Pet Behavioral Counseling in Fishers, IN

Behavioral Services at Windermere Animal Hospital 

Behavioral issues are often the most common reasons that owners decide that their pet is no longer a suitable fit for their family. When this happens, once loved pets are often surrendered to animal shelters, or in some cases, abandoned and left to fend for themselves. 

Unfortunately, pets can develop a variety of different behavior problems ranging from aggression to destruction to anxiety. If this occurs, it can cause unpleasant and potentially dangerous situations for both your pet and your family. No matter what type of behavioral issues your pet is experiencing, Windermere Animal Hospital is here to help.

Our Fishers veterinary team is proud to offer our patients the benefit of our extensive experience through our comprehensive behavioral counseling services.

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What Is Pet Behavioral Counseling?

Pet behavioral counseling is a range of different techniques that are carried out to address various behavioral problems that animals can develop. Our techniques include:

  • One-on-One Training Sessions
  • Group Training
  • Socialization Classes

In addition to the above services, we’ll also offer unlimited advice and support to understand the behavior that your pet is exhibiting and will help you find the best solution for your pet’s behavior issues. 

Commons Reasons Owners Seek Pet Behavioral Counseling

There are a wide variety of reasons why owners choose to seek out behavioral counseling services for their pets. Some of these reasons include:

Aggression

In many cases, animals become aggressive because they feel protective or possessive of people or objects in their lives. For example, if your pet was previously mistreated, they may become aggressive if anyone approaches them. Signs of aggressive behaviors include barking, growling, baring the teeth, and biting. 

Inability to Get Along With Other Animals

This is a common behavioral problem among pets who’ve been raised alone. Encountering other animals 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 other animals and is fearful of them. Helping your pet become comfortable around other animals is essential to them becoming a well-rounded and confident pet.

Destruction

Destructive pet behavior can become extremely frustrating and annoying for owners. They can also be dangerous for your pet. For example, they may chew on electrical wires or injure themselves on something they’ve broken. In most cases, destructive behaviors, such as chewing or 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 to ensure that their pet has adequate stimulation when they’re 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 they’re concerned. Other animals may lick themselves compulsively, hide and lose control of their bladder or bowels.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We’ll Always Take Great Care of Your Furry Friends

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 with us. 

Simply call our Windermere Animal Hospital in Fishers today at (317) 558-4060. You can also get in touch through our online contact form and one of our team members will get back to you shortly.

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