WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO INVOLVE A CLINICAL ANIMAL BEHAVIOURIST IN RESOLVING A PET'S BEHAVIOUR PROBLEM?
Behavioural problems are a leading cause of relinquishment of dogs and cats to animal shelters and may even result in the euthanasia of a pet. While animals with behavioural problems are often considered to "misbehave", they may have a physical cause for the problem, be responding to inconsistent interactions with the people around them, and/or have had a poor early start to life - even before reaching their first home. Behavioural problems are complex and can have many causes; and it takes a concerted effort under the guidance of a trained professional to bring about behavioural change. A Clinical Animal Behaviourist has a broad knowledge of the emotional health of animals, as well as the knowledge of how to help clients implement their pet's treatment plan.