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Pet Behaviour Counselling

Learn more about our counselling services and how they can help you and your pets

Our Behaviour Counsellor

At Vets4Pets Newmarket we have an experienced and qualified pet behaviour counsellor, Sharon Shipway, who works on referral from veterinary surgeons to treat behaviour problems in dogs, cats, rabbits and other pets.

Sharon's qualifications include:

  • Honours Degree in Animal Behaviour/Environmental Biology from Anglia Ruskin University
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from the University of Southampton
  • Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Therapy from the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology
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Behavioural Problems

Pet behavioural counselling can be used to treat a variety of undesirable behaviours, such as: 
  • Aggression
  • Destructiveness
  • Toileting problems- marking and spraying 
  • Self-mutilation
  • Vocal behaviour
  • Nervousness
  • Car travel issues
  • Livestock chasing
  • General control issues


How does it work?

Sharon works with pet owners to investigate the causes of unwanted behaviour and outline practical treatment plans that are suitable for the clients’ individual circumstances.

Sharon asks owners to fill in a comprehensive questionnaire regarding the pets’ behaviour before booking an appointment, in order to help to save valuable time during the consultation and allowing Sharon to focus on the undesirable behaviour(s) and potential solutions. A copy of this questionnaire is available from the surgery, and once completed and returned Sharon will call to arrange an appointment.

Depending on the problem(s) consultations can be arranged at the surgery, or may be carried out in the owners own home over one or two hours with prior arrangement. Home assessments maybe needed to allow Sharon to observe your pets behaviour in their own environment as they are generally more relaxed, which can help in determining causes of the problem. It also helps to observe interactions in multi-pet households and with different family members.

Booking an appointment

If you are interested in booking an appointment or would like to learn more please give us a call. We will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.

TEL: 01638 676340