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At CityVets, we pride ourselves on giving all our patients the best veterinary care. We aim for each visit to be a positive experience for you and your pet, whether for a health check-up or during illness or injury. We also want you to enjoy your pet at home and support you if their behaviour becomes undesirable. 

Sometimes we do not know the history of our pets; previous events may alter their behaviour. Pets have different characters, much like us. Some can be strong-willed, while others may need extra reassurance.  

Below are some of the more common problems owners seek help to overcome: 

  • Noise  
  • Destructiveness 
  • House training 
  • Travel  
  • Nervousness 
  • Aggression 
  • Separation anxiety 
  • Feather plucking  

Suppose you are struggling with your pet's behaviour. In that case, a clinical examination with one of our vets is recommended to rule out any illness or pain contributing to behavioural changes.  

A consultation to see a behaviourist can be arranged by referral from one of our vets. At CityVets, we work closely with local behaviourist Elaine Brooks MSc CABC CCAB.

Call us today to make an initial behaviour appointment with one of our vets.

Elaine Brooks MSc CABC CCAB, works with the CityVets team to offer a Companion Animal Behaviour Referral Service. Elaine has worked professionally with horses, dogs and other companion animals her entire working life. She says;

‘For many of us the bond we develop with our companion animals is as strong as those we develop with our human companions. Each relationship being unique, shaped by the past and maintained by the present. Respecting this fact is at the very heart of my approach to the work I do.’

‘My primary goal is to create, promote and enhance human-companion animal relationships that are based on mutual trust, respect and understanding. By working together using methods that are effective whilst being humane I will help you to identify realistic expectations and achieve your goals so that ultimately you too can enjoy the wonderful rewards pets can bring.’

Elaine’s practical experience includes a lengthy and rewarding career with the Guide Dogs for the Blind, preparing dogs to work as guides and teaching people to become trainers. She taught Equine Assisted Therapy to 16–25-year-olds with learning and behavioural challenges at The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy (FCRT) and as a volunteer trainer with ‘DogAid’. Elaine has an MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling (CABC) from the University of Southampton and is a Certified Training Partner with the world-renowned Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behaviour. Elaine has also gained certification as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) accredited by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB).

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