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Pet Behavior and Training

Over the years our relationships with our dogs and cats have evolved from being "just our pets" to becoming our beloved family members. The caring team at Canyon Lake Veterinary Hospital recognizes and celebrates this, and can provide the assistance needed with behavior and training issues to help our pets be lifelong members of our families. We have staff members with a special interest in pet behavior and access to many resources to obtain needed information, and will provide referrals to local trainers for classes and assistance.

It has been reported that behavior problems are frequently cited as a major cause of relinquishment to shelters and euthanasia of companion animals. Studies show that pets receiving routine veterinary care, and dogs that have attended obedience classes are much less likely to develop behavior issues that result in being relinquished. It has also been shown that owners who receive competent and efficacious assistance in dealing with their pets' behavior problems may be more likely to preserve the human-animal bond, resulting in keeping their their pet in their home.

"The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment."- The American Veterinary Medical Association's definition.

One area that we strongly focus on at Canyon Lake Veterinary Hospital, is the behavioral development of kittens and puppies in order to help them to develop into happy, well-adjusted, well behaved adult cats and dogs. Some of the areas we address include, but are not limited to potty training, getting accustomed to being groomed and handled, nipping, chewing, scratching, puppy and kitten socialization, and healthy and appropriate play behavior. Please ask about our puppy and kitten programs as these behavioral issues can be addressed during these program visits as well.

Please call us at 605-348-6510 or email us to make an appointment or if you have any questions about our behavior services.

Unfortunately, we are not able deal with cat or dog aggression but can provide you with a referral to a trainer/behvioralist who may be able to help you.