One of the best things about owning a pet is their unique personality, but it is often the main cause of concern that pet owners have in their relationship/bond between themselves and their furry friend.

At East Doncaster Veterinary Hospital we place a large emphasis on educating pet owners of the different types of behavioural issues that can develop and ways and means to prevent and manage them if they do arise.

Signs of behavioural issues in dogs:

  • Separation Anxiety

  • Noise phobias (E.g. During thunderstorms and fireworks)

  • Aggression towards other dogs and people

  • Barking

  • Fear biting

  • House soiling

  • Boredom and destruction

An important part in understanding and reducing these issues is early socialisation through puppy preschool, environmental stimulation and learned behaviours over time.

Fortunately there are many options available to help treat problematic behaviours – however early intervention is the key!

Treatment plans depending on the displayed behaviour will often involve a holistic approach including (but not limited to):

  • Training

  • Behaviour modification techniques

  • Addressing environmental stimulation

  • Positive reward reinforcement

  • Medications including pheromones if required after assessment

At East Doncaster Veterinary Hospital we can provide extensive behavioural assessments and action plans that are simple and easy to achieve to ensure your pet receives the help they need.

We do this by starting with an assessment of their history, lifestyle and environmental factors. All of these factors have had an impact on how your pet reacts in any given situation!