Consultations for problem behaviour in dogs are offered with our in-house behaviour counsellor Carol, who holds the BVNA Certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour and the Post Graduate Diploma in Animal Behaviour Counselling from Southampton University.
All consultations are from veterinary referrals. It is normal for a dog to feel apprehensive or even anxious when visiting the surgery as they may have experienced some discomfort or pain on previous occasions. Desensitisation involves stress-free visits to the surgery allowing your dog to gradually build up tolerance and confidence to handling and examinations.
Help can be given to deal with a range of problems including:
- Separation issues (chewing, barking or toileting when left alone.)
- Aggression to other dogs
- Aggression to people
- Break down in house training in adult dogs
- Fear or anxiety-related problems
A problem that we occasionally encounter is the dog that exhibits abnormal behaviour as a result of “Vet-phobia”. If you own a dog that proves difficult to examine/treat at the surgery why not consider desensitisation.