Karingal Vet Hospital

328 Cranbourne Road, Frankston, VIC, 3199

P: (03) 9789 3444

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Dog Behaviour

Over time, your dog may develop some unhealthy behaviours. These can put a strain on their wellbeing, and on yours. Owners are often at a loss as to how to help their pet in these situations, can be confused as to the origin of these behaviours, and can attempt to fix them in negative, unhelpful ways. The litany of conflicting pet care tips online only confounds dog owners further.

Our vets have a keen interest in dog behaviour. We work with you and your pet to develop a healthy behaviour program, tailored specifically to your situation. Should your pet be suffering from separation anxiety, aggression, boredom, or fear, our veterinary team will work with you to develop a positive, healthy behavioural program.

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Puppy Behaviour

Our Puppy School is a positive, rewards-based training program. Designed for puppies aged between 8 and 14 weeks old, our four-week course follows the philosophies of Dr Sophia Yin, The Animal Welfare League of Australia (AWLA), and Australia’s accredited dog training body, The Delta Institute.

Puppy school is a vital part of your dog’s development, and can help prevent the onset of behavioural problems later in life. Dogs who attended puppy school typically have greater:

  • Safety: they know when to stop, stay and heal
  • Behaviour: they know what’s expected of them
  • Relationships: they know what to expect of you
  • Mood : they know how and when to calm down

In a safe, controlled environment, puppy school also gives puppies their first opportunities to socialise with other pets and people, crucial for healthy behavioural development.

Mature Dogs

Problems that occur later in life, after the puppy school phase, can be addressed. Our behaviourists stress: you can teach old dogs new tricks. Using positive, reward-based training, rather than negative or punitive approaches, mature dogs can get relief from late-onset issues, boredom, anxiety and aggression. Our vets will work with you to understand and address your dog’s behaviour, as well as help you to recognise your pet’s triggers, emotional states and needs. Further referrals, medical and alternative treatments are also available.

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Boredom, Barking and Destruction

If your dog barks excessively or destroys your property when you are not at home, it may be because they are bored or anxious. Our vets may suggest enriching their environment, with food puzzles, toys, or a radio, may suggest sending them to Doggy Daycare, or may suggest a program to make them more comfortable being separated from you.

A range of factors can be involved, including exercise, diet and socialisation, so talk to our vets today. Our behaviourists will be able to work with you to identify the best course of action.


What We Can Do

Do not try to diagnose your pet’s behavioural issues by yourself. The internet is awash with misleading information, which may compound the problem. If you are concerned with your pet’s behaviour, book in with your local vet today. Our vets will work with you to understand the situation and will then tailor a program accordingly. Our vets can help with:

  • Incomplete/ forgotten house training
  • Inappropriate defecation as a result of illness
  • Submissive Urination
  • Excitement Urination
  • Marking behaviours
  • Panic and Anxiety Disorders
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Destructive behaviours
  • Jumping
  • Disobedience
  • Cognitive Dysfunction

If you are concerned about your dog’s behaviour, contact Karingal Veterinary Hospital today. And so that we can get to work straight away on addressing your dog’s behaviour, before your appointment, be sure to complete this questionnaire.

328 Cranbourne Road, Frankston, VIC, 3199

P: (03) 9789 3444

The Karingal Veterinary Hospital is open 7 days a week.

Our hours are

- 8am-8pm Monday-Friday,
- 9am-5pm Saturday,
- Temporarily closed on Sundays Due To Covid,

- We will remain closed from the 25th Dec 2020 - 28th Dec 2020 & on 1st Jan 2021

* We are closed on public holidays.