Behavioral Counseling

 

Is unwanted behavior driving a wedge between you and your animal companion?

Pets act out in a number of ways, and many of their behaviors can be quite unpleasant. Whether it’s a simple house training issue or something more serious, like aggression, bad behavior can be stressful for everyone. In fact, it’s the number one reason why people relinquish their pets to shelters. At Willow Bend Animal Clinic, we want to step in before it gets to that point. Our team is experienced in companion animal behavior and can provide the guidance you need to restore peace and balance back into your home.

 

Understanding the Problem

The key to overcoming behavior issues in animals is identifying the precise problem. First, we must examine your pet to rule out any potential medical causes. Many ailments have symptoms that can be easily mistaken for bad behavior. For instance, a cat that urinates outside the litter box may not be acting out, but actually be experiencing a health issue. We must eliminate this possibility before moving forward.

Once your companion has been given a clean bill of health, the next step is pinpointing the true behavior we’re dealing with. This is critical because in many cases, a bigger problem may manifest itself in several smaller ways. For example, destructive behavior when left alone may actually be a symptom of separation anxiety. We will work with you and your pet to determine precisely what the situation is so we can address it most effectively.

Some of the behavior problems we can provide assistance with include:

  • House training
  • Excessive barking
  • Jumping
  • Digging
  • Biting
  • Destructive behavior
  • Aggression
  • Fear/anxiety

 

A Plan That Gets Results

With a correct diagnosis in hand, the next step is developing a strategy for overcoming the behavior problem once and for all. There are a number of different ways we can approach a behavior issue. Whether it’s positive reinforcement, rewards, training or something else, we’ll work with you to create a customized plan that gets results.

Don’t let unwanted behavior stand in the way of bonding with your animal friend. We can help you enjoy the loving, peaceful relationship you both deserve. Call the pros at Willow Bend Animal Clinic today to get started!

 

    • Deb BotruffDeb Botruff

      Wonderful people, they are truly caring and do an excellent job with all my critters!! They go that extra mile for me and my four legged critters, horses, dogs, goats and the cattle!! And......and this is a HUGE bonus, whenever I have been in a true emergency situation, after hours, a phone call is all it takes unlike some clinics/vets out there. Willow Bend Vets answer their phones day or night!! Keep up the great work!!

    • Linda Welch BingLinda Welch Bing

      We drive from Memphis to Holly Springs because of the love and care my fur babies get here!!!
      My sweet cat " bunny" is your care right now! Thank y'all for the level of care they always get!

    • Justin EcholsJustin Echols

      These Doctors went above and beyond to help me with my animals in time of need. This is absolutely the BEST vet I have ever been to. All of their doctors are amazing. Between both clinics you have access to great doctors for your animals. This is the ONLY Vet I recommend to anyone!

    • Janet Lence ChessorJanet Lence Chessor

      Dr. Thompson was there for us on that fateful Saturday night when we lost our little fur child Frankie. We couldn't have asked for a more kind and caring doctor. I just want to say thank you for going above and beyond for us! It really means a lot!

    • April Price ValentineApril Price Valentine

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    • Peggy Kimery MitchellPeggy Kimery Mitchell

      I live in Holly Springs, and have always appreciated the excellent care that my furbabies received at Willow Bend. I wish David Childers a happy semi-retirement and Dr. Thompson continued success!

    • Levanda GoodmanLevanda Goodman

      Very compassionate and caring. Pet care is treated with the same respect as patient care. Even when the unfortunate happens, I have been 100% satisfied with the love and compassion expressed.