Animal Behavior Consultants of Michigan

Our goal is to prevent, treat and effectively manage behavior problems in companion animals to enhance and strengthen the human-animal bond. If you have any questions about your pet’s behavior please call (989) 448-8083.

We treat a variety of behavior problems in dogs, cats and horses, such as:

Pumpkin, a patient

  • Aggression
  • Barking
  • Separation Anxiety
  • House Soiling
  • Cribbing
  • Thunder Phobia
 What is a Veterinary Behaviorist?
-Veterinary behaviorists are knowledgeable in all aspects of animal behavior and bring an integrated and comprehensive understanding of medical conditions that may either cause or contribute to behavioral problems
-Veterinary behaviorists can prescribe medications to help with pet’s behavior problems such as separation anxiety, phobias, compulsive behaviors and fearful behaviors

Should I see a trainer or behaviorist?
-Having a consultation with a behaviorist when you are experiencing any behavior problem can be beneficial to get you started on the right path. We also have hand selected trainers to help after your consultation to humanely and effectively help modify your pets behaviors in a positive way for you and your pet.

What types of problems can we help with?
-ALL including:
-puppy manners, basic training and socialization.
-Early fearful behaviors such as growling at strangers and dogs, including dogs that do not want to engage in normal social behaviors with dogs or people
-Fear of strangers, fireworks, thunderstorms and loud noises
-Dogs or cats with separation anxiety that also may be destructive or cry and bark when left alone.
-Dogs and cats suffering from older age dementia and confusion
-Same household inter-pet aggression
-Inappropriate house soiling in cats and dogs
-Aggressive and destructive behaviors in cats and dogs

How can we help?
-If caught early, behavior modification alone can often reverse behavior problems
-We can assist new pet owners in starting their pets off on the right behavior wellness path
-We can help pet owners manage complex behavioral issues

What can you expect during your visit?
-Our visits our very in depth, up to 90 minutes. During this time we go over your pets entire history. During your first visit together we come up with a treatment and training plan to ensure success in managing your pet and training to help them succeed!
-We may recommend blood work, lab tests or further diagnostics.

After your appointment?
-We have hand selected trainers that we work with to help you follow our treatment plans and provide training for your pet.
-We are readily available for any questions, concerns or updates by email or phone.

When will you see a difference in your pet?
-Most people notice an immediate change after their first visit. Even if it’s a small change.
-Training and behavior modification can take time, therefore we cannot put a time limit on when your pets behaviors will change.

Will my pet be on medication?
-Some pets do need to start on medication to help them with their current behavior problems. This is typically case by case, although we focus more on behavior modification and training.

For a consultation, please fill in the appropriate Behavioral History Forms


Animal Behavior Consultants of Michigan is based in Southfield, MI, with satellite clinics in Macomb, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Gaylord.

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