To our clients,
Do you have:
a dog that worries when you leave the house?
a dog that barks and lunges at other dogs during walks?
a dog or cat that growls or scratches or bites?
a dog that listens to you at home, but ignores you at the park?
a dog with a stubborn streak?
a cat that urinates outside of the litter box?
a new cat or kitten to introduce to the resident pets?
a new dog or puppy that you want to start off on the right foot?
a cat or dog that is smart and bored?
a working dog that performs better at home than at trials?
a pet with behaviors that you wish were different?
We can help. We’re happy to announce that PVH is now offering behavior and training consultation appointments. Dr Paige Pierce is a member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, and has been using her knowledge and experience to help our patients for years.
After physical concerns are ruled out, there are proven, positive approaches to changing your pet’s behavior. Behavior modification and training should never be conflict-laden or punitive. Each pet, and each household situation, is unique. Dr Pierce will assess potential underlying concerns (e.g. anxiety, or accidental reinforcement), and create a reward-based system that will make sense to the pets and people in the home. Understanding your pet’s motivation, learning how to effectively communicate with your pet, and controlling the environment, are the keys to changing unwanted behaviors.
The consultation process starts with a short phone call, to ensure that an in-clinic appointment is the best approach. Prior to the first appointment, a history form will be mailed (or emailed or faxed), in order to gain a detailed understanding of the home environment and the behavioral history. If possible, please return the history form before the first appointment (otherwise, bring it with you at the appointment time).
Please allow one hour for the initial appointment. Follow-up appointments will be determined based on response. Some follow-ups may be conducted over the phone, if appropriate.
Authors Drs. Horwitz and Neilson