Behavioral Counseling FAQ

Pets can be great companions and a lot of fun. Sometimes, though, they can exhibit negative, unhealthy, and aggressive behaviors that can impact everyone in the home. If this is the case for you, you don’t have to let those behaviors continue. Behavioral counseling for your pet can go a long way in producing a healthier home environment. At Little River Veterinary Clinic, we have been providing residents of Fairfax, VA with pet behavioral counseling services for many years.

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What Is Behavioral Counseling for Pets?

When pets act out negatively, there is typically a root cause for it. That cause might be fear, anxiety, compulsions, or phobias. For example, if your pet is nervous around stranger, it may continuously bark when an unfamiliar person walks through your front door.

Behavioral counseling for pets is a multifaceted approach to addressing these issues. It begins with your veterinarian determining what the underlying cause is and creating a plan to treat it. Treatment may involve medication, especially if anxiety or depression are involved.

Our behavioral therapist will with your pet to replace bad habits with good ones. They help teach basic skills and manners, help socialize your pet with other pets or humans, and more. The therapist creates a customized plan according to your pet’s needs. This plan will often include ways you can train and address concerns at home.

How Do I Know Behavioral Counseling Is Right for My Pet?

Behavioral counseling can produce positive results in most pets. If your pet is exhibiting unhealthy behaviors, you should certainly consider counseling. It is important to note, however, that the success of the counseling depends on you as much as your pet. To create lasting change, consistency is a must. If there is a reason you might not be able to continue the therapy, it might be best to wait until a time when you can.

Additionally, there will likely be changes that you and your family have to make in how you train and interact with your pet. This may require more time and attention than you currently have. For example, if you have a project at work that will require all of your extra time over the next several months, you’ll likely not have time to devote to new training methods. In this case, behavioral counseling can still be beneficial. However, you’ll probably not see results as fast as you could if you had extra time in your schedule.

If you feel as though there are some obstacles in your personal life that could interfere with counseling and training, let us know. We can work with you to try to find a solution so you, your pet, and your family can receive optimal results. 

Schedule Your Behavioral Counseling Consultation in Fairfax, VA

If you feel your pet can benefit from behavioral therapy, give us a call to schedule a consultation with our Fairfax, VA veterinarian. You can also learn more about our process and how it can benefit your pet by giving us a call at(703) 273-5110.

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