Behavioral Counseling

If you’re looking for a behavioral counseling veterinarian in Fairfax, you’re sure to love what we have to offer at Little River Veterinary Clinic. We understand that every pet may require a little time to adjust to new environments, new rules, new humans, and quite possibly new animals. It can be tough for your pet to sort out its place in the pack at first. Sometimes, pets need a little help in understanding what is expected of them and how to behave appropriately. When this is the case, you need the assistance of an experienced behavioral counseling veterinarian in Fairfax.


What Types of Behavior Can Behavioral Counseling Address?

Some behaviors are breed traits. There is very little you can do to stop a terrier from digging. But you can learn to manage the digging by limiting it to certain areas of your yard or learn how to distract them from digging (a challenge, but it can be done). There are some behaviors, however, that can be addressed with behavioral counseling and consistent effort on the part of owners.

These behaviors include things like:

  • Excessive barking
  • Housetraining issues
  • Biting
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety (including separation anxiety when owners leave them home alone)
  • Chewing furniture
  • Destructive scratching (humans, carpets, doors, walls, etc.)

Unfortunately, many of these types of behaviors manifest just as you’re bringing a new pet into the home due to environmental changes that leave pets feeling uncertain, afraid, and lonely when you’re gone. Other things that can cause sudden behavior problems with your pet include:

  • Changes in the family dynamic (new human or pet addition or the loss of a human or pet family member)
  • Changes in food
  • Health changes in the pet, which is why it’s important to talk to your veterinarian when major behavioral changes occur)
  • A new baby
  • Moving to a new home
  • Lifestyle changes for the pet (getting more or less activity in their day, for instance)
  • Someone new taking over caretaking duties

Even something as simple as changing feeding times can bring about negative behavioral changes that need to be addressed. Behavioral counseling helps strengthen your bond with your pet by teaching you how to manage your pet’s behavior issues in a manner that is constructive for you both.

Come in for a Behavior Counseling Session Today

At Little River Veterinary Clinic, we want to be your full-service veterinarian in Fairfax and help you with all your pet behavioral counseling needs. Contact us today at (7303) 273-5110 or request an appointment online to learn more about the services we offer and how we can help you and your pet connect better to resolve troubling behavioral issues through behavior counseling.

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