Behavior problems are the leading cause of pet dogs and cats being relinquished or euthanized.
Brooklyn Park Pet Hospital is providing preventative care through Puppy Parties, Puppy Socialization Classes, Pre-Purchase Pet Counseling, and Kitten Socializing.
Our hospital is also offering behavior consultations, which includes an evaluation for major and minor behavior issues.
Some Common Behavior Issues:
What to expect with a behavior consult:
1. First call to schedule an appointment. Depending on the problem, an appointment will be schedule with either a doctor or technician.
2. Fill out the online behavior questionnaire and either email, fax or drop it off prior to your appointment (preferably 1 week in advance if possible).
3. Review what to bring for a behavior consult on the website.
4. If a medical reason needs to be ruled out as the cause of the behavior, the pet will need to have a full physical and labwork.
5. After the evaluation of the pet, a plan will be put in place. A combination of behavior modification, environment enrichment, and medication will be worked together to create a positive outcome. Follow-up calls will be scheduled and possible progress exams.
6. Some difficult cases may be recommended for referral, and the evaluation notes and labwork will be faxed to the behavior specialist.
How to prepare for a behavior appointment:
Please fill out either the Canine Behavior Questionnaire or the Feline Behavior Questionnaire and either email, fax or drop it off prior to your appointment (preferably 1 week in advance if possible).
Please have your pet skip his or her morning meal so they arrive hungry. This will help us to interact with the pet using food treats during the appointment.
Helpful items to bring with to the appointment:
- Favorite treats
- A favorite toy
- Any training tools that you currently use or have used
- Current medication or supplements
- Photos or video of problems occurring
- If bringing a cat, have a diagram of your house and label where the food/water dishes are as well as location of litter boxes
Tools and Products Available for Behavior Training:
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Gentle Leader® (head collar)
Busy Buddy® Toys for dogs and cats
Feliway® Feline Pheromone Diffuser or Spray
Adaptil® Canine Pheromone Collars, Diffusers and Spray
Chewing deterrent spray
Puppy Start Right book by Kenneth M Martin, DVM & Debbie Martin, RVT, VTS (Behavior), CPDT-KPA CTP link
Need Help Finding the Right Pet for You?
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Puppy Parties are held monthly on the first Thursday of every month. This time is mainly for puppies from 8 to 18 weeks of age to socialize and play while the owners discuss how their puppy training is going with our experienced staff.
- All puppies must have their first set of Distemper/Hepatitis/Parvo vaccine on board and begun routine deworming.
- Puppies should only come if healthy – no vomiting or diarrhea within the last week.
- It is recommended very young children not come to the party. Owners are not allowed to touch, speak, or look at puppies to encourage interaction between the dogs.
If you are a first time kitten owner, or an experienced one, consider checking out our monthly Kitten Kindergarten class. It's an opportunity for your kitten to experience a different environment, varied situations, and to socialize with other kittens or people. We have learned more recently that the socialization window is very short for cats. It's also a place to discuss grooming, feeding, carriers and litterbox issues in addition to natural behaviors for our feline friends. Ask a staff member about the next class.
- All kittens must have their first set of feline rhinotracheitis/calici/panleukopenia vaccine on board, begun routine deworming and have been tested negative for FeLV/FIV viruses.
- Kittens should only come if healthy – no vomiting or diarrhea within the last week, and no sneezing or runny eyes.
Training as a Life Long Commitment
After you set up a good foundation of training, it is never a bad idea to keep the bond between you and your pet strong with continued training. Here are some opportunities listed below:
Continued Training Links: