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Southlake Animal Hospital

3570 E. Lincoln Hwy
Merrillville, IN 46410

Behavioral Counseling

Is unwanted behavior driving a wedge between you and your pet?

Whether it’s a simple house training issue or something more serious, like aggression, undesirable pet behavior can be stressful for everyone. The experienced team at Southlake Animal Hospital can help restore peace and balance back into your home.

Understanding the Problem

The key to overcoming animal behavior issues lies in identifying the problem. First, we must rule out any potential medical causes. Many ailments have symptoms that can easily be mistaken for bad behavior. For instance, a cat that urinates outside the litter box may not be acting out, but actually be experiencing a health issue.

With a clean bill of health in hand, the second step in the process is determining the exact behavior we’re dealing with. This is critical because in many cases, a bigger problem may manifest itself in smaller ways. For example, destructive behavior when left alone may actually be a sign of separation anxiety. We’ll work with you to determine precisely what the situation is so we can address it most effectively.

Some of the common pet behavior problems we can provide assistance with include:

  • House training
  • Excessive barking
  • Jumping
  • Digging
  • Biting
  • Destructive behavior
  • Aggression
  • Fear/anxiety

A Plan That Gets Results

Once we’ve accurately identified the issue, the last step is developing a strategy for overcoming the behavior problem once and for all. There are a number of different ways we can approach a behavior problem. Whether it’s positive reinforcement, rewards, training or something else, we’ll work with you to create a customized plan that gets results.

Don’t let unwanted behavior stand in the way of bonding with your furry friend. Give us a call and let us help you enjoy the loving, peaceful relationship you both deserve.