Alleviating Behavioral Problems with Pet Training & Other Interventions

At Creekside Animal Clinic, our veterinarian, Dr. Cummings is trained to offer your pet behavioral counseling to address their mental and emotional needs. We work with you extensively to understand the scope of the problem and what’s triggering it to develop an effective pet training program to modify your pet’s behavior for the better.

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Understanding Your Pet’s Behavior

When talking about behavioral problems, many owners designate their pet’s behavior as either right or wrong; bad or good. This is an all-too-common misconception. Cats and dogs do not act out of spite or do anything because it is the right thing to do. They’re motivated more simply and act on a desire to fulfill their needs. When their needs (food, water, feeling safe and secure, and getting enough exercise and stimulation) are threatened, that’s when behavioral issues can develop.

Broadly speaking, behavior problems can stem from fear, stress, or under-stimulation. When a cat or dog feels threatened, they may lash out; when they are stressed, they may develop destructive coping mechanisms; and when they are bored, they could act out in a variety of ways to attempt to stimulate themselves physically and mentally. In order to curb any destructive or undesirable behaviors, we must first recognize their trigger.

Common triggers include:

  • Encounters with unfamiliar people or animals
  • Moving to a new home
  • Adding a new pet to the family
  • A significant change in your schedule (i.e. day to night shift)
  • A low-quality diet
  • And more

Solutions for behavioral problems can be complex and varied. Yet they often require some level of pet training, either by you or a qualified professional trainer if needed. Other options could include:

  • Group training
  • Home adjustments (diet, more exercise, house training, etc.)
  • Anti-anxiety medication
  • Personal training with a professional
  • Referral to a certified behaviorist for more complex or severe problems

Our team is here to work with you through your pet’s behavioral problem from start to finish. Even if we refer you to another professional, we want to be kept in the loop. Contact us today at (330) 825-9556 to learn more and set up an appointment for behavioral counseling.


“I can’t give Dr. Messner, and the employees who work here, enough praise! Having had a terrible experience with a different vet clinic, my faith in veterinarians had diminished. That was until I came upon Creekside and its wonderful staff. My faith has been restored, and I know my fur babies are receiving the absolute best care when we visit Dr. Messner. She is the best veterinarian, and Creekside is hands-down the best animal clinic around!”

- Kelly Y.

“Will never take our animals anywhere else. Great doctors and staff. I know that when I walk through those doors that my pets are in the most capable and very caring hands. Special thanks to Dr. Cummings. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your compassion and excellent care you always provide to our babies.”

- Sue S.

“I always feel like my Mastiffs and French Bulldogs are in the best hands when Dr. Messner and her crew take care of them!”

- Tina C.

“All our foster dogs have gone to Creekside. The entire staff is friendly and answer all my questions. I would highly recommend Creekside to anyone looking for a place to take their pets.”

- Julie S.

“I can not thank you all enough (especially Carol) for the kindness while having to put down my cat Walter. It wasn't easy for me but your kindness and true compassion made it easier. What a blessing you are to the animal world.”

- Heidi P.

“Very pleased with everyone here, we are newer clients and our dog had what we thought was an injured shoulder on a Saturday, they quickly got us an appointment and were very understanding when she turned out to be fine, just a drama queen. Sorry she's a big faker but I appreciated having my mind eased after numerous cries from her that morning.”

- Jill R.

“The staff and doctor treat you like family. They always take the time to listen to your concerns. They are very caring and know you and your pet by name.”

- Jennifer G.

“This wonderful vet took my baby in right away when his foot was gushing blood and i was a mess! They fixed him up with a smile. This will be our permanent vet from now on. They are very calm and very sweet here! So impressed with Creekside! Not too mention the staff are very nice and the building is very clean! So impressed with everything here!”

- Lizzie H.


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