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!

 

    • Lisa JonesLisa Jones

      The only place I take my babies!

    • Rachel Sell ThomasRachel Sell Thomas

      We usually go to the New Albany office and see Dr Hunt or Dr Childers but our new puppy had gotten really sick during the Christmas holiday and Dr Thompson was the vet on call, if it wasn’t for him, his son Josh and caring staff, our sweet Henleigh wouldn’t be with us. Dr. Thompson never gave up on her and did everything he could to get her well. Everyone at both Willow Bend and New Albany Animal Clinic are wonderful and care for our fur babies as if they were their own.

    • Juanice BurtonJuanice Burton

      They have awesome Doctors and staff!!! I have been using Willow Bend Animal Clinic since 1979. Couldn’t ask for a Caring group of people!!!

    • Allen LewisAllen Lewis

      I have used these people for a long, long time. I like them, and they are Good Vets also.

    • Casey L ThompsonCasey L Thompson

      Thank you for the card we received after mentioning the passing of our yorkie to a staff member. You took great care of her.

    • Judy Cothern AllenJudy Cothern Allen

      They are very thorough and they care about their patients and parents🥰. I love them for that. Even the receptionists

    • Lauren JohnseyLauren Johnsey

      Dr. Thompson and Dr. Hunt are both incredible!! The entire staff is so wonderful. I wouldn't trust anybody else with my fur baby's life. My little puppy almost died of an immune disorder, and they saved his life. We are so grateful!! We love Willow Bend ��