Behavioral and Training Services

For our feline patients, Dr. Elise Hattingh offers a unique In-home Feline Behavioral Assessment to address such issues as inappropriate urination, aggression between multiple cats, destructive scratching and many other feline behavioral challenges. It is not uncommon for our sensitive feline friends to experience frustration, stress and occasionally undesirable behaviors as a result of many factors, including, but not limited to, other pets in the house and environmental issues.

The assessment appointment will involve collecting an extensive history, in-depth observations of your cat’s environment and his/her interactions within this environment. With this information, environmental modifications will be suggested in order to alleviate the underlying stressors that may be precipitating behavioral problems so that you and your kitty can achieve a more harmonious relationship.

For our canine patients, we provide pet-by-pet behavior and training assessments for many common challenges including puppy biting, dog or person reactivity, sound sensitivities, fears/phobias, separation anxiety, and aggression. On-Site Trainer and behaviorist, Lynn Rives provides basic obedience skills, behavior modification, puppy socialization, as well as resolving unwanted behaviors (barking, digging/pulling on leach, etc).  Sessions are available at SPAH and also in the privacy of your home.

PUPPY CLASSES! We are about to start a new series of puppy classes for dogs age 8 - 16 weeks on Wednesday evenings, and dogs age 16+ weeks on Sunday afternoons. The next series will start on March 28 (for youngest puppies) and April 8 (for older puppies). Socialization and behavior classes will continue to be available on a rolling basis; please see our events page or contact us at 919-226-0043 for information on specific opportunities. 

If you are interested in any of these services, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.