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!

 

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    • Jeanine Crump KahrsJeanine Crump Kahrs

      http://Facebook.com/Marshallcountyhumanesocietyhollyspringsms counts on Willow Bend Animal Cinic for their help on the animals that come into our shelter. Many have complicated medical issues and they are always there to help us with their treatment. We appreciate them!

    • Mallie FloateMallie Floate

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

    • 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.

    • Jessi NovayJessi Novay

      Dr. Hunt and Dr. Dunaway have always been so awesome. Front desk girls are also very welcoming. When strays find you on the regular, a good vet is a must!

    • Melissa Tidwell CrockettMelissa Tidwell Crockett

      My 2 big babies were neutered last week and Willow Bend did a phenomenal job! They recovered so nicely and quickly. While they were there, the vet noticed they had an ear infection and treated it right there on the spot. I appreciate the professionalism and love they put into their job. We will be back for all of our future needs! ❤️ 🐾

    • Lisa GunnLisa Gunn

      U can usually get some one on the weekend .an lets face it.most of the time u need a vet its on the wknd

    • Valerie Dale FawellValerie Dale Fawell

      I want to thank Dr.Hunt for coming out after hours to save my Chunky Butt.and also Dr.Mike,and Stephanie yall were wonderful. Thanks to the entire STAFF.