Behavioural Counselling Services for Pets

It is very common for some pets to have some bad habits. In fact, approximately 15% of pets have behaviour issues. Behaviour issues can leave pet owners feeling powerless when their attempts to fix the problems fail. Bad habits can put your pet and others in danger. With professional help, your pets can get rid of bad behaviours. Our veterinarians have advanced training in pet behaviours and can create treatment plans to modify your pet’s problematic habits.

How can I determine if my pet’s quirky behaviours need behavioural counselling?

Any behaviours from your pet that could affect the safety of themselves, other pets or humans are indications that your pet may need behaviour therapy. It is best for pet owners to have any unnatural behaviour examined by a veterinarian as they could have underlying issues. Once pain is ruled out a behaviourist can help your situation.

I work long hours. Can this affect my pet’s behaviour?

Yes, some pets experience separation anxiety. Another reason why pets may become aggressive or anxious is if they are bothered. Changes to their environment like new pets or people, or moving their litter box can trigger behavioural issues in your pet.

What are signs that my pet needs behavioural counselling?

When pets are annoyed, anxious or angry they display behaviours that can range from mild to possibly life-threatening. If you notice your pet is displaying any of the following, you should contact your veterinarian immediately:

  • Licking themselves compulsively until their fur comes off
  • Hiding
  • Pacing, panting or whining
  • Excessive barking or meowing
  • House soiling

    Many of these signs can stem from medical problems that your pet is experiencing, which is why you should contact your veterinarian to determine the cause. Schedule an appointment with us at 204.452.9010.

  • Last updated: April 5, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

    1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Pick-up Only)
    Sunday and Holidays: Closed

    4. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! 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!

    - The team at Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital