Behavioural Counselling

Helping you discover the root cause of your pet's unwanted behaviours.

Worried your pet's aggressive behaviour can put other humans at risk? Or is your pet reclusive and facing behavioural issues? Behavioural counselling can be the solution you are looking for. At these counselling sessions, a veterinarian or a veterinary behaviourist will teach you how to modify your pet's behaviour using methods and techniques such as desensitization, counter-conditioning, response modification, shaping, or other means. To schedule a counselling appointment, call us at 905-853-3591.

What questions will a veterinarian ask during behavioural counselling?

Counselling sessions are designed to help veterinarians understand your pet's behaviour problems and the history of the problem. Questions that will be discussed can include when the problem began, how long it has been occurring, what causes or triggers the behaviour and how you have been dealing with it. Detailed information can help the behaviourist accurately diagnose and suggest a treatment strategy.

What is the difference between a trainer and a veterinary behaviourist?

​​A veterinary behaviourist is educated to understand animal behaviour and observe if their body language is normal or out of the ordinary. An animal behaviourist works with you and your pet to understand the cause of behavioural problems and suggest treatment plans. Trainers can have varied educational qualifications. Some trainers can be certified by training schools. Trainers often receive education through apprenticeships with other trainers, working at animal shelters, or through personal experience with pets.

Can other family members attend behavioural counselling sessions?

All family members interact with your pets each day. They can have varied experiences with the pet that can contribute to understanding your pet's problem. You can bring them along if they can contribute valuably to the diagnosis.

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