The range of behavioural problems seen in our pets can be very varied. The may include minor problems such as travel sickness, pulling on the lead, chewing, barking at the postman, stealing food or toileting in inappropriate areas, to major problems such as destructiveness, spraying, constant vocalising, nervousness, food guarding, anxiety and aggression toward people or other animals. Owning an animal with a behavioural problem (even one that seems trivial to other people) can be very stressful and over time this problem can damage the bond between a pet and its owners.
Behavioural problems in pets are often not solved over night and they will take work and commitment from the owners to sort them out. It is very important that when you seek behavioural advice that you go to someone who is properly qualified to give it and not take short cuts as this may cause more problems and further damage your relationship with your pet.
If you feel that your pet has a behavioural problem, please do not hesitate to contact the practice and speak to a veterinary nurse for advice, or to bring it up with the veterinary surgeon during a consultation. Even if you think it is the smallest thing, it is worth asking about. In some cases our veterinary nurses may be able to advise you on the best course of action to help solve problems, however, more serious problems may require a referral to a qualified pet behaviourist.
It is essential that those practising as Pet Behaviour Counsellors or Behaviourists should have a degree in either Animal Behaviour or Human Psychology and that they are a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB). We recommend Pets in Practise or that you look for a pet behaviourist and behavioural advice by visiting the following links.