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Pet Behavior Counseling

Our doctors take an integrated approach to your pet’s well-being. This includes offering individual guidance specific to your pet’s age, breed, and behavior. During a home wellness visit, we will address any general behavior questions or concerns that you have. Common pet behavior issues include separation anxiety and health issues related to environmental stress.

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Pet Behavior Counseling

Our Process

During a home visit, your veterinarian will evaluate your pet’s age, breed, lifestyle, activity level, individual health concerns, and behavior. If you have any specific concerns about your pet’s behavior, we can make appropriate recommendations and referrals to a board-certified behaviorist. If you are looking for online pet behavior help, a video consultation may be an excellent option, especially if your dog is anxious or aggressive around strangers in your home. 

Why Pet Behavior Counseling

When you are looking for general pet behavior advice, asking your BetterVet team for help is a great place to start. While we are not board-certified behavior specialists, our veterinary doctors are  trained to assess behavior problems. Asking and answering questions about your pet’s behavior is part of our comprehensive exam process. By choosing a mobile vet to come to you, we will evaluate your pet at home, without adding the stress of a car ride or an unfamiliar clinic. We also offer video consultation appointments, which is also a great option for anxious pets. 


If we feel that your pet’s behavior requires the assistance of a board-certified behavior specialist, we can work closely with a veterinary behaviorist of your choice. To locate a pet behavior specialist in your area, you can visit The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB)’s website.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does pet insurance cover behavioral training?
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Most pet insurance companies do not cover the cost of behavior training. However, a comprehensive in-home exam scheduled with BetterVet can address general behavioral concerns. While different from pet insurance, we have a convenient BetterVet Wellness Club option - a membership-based wellness plan that includes vet care options like home visits and unlimited telemedicine. If you are looking for formal pet training and consultation, we can refer you to a board-certified pet behavioral specialist.

Should you euthanize your pet with bad behavior?
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The decision to euthanize your pet is a deeply personal one and should be in conjunction with your veterinarian, a dog trainer, or a pet behavior specialist. 

What is a pet behavioral exam?
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There are several pet behavior assessments available today. They are designed to collect information about your pet’s behavior and identify areas that need improvement and/or training. While we do not offer a pet behavior exam as a stand-alone service, we do incorporate questions about your pet’s behavior and overall adjustment into every home visit and can make any necessary referrals to a pet behavior specialist. 

Is there an online pet behavioral consultation available?
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Some pet behavior specialists and trainers may offer behavioral consultations online. You can also ask questions and address any general concerns regarding your pet’s behavior during a video consultation appointment with one of our veterinarians. Schedule an appointment today or join BetterVet Wellness Club. Wellness Club memberships include unlimited telemedicine, giving you access to ongoing support, expert resources, and advice whenever you need it.