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!

 

    • Jennifer BennettJennifer Bennett

      Found this place from a friend. Took my goat kids here and it was a great experience. Everyone has been nice and knowledgeable. The clinic is clean as a pin and beautiful. We are using them from now on.

    • Malena Harris GrayMalena Harris Gray

      As most of my family knows I had to make a sad decision on December 23, 2017 to have my sweet baby girl Meia put to sleep because we found out after she got sick all of a sudden that she had Cancer. I took her to Willow Bend Animal Clinic because that is where she had gone for the past 11 years and I wanted to say that the staff that work there is such caring kind hearted people, each and every person we came into contact with there just loved on my baby girl and put there personal lives on hold to allow me time to make such a difficult decision. They gathered in the room with Chris and I and were loving and talking to Meia during the process of putting her to sleep right along with Chris and I and it meant the world to me because from the time Chris bought Meia for me she was strictly my baby girl. Today when I came home from work I received the sweetest condolence card in the mail and it melted my heart. I want Dr. Childers to know what such caring employees he has at his office. Thank you for caring for my Meia and for treating her like she was a princess. I will never forget your kindness.

    • Mike FlyMike Fly

      Much improvement at the front desk. Several vets to choose from & our pups are happy.

    • Rebecca Mathis RodgersRebecca Mathis Rodgers

      My little beagle Zoe had her spay surgery here and of course I was so nervous about how it would go and how her recovery would be. When we picked her up she acted like we had taken her on a vacation for a spa treatment or something! She had the best care while she was with them & she had zero pain afterwards which I think was due to how gentle and awesome they were with her when she was in surgery. She healed perfectly. We are so thankful!!!

    • Mallie FloateMallie Floate

      Dr. Thompson fixed Tinker Bell’s tongue that was cut.

    • Marsha JonesMarsha Jones

      Been bringIng my 4 legged babies here for years and have loved everyone we’ve ever seen. Today we saw Dr. Dunaway for the first time. Him and his sweet assistant ( didn’t get her name 😞 ) was so patient with Ryder. See Ryder gets way too excited and nervous, even after taking a few chill pills. They got on the floor with him and did everything they had to right there and todays visit was by far the least stressful we have ever had. He is home now and finally feeling the effects of his chill pills. 😝

    • 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