Behaviour Management and Puppy Classes

Pet can show behaviour issues due to psychological causes, medical causes, or both. Our vets will investigate behavioural problems by obtaining a detailed history and conducting a full examination to accurately diagnose a problem. Sometimes we may do blood or urine tests to rule out underlying medical conditions. Most often the behavioural problems are the result of the combined effect of many factors, including your pet’s environment and previous experiences such as socialisation and training.

Changes in the pet's environment may contribute to the emergence of behavioural complaints. As an example, changes in routine, a new member of the household (pet, baby or spouse), moving house, or the loss of a family member or pet can have a dramatic impact on behaviour. Any medical or degenerative changes associated with ageing may cause the pet to be even more sensitive to these environmental changes.

Learning also plays a part in many behavioural problems. Early training and socialisation are essential to have a happy, well-adjusted pet. Punishment of behavioural problems often worsens the situation, and it is very important that professional advice is obtained as soon as the problem appears to resolve it effectively. Positive reinforcement is the preferred method for changing behaviour. However this also needs to be used carefully as it can encourage undesirable behaviour if used incorrectly.

How are behavioural problems treated?

It is very important that the cause of the behaviour problem is addressed, not just the symptoms of the problem. For example, don't chain a dog up because it is digging; find out the reason for the digging and treat the dog accordingly.

When it comes to your pet's behaviour, it is extremely important to seek the advice of a qualified veterinarian or veterinary animal behaviour specialist. Changing problem behaviour requires a commitment on behalf of the whole family, as everyone your pet interacts with will be responsible for encouraging desirable behaviour. For some problems such as barking, escaping, aggression, or separation anxiety it is beneficial to see the pet in its natural environment. Thus a home visit may be appropriate. Some cases may also require medications alongside new training techniques to get the best outcome. Our staff can help you with the management and treatment of common behaviour problems in your pets. For more complicated cases, we can organise a referral to veterinarians specialising in behaviour medicine.

Puppy Classes

Our Puppy Classes helps you to get your puppy off to the right start with their training. A better-mannered puppy is a better-mannered adult dog. We will help you to redirect unwanted puppy behaviours like jumping and mouthing/biting.

The puppies get to Socialise in a safe and fun environment while their owner gets to recognise their puppy’s body language. We will also teach your puppies to greet other puppies/dogs and people with respect.

We aim to help build a bond between the puppy and the owner by getting the puppy to focus on you rather than what is happening around them.

The course consists of:

Basic commands: Sit, down, stay, come, walking on a lead, leave it plus more

General puppy issues: Toilet training, jumping, mouthing plus more

Handling and general care: Grooming & oral health plus more

We invite you to join our classes with your new fur babies to get them off to the right start.