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Consultations and Training with the Behavior Service

What happens during a behavior consultation?

Behavior consultations are one and a half to two hours in length at the Behavior Service at Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

During the consultation, the veterinarian will review the questionnaire about your pet, gather additional details about your concerns and discuss the diagnosis and treatment in depth. Such plans for treatment may include targeted behavior modification, environmental changes, medication or nutritional supplements. If needed, additional medical diagnostics may be recommended.

Following the consultation, you will receive a written summary of your pet’s customized treatment plan by email. Phone and email support will also be available for four additional months to assist you and your pet in remaining on track.

What kind of behavior problems do we see at the Behavior Service?

The Behavior Service at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals successfully treats many common animal behavior problems, including:

  • Aggression directed at people or other animals
  • Anxiety issues, including separation anxiety and thunderstorm phobia
  • Compulsive disorders such as tail and/or shadow chasing and flank and/or wool sucking
  • Inappropriate elimination issues, including urine spraying
  • Excessive barking, digging, nipping and jumping on people

What is the cost of a consultation?

An initial consultation is $515.00 and does not include medication or additional medical diagnostics, such as lab work.

The cost of a recheck consultation is $225.00.

Training Services

We offer individual training services for clients of the Behavior Service, unique to the individual needs of your pet. We can work on all aspects of the animal’s treatment plan, from training your pet to go to a mat or walking on a loose leash, to becoming desensitizing to a doorbell ringing. We see many reactive dogs and have some very helpful options for keeping your pet safe, secure and well-mannered.

Need help finding an animal trainer near you?

Finding Qualified Professional Animal Trainers

If you are unable to visit the Behavior Service at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center and are looking for ways to find a qualified animal trainer, look no further! Finding a professional trainer to entrust your dog with can be challenging. While many well-qualified trainers give excellent, scientifically-validated advice, there are currently no required credentialing or licensing programs for professional animal trainers. Many trainers, including those featured on television and radio use methods that are not scientifically sound and may, in some cases, be harmful to the animals they train and people they live with. How do you find the right trainer for your dog?

If you are ready to make an appointment with the Behavior Service at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center, we have a step-by-step guide to make everything run smoothly and efficiently.