Behavior Counseling and Low Stress Handling

Behavior problems are the main reason that pets are surrendered to animal shelters. These problems can be very frustrating for pet owners. Pets can have a wide variety of behavioral issues. There are some medical conditions that can mimic behavior problems. We are here to help.

Our goal is to help pets and their owners live together comfortably and safely, and to help restore the bond between pets and their families. During a puppy/kitten evaluation trained Animal Doctors staff can help to advise new pet owners of potential concerns. Prevention is the key and our knowledgeable staff can evaluated fear and aggression and make early recommendations.

Although behavior problems can arise from certain emotional trauma or physical mistreatment, in many cases the problem can arise from simple misunderstandings or learned associations that were inadvertently established during training. We work closely with dog trainers to assure your pet's treatment plan involves both environmental and behavioral modification.Trainers have certifications with (KPA-CTP) Karen Pryor Academy, Clicker Training Program (VSPDT), Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer, and (CPDT-KA) Credited Pet Dog Trainer-knowledge assessed. Some pets can benefit from medications as well.

Let us help you keep your pet at home enjoying many happy and healthy years by your side! Some common issues we can help resolve include:

  • Aggressive behavior
  • House soiling
  • Anxiety
  • Hyperactivity
  • Jumping up and mouthing
  • Fear of thunderstorms

Low Stress Handling

Admit it, you worry about how your dog or cat is going to behave when you put them in the car and bring them into the veterinarian for their annual visit, let alone if they are sick, hurt or injured. The waiting room is full of anxiety at most veterinary offices. However at the Animal Doctors we strive to make your pet's visit as comfortable and stress free as possible. Our lobby is designed with new cat cubby features so cats can avoid having unfamiliar dog encounters and feline pheromone plug-ins will help put the anxious cat at ease.

Our entire staff is Low Stress Handling Certified through the Dr. Sophia Yin Dog/Cat Behaviorist Program which enables us to better engage your dog or cat comfortably while at the hospital for any and all reasons. This practice, methods and tools help to calm veterinary patients, create low-stress environments, and encourage better healthcare, and more satisfied patients, as well as happier owners and staff!

We love to see you and your pets on other occasions too. Stress-free visits, fondly referred to as “Cookie Parties,” are occurring daily for pets that need a little extra encouragement to have a good time with us. Our trained staff will initiate some safe handling skills in a nonthreatening manner to ensure a trusting bond from your pet to its veterinarian! This is a great option for puppies or recently rescued animals that are fearful of new situations or people.