Behavioural Counselling

Addressing your dog or cat’s behavioural issues could uncover an underlying health issue.

It’s impossible to expect your dog or cat to always be on their best behaviour. It’s normal for them to have the occasional day where they’re acting a bit out of character. However, you could need additional support with their behaviour if it becomes a hindrance to daily life or jeopardizes the safety of your dog or cat and those around them.

What is the most common behavioural issue? 

Aggression is one of the most common behavioural issues we notice in dogs and cats. Just like with humans, there is typically a root cause for changes in behaviour. Aggression could be linked to a change in environment (like a move), separation anxiety, fear or the desire to protect their owner. In some cases, aggression could even be connected to underlying health issues like hormonal imbalances, dental disease or arthritis. Before we can determine the best ways to address your behavioural issues, we perform a physical exam and diagnostic testing to rule out any health issues. To learn more about behavioural counselling, please contact us at 613-247-0013.

How do I address unwanted behaviours? 

Some dogs or cats could need behavioural modification or counselling to not only unlearn bad habits or mannerisms but also identify triggers. For example, your dog’s behaviour could be their way of dealing with separation anxiety. We’ll support you with strategies to get them used to leaving for longer periods. It’s important to stay consistent with any recommendations we offer to notice changes in their behaviour. 

How can I encourage good behaviour? 

Providing positive reinforcement for the types of behaviours you’d like your dog or cat to show encourages them. Ways to encourage good behaviour include: 

  • Using exercise or play as a reward
  • Giving positive affirmations or praise 
  • Petting 
  • Giving treats
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