Behavioural counselling is a great resource for pet parents who are having a difficult time controlling their cat or dog. The purpose of these sessions is to figure out what is triggering your loyal companion to behave poorly. Once we understand why your feline or canine is showing naughty behaviours, we will provide recommendations to curb those bad habits.
How do I determine if my cat or dog is just mischievous or if they need counselling?
It is very normal for cats and dogs to be playful and sometimes, they may even display some quirky behaviours. However, when those actions become disruptive and dangerous, they may need behavioural counselling. If the mischievous behaviours are a threat to you, other humans, animals or even to your loyal companion, it would be recommended to book an appointment with a veterinarian. If you are concerned about your cat or dog’s behaviours, give us a call at 604-273-3158.
What behaviours can benefit from counselling?
Here are some of the behaviours we tackle during counselling sessions:
- Biting, hissing and growling at people and other cats and dogs
- Hiding, pacing, or excessively licking themselves
- Destroying furniture or soiling the house
What can trigger naughty behaviours in cats and dogs?
After examining your cat or dog, learning about their environment and routine can help us determine what is causing their disruptive behaviours. It is important to have them examined in order to rule out illness. Here are some general reasons why healthy cats and dogs show dangerous or quirky behaviours:
- A change in their environment - moving to a different house or even changing the location of their litter box or feeding area could be triggering to your loyal companion.
- They are lonely. Some cats and dogs may experience separation anxiety when you leave for work. It is important to have quality interactions and playtime with them.
- They are bothered by a new animal or person. Not all felines or canines will respond well to new people, and it may take some time for them to get comfortable.