As any pet owner knows, the behavior patterns of our animal companions are unique. While many of the behavioral difficulties we experience can be regarded as simple “facts of life,” there are also cases in which problem behaviors can be a challenge for you and your family. When professional help is needed, Kryder & Harr Veterinary Clinic’s own Dr. Mariah Covey offers consults to help you address any behavioral problems your cat or dog may exhibit.
We can offer advice on nuisance behaviors, such as barking, digging, and chewing. These problems are often related to dogs getting bored and not receiving enough mental and physical stimulation. We can recommend ways to improve these behaviors and help you choose a trainer to work with if needed.
Fears, Phobias, and Anxiety
Noise phobia (fear of storms, fireworks, and other noises) is a very common complaint from owners. Separation anxiety is another common anxiety disorder that many dogs suffer from. Fears of people, animals, or other situations are other common complaints. These animals suffer severe anxiety, beyond what we might consider normal for a timid dog. In these situations, pets need consistent deliberate behavior modification to help build confidence and reduce anxiety. We are not just teaching a command, but giving a dog coping skills. If your pet suffers from an anxiety disorder, please contact us today.