At Clarendon Street Vets we are keen to provide holistic care for your pet. Whilst many of the problems we see are predominantly physical conditions such as injury, infection or ongoing health conditions, we are also on hand to help with any behavioural changes or challenges you may face with your pet. In some cases these may be connected to the physical symptoms your animal is displaying, in other cases behaviour changes may relate to life events or early life experiences.
There are a lot of people offering help with dog training and behaviour issues in both cats and dogs (and an increasing number of behaviourists will also treat exotic pets.) Dog trainers tend to focus on training issues such as poor recall or jumping up, while behaviourists may concentrate on more entrenched problems such as anxiety or house soiling, however quite a few experts will offer both. Some will offer training in a group setting, others will do one-to-one sessions or visit you at home.
The qualifications for trainers and behaviourists can vary quite a lot so we are keen to try and help you find someone best suited for you and your pet. There are several organisations that regulate the training and behaviour professions and their websites offer a good starting point if you want to find someone local or work out what kind of help your pet needs.
For most behaviour types problems, a veterinary referral will be required. This is to ensure that any physical factors that may be causing or exacerbating the problem can be identified before it is treated as purely behavioural. We are very happy to give your pet a check up if you have concerns about his or her behaviour and refer you on to a local behaviourist if appropriate.
If you have concerns about any aspect of your pet’s behaviour please don’t hesitate to get in touch.