We exist because we believe in quality of life – both for you and your pet. Your pet’s behavior significantly affects the quality of life of your pet and your family. Psychological issues can and should be treated. In the majority of cases, the behavioral problem is not the owner’s fault; it is not something to feel guilty about. Clinical behavioral medicine is an emerging field with exciting and promising possibilities. We believe you deserve to see those possibilities, now.
How it works
The first step is to understand the roots and scope of the behavioral problem. Our first appointment is typically around two hours. In a questionnaire, we will gather as much relevant detail as possible; often, there are subtleties that are connected in ways that you may not expect, and the behavior is just a symptom or tip of the iceberg. We need to discover the true roots of the issue and work to find the right safe and realistic outcome.
This is why it is so important for us to treat your pet as an individual, and to take our time as clinicians to truly understand his or her psychology. Our greatest joy comes from identifying root causes, and empowering you and your pet to live happier, healthier lives together. Sometimes, it even comes down to simple patterns of miscommunication, such as using certain training methods that only make things worse!
Don’t settle. We’re here for you.
When you walk in
From the moment you walk through our doors, you will feel warmth and welcomed. Your pet will feel that, too.You won’t encounter other pets, and we are deeply sensitive to your pet’s stress levels in everything we do. We have taken many steps to make this as positive and encouraging of an environment and experience as possible. This approach is so positive that often times the animal becomes more at ease as the appointment progresses. And we love that – we believe behavior modification should be a positive and joyous experience.
Behavior modification is about changes in emotional states. Every situation is unique, and it is crucial to understand the unique variables of your pet’s situation. We take great pride in tailoring our recommendations and planning to the individual we are working with. Your pet’s plan will be truly unique and comprehensive.
We see ourselves as part coach, part cheerleader. Changing behavior takes time, so it’s important to celebrate the wins along the way. After your initial session, we will work with you to establish an effective schedule and pattern of reinforcement. Recheck appointments are typically 2-3 months down the road, and we encourage you to set up short training sessions with our staff along the way. Recheck appointments can even be done virtually via Skype or FaceTime.
“When I walked into your clinic in August, I really thought I may have to put Maggie down because of her aggressive behavior. You have no idea how much you’ve changed our lives and outlook. I now understand her a lot better and accept she’ll never be a “normal” dog. And, that’s OK. We’ve been able to modify her behavior somewhat and the anxiety medications have made a huge difference. THANK YOU for what you’ve done to help us!”
“It’s hard to believe that we came and saw you for the first time a year ago. I remember the feeling of complete and utter exhaustion, not to mention the anxiety I felt by having a dog that was growing more stressed and anxious himself in addition to a small child that was going to start moving soon. Desperation would be understatement. Chico’s courage to trust me and continue to work through stressful situations truly amazes and inspires me. Chico’s fate without medication was likely not a happy one, however, today he is in a place where we closely manage and train him. The best part is his continued many successes, and that’s thanks to you!Thank you for all the help and support you have given us with Chico over the past year. It’s truly a blessing to have your nonjudgmental, understanding and support. We truly appreciate it.”
“The end result was nothing short of miraculous.My jumpy, restless dog was now taking naps and sleeping through the night – something I’d never seen before! She no longer alerted to small noises around the house. And she stopped lunging at people and dogs. We began taking obedience classes, and eventually went on to successfully compete in rally obedience, becoming nationally ranked and earning a championship title!
I will always be grateful to Dr. Duxbury for all she has done for Maisy and I.”
“Fritz was a 7 year old rat terrier with severe anxiety issues. He would hide whenever guests came over, refuse to interact with other dogs at the dog park, shake all of the time, and was urinating in our house. We met with Dr. Bryant and started medications and it literally changed his life and our life. After working with Dr. Bryant Fritz is now a confident, outgoing, and happy dog. He eagerly greets visitors at our house, loves going to the dog park and playing and running with other dogs, and his shaking and urinating in the house are very minimal.”