Behavioral reasons are often cited as being one of the main reasons that owners decide that their pet is no longer a suitable fit for the family home. When this happens, once loved animals are often surrendered to shelters or, in some cases, abandoned and left to fend for themselves.
Unfortunately, pets can potentially develop a range of different behavior problems ranging from aggression and destructiveness to nervousness, anxiety and inappropriate toileting. If this happens, it can have unpleasant and potentially dangerous consequences for both your pet and your family. For example, it is worrying to have an aggressive animal in the home, particularly if you have young children or other animals. Alternatively, choosing to toilet in the wrong place can be frustrating, upsetting and cause you to lose patience with your pet.
We are pleased to be able to offer our patients the benefit of our extensive experience through our comprehensive behavioral counseling service.
What is Pet Behavioral Counseling?
Pet behavioral counseling is the term given to a range of different techniques that are carried out with the intention of addressing the various behavior problems that animals can develop. These include:
- 1:1 training sessions
- Group training
- Socialization classes
In addition to the above, we will also offer you unlimited advice and support to understand the behavior that your pet is exhibiting and will help you to find the best way to resolve the issue.
Common Reasons Why Owners Seek Behavioral Counseling
There is a wide range of different reasons why an owner chooses to seek out behavioral counseling for their pet. These include the following:
Aggression. In many cases, animals become aggressive because they feel protective or possessive of people or objects in their lives. For example, a previously mistreated pet may become aggressive if anyone approaches her when she is eating if she was previously left hungry or had to fight for her food. Signs of aggressive behaviors including barking, growling, baring the teeth and biting.
Inability to get along with other animals. This is extremely common, particularly amongst pets who have been raised alone. Coming across another animal tends to incite one of two behaviors – aggression, where your pet tries to assert dominance, or anxiety because your pet doesn’t know what to expect from the other animals and is fearful of them. Helping your pet to become comfortable around other animals is essential if she is to become a well-rounded and confident pet who can deal with walkies or other creatures living in your home.
Destruction. Destructive behaviors are extremely frustrating and annoying for owners. They can also be dangerous for your pet – for example, if she chews an electric wire or injures herself on something that she has broken that has a jagged edge. In most cases, destructive behaviors, such as chewing and clawing, are a result of boredom due to a lack of mental stimulation or exercise. This often makes reversing these behaviors fairly straightforward since owners are advised to increase walks and playtime and ensure that their pet has adequate stimulation such as toys when they are left alone.
Anxiety. Anxiousness and fearfulness are fairly common amongst pets, particularly those that have been adopted from shelters and may not have had the best start in life. However, even something as simple as a change in routine, a new family member or an evening of fireworks can cause your pet to become worried. You may find your anxious pet is very vocal, whining and crying when she is particularly concerned. Other animals may lick themselves compulsively, hide and lose control of their bladder or bowels.
These represent just some of the different problems that our behavioral counseling service can help to manage. If your precious pet is exhibiting behavioral issues and you would like advice and support from knowledgeable and experienced professionals, please don’t hesitate to get in touch us by calling Windermere Animal Hospital in Fishers, IN today (317) 558-4060.