We recieve lots of requests for help with behavioural problems and are always happy to help.
What is pet behaviour?
We hope your new pet is settling in well. We're sure you've made him or her very comfortable with lots of toys, a lovely bed and plenty of attention from the whole family. But this we know isn't the end of settling in your new pet.
If your older pet develops a behavioural problem, it’s important to get your pet checked by a vet or nurse as soon as possible to rule out any form of illness or injury that could be causing it.
Many of the behavioural problems we see and hear are caused by poor socialisation and training at the puppy or kitten stage. Others can be hormonal, age related or caused by a pet being in pain.
How can we help?
After a physical examination, we will begin an investigation into what may have triggered the behavioural upset. We know that many behavioural issues can be prevented if a pet receives the right training when they are young. This doesn’t just involve toilet training or preventing a hyperactive puppy from destroying your home, but a careful education programme involving socialisation with humans and other animals, and positive training of useful habits and behaviour patterns, does wonders!
All of our practices can give you advice on training, so if an unwanted behaviour is starting to be a problem, please get in touch. We may need to book your pet in for an examination, arrange a chat with one of our nurses, or refer you for an appointment with our Vet Rosemary for a full assessment. Rosemary will spend around 2 hours with you and your pet, to get to grips with whether this is a clinical problem, or a social or environmental problem.
If there's a veterinary cause such as pain, which can be responsible for issues such as noise sensitivity, aggression or toileting problems, Rosemary can look to treat it. If it's related to early life experiences or temperament, then the consult with Rosemary will aim to understand your pet's personality and she'll then work with you to train your pet accordingly.