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Dog Behavioural Counseling

We offer an extensive consultation for certain behavioural difficulties. Time with our Registered Veterinary Technicians that have a special interest in Behaviour issues can help to uncover the individual “quirks” and personality traits of your particular pet. Some pets develop unwanted or troublesome behaviours, such as house soiling, unwanted barking, digging, spraying, stress/anxiety, dominance, or aggression.

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The goal of our assistance is to help make your pet as trustworthy as possible. Although these conditions may be behavioural, we may first have to rule out any potential underlying medical problems. A physical examination, diagnostic testing such as blood work, urinalysis, and discussion can help identify the cause of the problem as well as possible solutions. We may also suggest referral to a specialist when necessary.

We can help get you started on a good foundation early in your pet’s life. Our puppy and kitten first visit examinations include a 30-minute consultation to address issues.

How can behavioural counseling help my dog’s behaviour?

Counselling can help your dog’s behaviour because if your dog is anxious or scared, training can help alleviate, and in some cases, eliminate these fears and therefore allows your pet to live a happy and emotionally healthy life. Just like humans, it is just as important with dogs. Having behavioural issues dealt with can help strengthen the bond between you and your pet, creating more trust between the two of you. Counselling helps to solve any issues or concerns you might have.

What happens at the initial dog counseling meeting?

If you are having a behavioural issue with your dog, we encourage you to email us (or call) to discuss what the next step would be. Once we have all the particulars of your specific concerns, we can then book a consultation with our Behaviour Technician. She will be able to map out a training plan for what will suit you and your pet while also providing the best results. Follow up meetings will be scheduled as your training progresses so that we can address any concerns that you may have.

Will my pet insurance policy cover the cost of dog behaviour counseling?

Many insurance policies offer coverage for training costs. Please check with your insurance company to see what your plan includes.

What can I expect after the consultation?

Follow-up calls and to ensure things are going well. We will also book progress check appointments as needed to track your pet’s progress.

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