The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment. Animal behavior problems can negatively impact this critical human-animal relationship, leading to abandonment, re-homing, relinquishment to an animal shelter, and sometimes premature euthanasia of the animal. Therefore, identifying, preventing, and treating behavior problems is important in maintaining the human-animal bond.
Here at the Animal Care Center we strive to help you maintain a good relationship with your pet. Some of the common behavioral questions and problems that our clients ask about are excessive barking, jumping up on people, thunderstorm/loud noise phobias and separation anxiety, and aggression issues. Many of these problems can be corrected through obedience training and behavioral modification techniques. Some may require medications and dietary supplements along with changing how we interact with our pet. The important thing to understand that all behavioral problems will require a great deal of work, commitment and patience on your part as a pet owner and our part in helping you find solutions for helping your pet be a happy member of your household.
Please take a look at our Behavioral Problem Menu Tab to find some helpful information about specific behavioral issues that we commonly see in our practice. If you have specific needs that you are battling with your pet that is not found on our website, we invite you to make an behavioral consult appointment with Dr. Gray.