Veterinary Topics

Pet Behavior

We can help you solve some of the most challenging and frustrating behaviors in dogs and cats. A consultation with one of our Alpine Animal Clinic veterinarians can help you learn to avoid reinforcing unwanted behavior and encourage positive, desired behaviors with training techniques, sometimes with the aid of prescription veterinary medication.

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Behavior: Frustrating and Destructive

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Some of the most common problems are:

  • Chewing or destroying bedding, furniture, and carpets
  • Soiling the house with urine or feces
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Urinating submissively
  • Running away from the yard or while off-leash
  • Jumping up on people
  • Growling or barking inappropriately
  • Aggression toward other dogs or people
  • …and many more
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Some of the most common problems are:

  • Soiling the house with urine or feces
  • Aggression toward other cats within the house
  • Biting and scratching aggressively
  • Hiding and fearful
  • Destroying furniture, drapes, and carpets with scratching
  • … and many others

Treatments can include behavior modification, socialization, and various training techniques.

In some of the most serious cases, prescription vet medications may be used to help your pet become more comfortable and receptive to behavior modification.

Each case is unique and might require an in-depth look at how your pet arrived at the problems you are having today to decide how best to proceed.