Behavioral Counseling For Dogs

Dogs are wonderful pets, but they aren’t perfect. In fact, Man’s Best Friend does have some bad habits. If your canine buddy is disobedient, it may be worth your while to seek professional help, and get Fido behavioral counseling. A London, ON vet discusses behavioral counseling for dogs in this article.

What Is Behavioral Counseling?

In a nutshell, behavioral counseling is basically therapy for dogs. Training styles vary from trainer to trainer and from case to case, so the exact methods used in behavioral counseling will depend on both the dog and the issue at hand. For example, the trainer won’t follow the same steps for a dog that is showing food aggression as they would for one that is soiling inappropriately.

Does Your Dog Need Behavioral Counseling?

We definitely recommend behavioral counseling in cases where dogs are biting people and/or acting aggressive. Aggressive dogs can put other animals or people at risk, so it’s important to seek professional help for them. Behavioral counseling can also be used to correct other bad doggy behaviors, such as barking excessively, soiling inappropriately, digging, scratching, or chewing. It’s also often needed with rescue dogs, who may be anxious and/or suffering from something similar to PTSD due to previous experiences.

Benefits Of Behavioral Counseling

The main benefit of behavioral counseling is also the desired outcome: a better behaved pet! However, there are many secondary benefits as well. You may find that your relationship and bond with your canine friend grows stronger once his behavior improves. Fido may also be happier once he senses tensions easing. It’s worth noting that in many cases, behavioral counseling can help prevent dogs from being rehomed. Dogs get very attached to their owners, so rehoming can be traumatic for them. It’s always best to avoid this if possible.

Choosing a Trainer

Choosing the right trainer is very important! There are many different styles and schools of training, so you’ll want to do some research. Look for someone that is competent, reliable, and empathic. Reading reviews is one way to find potential trainers. You can also ask your vet for recommendations. When you meet the trainer, don’t be afraid to ask questions. You’ll want to know about their education, references, and experience, as well as the duration and cost of the training.

Does your dog need behavioral counseling? Contact us, your London, ON vet clinic, today!

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