Pet Behaviour Counselling At PVG
Here at Park Vets we strive to look after the emotional well being of your pet, as well as its medical needs. By giving sound behavioural advice we hope to optimise the relationship between owner and pet, so allowing you to enjoy the huge rewards of pet ownership.
We begin by inviting each newly vaccinated puppy to his or her first ‘party’. This will be at around 3 months’ of age. The aim of our puppy parties is to emphasise the importance of socialisation of these young pups whilst their minds are open to suggestion and acceptance of new experiences. Pups have an ‘open’ period or socialisation period from 4-14 weeks of age when novel experiences are accepted readily without fear. It is so important that puppies are exposed to as many sights and sounds as possible during this time and into early adulthood.
Dogs that have limited exposure as youngsters can grow into fearful adults, with aggression often being the natural outcome of fear. Mistakes made when these pups are young and impressionable can stay with them for life. Our puppy parties are to help minimise mistakes by spreading knowledge, answering questions, watching how the pups play and most importantly to relax, have fun and let these pups have a positive experience at their vets.
As yet, we don’t offer kitten parties, but our vets and nurses will be only too happy to answer any questions about behavioural issues that your kitten may have.
As your pup or kitten grows up, many annoying habits may surface (as with any adolescent!).
Why not book a free ‘youth club’ appointment with one of our veterinary nurses – you can discuss any behavioural issues that your canine or feline ‘teenager’ may have, and maybe we can explain and solve the problem before it gets out of hand!
But That’s Not All,
It is evident that behavioural issues are common – in fact they are one of the commonest reasons for euthanasia in younger dogs.
Please ask us if we can help. Don’t be reluctant to approach us; we have several members of staff experienced in pet behaviour issues. If we are unable to resolve your problem ourselves, we will refer you to someone who can. Always remember that behavioural issues are complex and take time to unravel.
Mrs Suzanne Baxter, a partner at PVG, has a special interest in pet behaviour counselling, being a member of The Association of Pet behaviour Counsellors. Please direct any queries to her. Suzanne can then arrange an appointment, or suggest a home visit a recommended pet behaviour counsellor.
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