Pet Behavioral Counseling and Training Vancouver BC
In many cases, small behavioral issues can persist and leave pet owners feeling helpless and frustrated. Furthermore, problem behavior is the primary reason loving pets are surrendered to animal shelters without considering pet behavior training or counseling.
First and foremost – we are here to tell you that there is a better way! Many behavioral issues are a matter of miscommunication between the pet and the owner. In other cases, it can actually be a warning signal of a more serious underlying medical issue.
Remember that your pets are sharp and can feel your emotions. They are some of the most forgiving animals, always there to offer unconditional love – because you are family! At Vancouver Animal Hospital, we are committed to providing pet behavioral counseling services to local Vancouver residents experiencing behavioral problems.
Benefits of Positive Reinforcement
We are a firm believer of positive reinforcement behavioral counseling programs, as it rewards your cat’s and dog’s good behaviors. Meanwhile, it can also them to give up bad behavior without any forms of harsh punishment.
Your pets are smart and can quickly learn how to remold their behaviors to get what they want. Furthermore, by going through the exercise together, you will greatly strengthen the bond between you and your pet. Surely, it’s a win-win situation for you, your pet, and us (who get to see happy pets with happy owners)!
We stress that pet training is just as much about training the owner as it is about teaching the pet. It takes time for your pets to relearn good behaviors. It is also a pet owner’s job to commit to the training program, and to always be patient and forgiving. Never physically punish your pet – they don’t respond well to punishment, and it is unnecessary to achieve your goals.
If you are having behavioral problems with your pet, reach out to us at (604) 670-7370. Our staff are all properly trained and have vast amounts of experience. We’ll be happy to provide assistance for you and your pet to build a happier relationship through effective behavioral counseling.
Dog Training Tips and Guidelines
Meanwhile, we have created a list of 100 dog training tips that all dog owners should read and keep in mind when teaching your dog to learn a behavior.
This doesn’t only apply to problem behaviors, but also when you want to teach them tricks and have fun together!
We hope this checklist that can help our Vancouver neighborhood filled with happy pets and pet owners. Follow the link to download our Free Guide to Dog Training Ebook. You can return to our veterinary services page to find a full list of our service offerings.
Common Dog Problem Behaviors
There are many dog behavior problems that are commonly cited among pet owners. Some require simple adjustments to rectify the issue, while others need more dedicated pet training to relearn the household-friendly behaviors. Examples of problem dog behavior may include::
- Excessive barking
- Dog whining and howling
- Dog aggression
- Dog destructive chewing
- Play biting or play fighting
- Mouthing, biting and nipping in puppies
- Dog jumping on people, or onto counters and furniture
- Food guarding
- Separation anxiety
We’ll be adding more articles to build a resource of tips and advice for our local British Columbian pet owners. In the meantime, more detailed information regarding each topic can also be found on the ASPCA website.
Common Cat Problem Behaviors
Like dogs, there are many cat behavior issues that pet owners have said to be problematic and difficult to fix. We have listed some of the most common cat problem behaviors and habits below:
- Cat aggression
- Destructive scratching
- Litter box related problems
- Cat meowing and whining
- Behavior problems with senior cats
- Territorial behaviors, such as urine marking
We will be publishing more articles to build a list of tips and advice for our local Vancouver residents. In the meantime, more information for each topic can be obtained on the ASPCA website.