Behavioral Counseling

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Embarrassed by your pet’s behavior?  

Every year, countless pets are given up due to ‘bad’ behavior that destroys the bond they have with their owners. The staff of Barker Animal Hospital is able to provide you with sound, safe advice for many common problem behaviors.

Starting off on the right foot with your pet is the best way to avoid future behavioral issues. We provide all new pet owners with appropriate information and guidelines for such important things as proper socialization, obedience and potty training.

Most behavior problems we see stem from misunderstanding and misinterpretation of an animal’s behavior. Always be sure to speak to a veterinary professional regarding a problem behavior as misinformation abounds. It is easy for a well meaning owner to inadvertently aggravate a pets behavior problem by attempting to apply techniques incorrectly.

Likewise, there are many cases in which what’s seen as bad behavior is actually being caused by an underlying medical issue. For instance, a cat that is urinating outside the litterbox may be doing so due to an illness. This is why it’s so important to consult with a veterinary professional before taking any action.

In extremely difficult cases, we are happy to provide referral to reputable, board certified animal behaviorists for further consultation.

Don’t give up without speaking to us today about how we can work together to improve life with your pet!



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