Behavioural advice for pet owners in Poole
If your pet is exhibiting new or ongoing behavioural problems, it can become unhealthy for them and have a negative effect on you and your home.
Our veterinary team can examine your pet’s health to find out if there are any underlying medical issues that might be contributing to the problem, and offer advice on how to improve your pet’s behaviour.
Get advice on common pet behavioural issues
Common behavioural problems in dogs are separation anxiety, noise phobias, aggression and toileting in the home. In cats, problems you might commonly see include over-grooming, inter-household fighting and scent marking indoors.
There is a difference between undesirable behaviours, such as constantly barking and toileting indoors, and actual behavioural disorders:
- An undesirable pet behaviour is something we as owners would rather our pets didn’t do, but in reality, it’s a normal dog or cat behaviour. Positive reinforcement training might be all that is needed.
- A pet behavioural disorder is when your pet is doing something that isn’t a ‘normal’ pet behaviour, that could be having a negative effect on them, as well as you and your home. There might be something going on in their head – pets suffer with mental health issues too – or a learned behaviour from a traumatic event.
Book a Behavioural Consultation with one of our Vets and talk to them about your concerns over your pet’s behaviour.
Free behavioural advice from our nursing team
Our nursing team offers free nurse behaviour clinics by appointment, in which they can provide stage 1 advice on many behavioural challenges. More in-depth cases may require a full, in-depth assessment by a vet, or perhaps a specialist referral.
Find out more about our nurse clinics.