A BROMSGROVE veterinary practice is holding a free event to help pet owners with dogs who behave badly.
The event, hosted by veterinary surgeon Joao Teotonio at Clent Hills Vets, will address a variety of common behavioural issues such as separation-related anxiety, compulsive behaviours, noise phobias, aggression or generalised anxiety.
‘An Evening with JT’ takes place at 7pm next Monday, October 23, at Bromsgrove’s Clent Hills Vets in Bromsgrove.
Following an informative presentation, pet owners can meet Joao and ask questions about their own pet. The event is free but pre-booking is required and spaces are limited.
Joao spent three months in Australia learning Behavioural Medicine with Dr Kersti Seksel, one of the world’s top specialists in the subject. Since then Joao has taken a special interest in dog behavioural disorders.
Many pet owners think their dog is seeking attention or being naughty but the behavioural problems could run much deeper and are often related to mental disorders which result in the pet suffering and damage to the bond between the dog and their bond.
Joao said: “The importance of animal behaviour and psychological well-being is increasingly recognised in the veterinary profession.
“If you think your pet might have a behavioural disorder it is important you seek the help of a qualified professional.
“Unqualified help could have a long-lasting worsening effect on your pet’s behaviour.”
He added behavioural changes could be due to an infinite number of reasons, including pain and unrelated diseases.
“Seeking the help of a veterinarian will help you understand the cause behind your pet’s change in behaviour,” he added.
Residents can call 01527 889810 or visit www.clenthillsvets.co.uk/about-us/free-events/ to book places.