Behavioral Counseling

 

Is unwanted behavior driving a wedge between you and your animal companion?

Pets act out in a number of ways, and many of their behaviors can be quite unpleasant. Whether it’s a simple house training issue or something more serious, like aggression, bad behavior can be stressful for everyone. In fact, it’s the number one reason why people relinquish their pets to shelters. At Westside Pet Hospital, we want to step in before it gets to that point. Our team is experienced in companion animal behavior and can provide the guidance you need to restore peace and balance back into your home.

 

Understanding the Problem

The key to overcoming behavior issues in animals is identifying the precise problem. First, we must examine your pet to rule out any potential medical causes. Many ailments have symptoms that can be easily 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. We must eliminate this possibility before moving forward.

Once your furry friend has been given a clean bill of health, the next step is pinpointing the true behavior we’re dealing with. This is critical because in many cases, a bigger problem may manifest itself in several smaller ways. For example, destructive behavior when left alone may actually be a symptom of separation anxiety. We will work with you and your pet to determine precisely what the situation is so we can address it most effectively.

Some of the 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

With a correct diagnosis in hand, the next 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 issue. 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 animal friend. We can help you enjoy the loving, peaceful relationship you both deserve. Contact Westside Pet Hospital today to get started!

 

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      Dr Shaw & Staff were wonderful with my 2 older dogs, Buddy & Bon Jovi. Dr. Shaw is experienced, calm, patient, and truly cares about our kids. Thank you Westside Pet Hospital Bend!!!

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      I can't say enough about Dr. shaw and the Westside Pet Hospital. The staff is so lovely. They obviously care about what they do. Dr. Shaw is just awesome. He spends an incredible amount of time with you and your pet, is thorough and gives you a lot of information. I love the fact that he uses standard veterinary care as well as being trained in accupuncture and alternative medicine. The practice is also spotless! Our Bernese Mountain dog and our 2 cats are patients and they are quite pleased to see Dr. Shaw. I highly recommend Westside Pet Hospital!

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      Dr. Shaw has given incredible care to our 9 year old lab with liver disease. Her quality of life has improved dramatic calls with accupuncture. So thankful we found him!

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      Dr. Shaw took time to thoroughly explain after-care to me when I had both my dogs in for a check-up and teeth cleaning. He is so knowledgeable and easy to talk to. MacKenzie was so helpful and also took extra time to discuss concerns I had about the pups. Thank you both for making me (and my doggie family) feel welcome and important.

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      My 5 kitties (between 6 and 12 years old) would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Shaw and staff! We've been with Westside for more than 2 1/2 years since we moved from Texas and have had anything from yearly checkups/vaccinations to dental cleanings and thyroid cancer treatments at the clinic. The staff is friendly, the facility super clean and relaxing. Us kitties appreciate the separate kitty and dog areas. Dr. Shaw has very good "kitty manners" and is extremely knowledgeable and patient. We really appreciate that our appointments are always on schedule with very little waiting time and we always feel our 5 babies are in capable hands. Laurie at the front desk is so nice and kind! Five stars all the way!!!Thank you guys (and ladies)!!! Marita S.

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