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Dog Behavioural Counselling

Behavioural problems are very common in dogs and can be frustrating for both the pet owner and the dog. Some problems can be fixed easily (house training issues, lack of exercise issues) as long as they are identified early, and a plan of action is formed and followed by the owner. Other behaviour problems require a committed owner working in conjunction with their veterinarian and dog trainer. More serious behaviour issues require more specialized assistance with the help of a veterinary behavioural specialist.

What happens at the consultation?

The first step with any behaviour issue is to speak with your veterinarian about the problem. The veterinarian will assess the situation and decide initial steps to a behaviour modification plan. This may involve a change in the daily activities, or the recommendation to work with a knowledgeable experienced dog trainer, or the addition of medications, or some combination of all of these things. Some behaviour issues require assessment by a veterinarian who specializes in behaviour issues. As always, the first step is to speak with your local veterinarian about the problem.

Will my pet insurance policy cover the cost of consultation?

Pet insurance policies are quite variable so that depends on the type of coverage you have purchased. If you have questions about pet insurance and behaviour issues, you should review the paperwork provided by the insurance company or contact the insurance company directly about your question.

What to expect after the consultation?

Once a behaviour modification plan has been decided, it is very important to stay in contact with our hospital. Communication is critical to achieving the desired effect of the modification plan. Regular updates will help us monitor and assess how well the dog is responding to the plan.


Rescue Dogs: Overcoming Unwanted Behaviours

Since the COVID pandemic has arrived in Canada (and around the world), we have seen a spike in pet adoptions. This is an amazing thing – for the new pet owner and for the pet.  However, one of the other spikes we see on an almost daily basis at the hospital is the need for new owner to attach “a story” to their pet's behaviours – particularly in the instance of “rescue” dogs.  In rescue situations, many of the dogs arrive with unknown histories and many of the dogs demonstrate specific or generalized fear and anxiety.

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Last updated: June 16, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


We are excited to allow clients in again, however please be patient as we must continue to disinfect all surfaces between appointments. As we work to care for our beloved patients, please be kind. Any abuse towards our staff will not be tolerated and will result in denial of service.


We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: 8 am - 7 pm
Friday: 8 am - 4 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed



Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Cambrian Animal Hospital