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Behavioral Training and Consultations

Oakhurst Animal Hospital wants owners to enjoy a very special bond with their pet, and a well-behaved animal can be taken almost anywhere so they can participate in many family activities. We also know that inappropriate behavior is the number one reason pets are abandoned or euthanized. Fortunately, most behavioral problems can be effectively managed with appropriate advice and training.

Puppy Training

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With years of experience and advanced formal education, our veterinarians can provide new pet owners with training tips to help puppies grow into calm, obedient adults. Through the use of rewards-based training techniques, puppy owners can condition their pets in house-training and to respond to a variety of commands that will keep pets safe and sound.

Kitten Training

Because of a cat’s unique need to have a stimulating environment, training can take on a different feel. However, kittens can be trained to use a litter box and with the right tools and a proper environment, owners can avoid a number of adult cat behavior issues.

Anxiety and Aggression

Some pet behaviors stem from separation anxiety. Pets who are at home or left alone for longer periods of time tend to experience this. Sometimes, this anxiety is due to the pet’s need to protect his or her owner or they simply want to know the whereabouts of the rest of the “pack.” The doctors at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital have experience with separation anxiety and can work with you to find the best solutions for your pet.

Noise fears (phobias) are another common issue our doctors can treat. Some pets are afraid of thunder, fireworks, or other loud noises, causing them to show their fear through destructive tendencies. There are steps that pet owners can take to alleviate these phobias and to treat and train their pets to overcome harmful behaviors.

There are many different types of pet aggression, and all cases should be assessed by a veterinarian to ensure the behavior is not due to pain or illness. A pet suffering from pain will respond aggressively to protect itself, and this type of behavior will often subside or disappear once the source has been addressed.

Please contact Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital for more information about training and socializing your pet.