Veterinary Services

Pet Behavior

At Indian Creek Pet Hospital, you can trust that your pets are in great hands. Our compassionate, skillful veterinary staff are here to help when you need us most. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Pet Behavior in Fort Myers, FL

With a team of experienced veterinarians and skilled animal behaviorists, the clinic aims to promote the well-being and happiness of pets while fostering harmonious relationships between pets and their families.
Two french bulldogs on a leash.

Pet Behavior


Dealing with your pet’s behavioral issues can be difficult and overwhelming. It is not always easy to figure out the right type of training or if medication might be necessary, but that is why Indian Creek Pet Hospital is here to help! We can help you decide what will best benefit your pet when dealing with the following behavioral issues:

  • Aggression: When your pet becomes aggressive with people or animals, either in the home or outside of the homes
  • Compulsive Disorders: Symptoms include shadow chasing, tail chasing, tail biting, flank sucking, acral lick dermatitis, wool sucking, and psychogenic alopecia, just to name a few
  • Anxiety: When your pet suffers from any type of fear like separation anxiety or fear from a thunderstorm
  • Species-Typical Behaviors: An example is urine-spraying (marking its territory)
  • Nuisance Behaviors: This includes excess barking, jumping on other people or animals, digging, nipping people or animals, chewing on furniture, clothes, shoes, etc.

If your pet suffers from any of these symptoms or other symptoms not listed, please call us at (239) 466-5555 to schedule a visit for your pet with one of our veterinarians!

Understanding that behavior issues can significantly impact the quality of life for both pets and their owners, Indian Creek Pet Hospital offers comprehensive pet behavior services that encompass various aspects of behavioral health. Whether addressing anxiety, aggression, fear, compulsive behaviors, or any other behavioral concerns, the clinic takes a personalized approach to each case, recognizing that no two pets are the same.

At Indian Creek Pet Hospital, the initial step in the behavior evaluation process is a thorough assessment. The veterinarians and behaviorists take the time to understand the pet’s history, home environment, and relationship with their family. They may also conduct tests and observations to gain deeper insights into the pet’s behavioral patterns. This comprehensive evaluation enables them to formulate a tailored behavior modification plan, considering the pet’s unique needs and the owner’s lifestyle.

The clinic believes in utilizing positive reinforcement techniques whenever possible to encourage desired pet behaviors. Through positive reinforcement, pets are motivated to repeat behaviors that result in rewards, creating a positive association and fostering better relationships with their owners. These techniques are implemented in conjunction with other evidence-based methods to modify unwanted behaviors gently.