As the chemistry of the modern family has changed, our commitments to work, school, family and community have increased. We are out more and home less. As a result, our pets spend more time alone and indoors, receiving less attention and exercise than they require. This can lead in many cases to the development of negative behaviors in your pet. Incessant barking, soiling and general aggression and destruction of the home are all habits which are usually correctable, but can rupture the human-animal bond. This is one reason why our pet-wellness examinations include inquiries into your pet’s behavior, to determine if there are any developing problems. This can help eliminate the causes and find remedies as early as possible, before these behaviors become entrenched.
Regardless of the behavioral problems which your pet displays, we always stress positive-reinforcement rather than the use of punishment. Most pets will respond better to this method. If we are able to address the problem early enough, we are often able to help frustrated owners identify and eliminate negative behaviors. If there is an issue that, by its nature requires a more aggressive remediation, we have a list of experienced trainers as well as access via referral to veterinary behaviorists.