Pet Behavior Consulting in Town Center of Virginia Beach, VA

We all strive to have strong bonds with our pets. But sometimes, our beloved dogs and cats may exhibit behaviors that make bonding difficult. At Independence Veterinary Hospital, we know how big of an impact a pet’s behavior can have on a household. If your four-legged family member is having issues at home, whether that involves chewing on furniture, having accidents in the house, or barking constantly, there are things we can do to help. Our team has experience guiding and supporting families dealing with dog separation anxiety, cats scratching the furniture, and more. We’ll do everything we can to help resolve the issue and nurture your bond with your pet.

To get to the bottom of your pet’s behaviors, reach out to us to make an appointment so we can help you find a solution!

Dog Behavior In Virginia Beach Va

Why Is My Pet Behaving Badly?

Behavioral issues, such as chewing on furniture, having accidents in the house, or excessive vocalizing, can be frustrating. However, these actions often signify underlying issues that need addressing—your pet isn’t acting out for no reason. Our veterinary professionals are here to help you understand the root causes of these behaviors and develop strategies to manage them effectively.

How We Can Help

When a pet is behaving in a disruptive and/or destructive manner, we need to figure out what exactly is causing the behavior. They could be stressed, suffer from noise aversion, have separation anxiety, or even be sick. The only way to know for sure is to meet with you and examine your pet so we can rule out potential causes. Along with a physical exam, we may recommend lab work to check for underlying illness. If possible, try documenting your pet’s behaviors at home with photos, videos, and/or notes. This will help us have a better understanding of the situation and aid in a diagnosis.

Each pet is unique, and so are their behavioral issues. At Independence Veterinary Hospital, we believe in a personalized approach. Our veterinarians will work closely with you to create a tailored plan that suits your pet’s individual needs. Whether it's modifying the environment, implementing routine changes, referring you to a specialized dog trainer, administering medication, or using specific techniques to encourage positive behavior, we're here to guide you.