even dangerous, for them to be around other animals or people. Our veterinarians can provide resources and techniques that will teach your pet how to behave well. To learn more about our consultations, call us at 905.597.7373.
What is considered bad behaviour in pets?
Our behavioural consultations don’t just treat “bad” behaviour. We help your pet get comfortable expressing themselves in a healthier way. Some of your pet’s disruptive actions are simply signs of anxiety. A common condition in pets is separation anxiety. When you’re away from home they may destroy furniture or urinate indoors. They may even excessively bark, chew and lick themselves, which can cause hot spots on their body. Pets, like cats, may even be extremely territorial and will spray the inside of your home. Aggression isn’t the only behaviour that concerns us. Once we understand the reason for their behaviour, we can find a technique to restrict their actions.
What happens during the consultation?
These sessions are an opportunity for owners to share their concerns about their pet’s behaviour. We will ask questions about their history, like their former owners and where they were adopted. Sometimes, pets display behaviour associated with trauma from their previous homes. This could be an indication they’ve developed anxiety and need support. We will provide advice regarding the correction of these problems and teach you how to make your home a safe space. After each session, you will have at home exercises to practice with your pet.
How often should I bring my pet in for consultations?
The frequency of your pet’s appointments will vary depending on the kind of behaviour we’re trying to correct and how fast they improve. Our veterinarians will discuss this with you and let you know if they would like to have more appointments. It can take 1 or 2 sessions or it could be an ongoing process. The most important factors are that your pet feels supported and their changed behaviour is permanent.