Behavioral Counseling

Behavioral Counseling for Pets

We love our pets, in spite of behavior problems. But wouldn’t it be wonderful to love your pet’s behavior, too? Pet experts at Capital Home Veterinary Care can help you do just that.

Behavior Correction with Reward-Based Training

Our pets are intelligent creatures, and they deserve to be treated as such. We focus our behavior correction on positive reinforcement. An essential component of your pet’s overall behavior depends on the bond you develop. Reward-based training, focused on celebrating good behavior, strengthens the bond you have with your pet and his or her trust in you. This type of training also helps your pet better understand your expectations.

Common Behavior Problems

  • Aggression and/or Biting
  • Anxiety and Fear
  • Destructive Habits
  • Excessive Vocalization
  • Jumping
  • Pulling Leash
  • Soiling the House

Unwanted Behaviors Can Signify Other Problems

We can help you resolve most minor behavioral issues using positive reinforcement with reward-based training. Sometimes, however, behavior frustrations can be a sign of an underlying health problem. If your normally well-mannered pet suddenly barks or yowls incessantly, has trouble making it to the litter box on time, or can’t wait for their morning walk routine before relieving themselves in the house, this could be a sign of a more serious medical problem, such as an infection or other condition.

If you come to us with sudden behavioral problems, like these, our veterinarian will perform a complete physical evaluation of your pet and might also order diagnostic lab tests to be done to rule out a medical problem before we start addressing a behavioral problem that’s actually a symptom.

Behavioral Counseling On-Call

Our pet’s bad habits are not only be frustrating, but they can also keep you from bonding the way you want and can also be a sign of a more serious underlying medical condition. If your pet exhibits undesirable behaviors, we welcome you to schedule a behavior counseling house call with a veterinarian from Capital Home Veterinary Care. We can help you rule out underlying medical problems and adjust your pet’s behaviors with positive reinforcement from the comfort of your home. To get your pet on the right track by teaching your cat or dog how to behave as part of a family, contact us today.

Behavioral Counseling | Richmond, VA | Capital Home Veterinary Care
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