What We Do

Behaviour Consultations

Put simply, our vets diagnose and treat behavioural problems caused by mental illness by putting together a personalised behaviour management program for your pet, and our trainers provide you with the practical support that you may require to implement these recommendations.

We help you manage any undesirable behaviours that your pet dog or cat (or any other species!) may be exhibiting. We help you understand the reason why your pet is exhibiting such a behaviour and whether or not it is appropriate in that context. We then work through strategies that will help reduce the animal’s desire to perform the behaviour and therefore make it less likely to happen in the future. Most of these strategies involve the use of behavioural and environmental modification techniques, pheromones and sometimes behaviour-modifying medication.

Much of our caseload is referred from veterinarians, dog trainers or behaviourists. However, referrals are not essential as we are happy to be approached directly by owners.

The most common problems we deal with include (but are not limited to):

  • Separation anxiety
  • Pathological Fear- including fear of people, dogs, cats, vet clinics, car rides, grooming
  • Storm, fireworks and noise phobias
  • Repetitive behaviours- over-grooming, pacing, eating non-food items, shadow/light chasing, circling, fly-biting
  • Cognitive dysfunction (dementia/’alzheimers’)- yes, it’s treatable!
  • Urine marking, spraying and toileting problems in cats, including stress-induced cystitis
  • Aggression cases- including those caused by fear, control complex, territorial behaviour and resource guarding. Science has now taught us that aggression is very RARELY due to ‘dominance’.
  • Excessive barking cases- most causes of excessive barking are actually medical conditions such as separation anxiety, territorial aggression, fear, and generalised anxiety. They are very rarely able to be treated with obedience training alone, or with anti-barking devices (which often make the problem worse).
  • Feline over-grooming and hyperaesthesia (rippling skin)
  • Self-mutilation, phobias, excessive screaming and inappropriate sexual behaviours in birds
  • Aggression, fear and other problems in rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents and other exotic pets.
  • and many others

Behavioural and Obedience Training

Pet Behaviour Vet also offers private obedience training sessions with our behavioural trainers, who are happy to work with any species.

We also offer group training classes for puppies at various locations.

In the near future we will be offering a variety of specialised training, Nosework and socialisation classes, but if this is something you are interested in sooner rather than later, please Contact Us with details of your local area and we will endeavour to suggest some good alternatives nearby.