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Behavioral Training

A qualified behaviorist or pet trainer can tailor a behavioral training program to nourish healthy relationships between your pet and yourself along with other pets and people with whom you may interact.


Pets can develop undesirable behaviors that can be tricky to correct. Just as we all have personalities, so do our pets. Sometimes those personalities can clash with a certain environment, other pets, or even people, especially when introduced to a new home.

Your veterinarian is here to help you develop the respect that is needed for a healthy relationship while increasing your pet’s confidence and understanding.

Why should my pet go through behavioral training?

At some point, all dog owners need to administer behavior training (also known as behavior modification). Common behavioral problems that may arise in your dog’s life are:

  • Compulsive behaviors

  • Human-directed aggression

  • Inter-pet aggression

  • Fears

  • Separation anxiety

  • Cognitive dysfunction

  • Inappropriate elimination

Various behavior training methods to correct undesirable behavior are available. Positive training methods are preferred. Your veterinarian will help you decide on a behavioral training program that is best for you and your pet.

When should my pet start behavioral training?

Whether you want to start your puppy or adult dog in behavioral training, it is important to enroll in a course appropriate for achieving your training goals. Private training sessions may be appropriate for behavior such as aggression.

Training your dog requires patience and commitment. During training, it’s beneficial to keep up with the learnings at home, so practice with your dog for a couple of minutes every day.

How is behavior training conducted?

Training usually begins by conducting a behavioral evaluation. A training evaluation allows a trainer to determine what method and type of training will be most suitable and successful for you, your dog, and your family. He or she will observe your dog in a natural setting to evaluate and understand your pet’s personality as well as their relationship with you. After observing their behavior, a trainer will recommend a program that best fits you and your pet’s needs and goals.