About Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic
Tuft's Animal Behavior Clinic successfully treats many common animal behavior problems, including:
- aggression directed at people or other animals, inside or outside of the home;
- anxiety, including specific fears and phobias such as separation anxiety and thunderstorm phobia;
- compulsive disorders, such as tail chasing, shadow chasing, flank sucking, acral lick dermatitis, psychogenic alopecia, and wool sucking;
- species-typical behaviors, such as urine spraying;
- nuisance behaviors such as excessive barking, digging, nipping, and jumping up on people;
Treatment typically involves a combination of behavior modification for pets and management changes for owners. In some cases, using behavior modification as well as drug therapy is required to resolve the problem. If medication is determined necessary, it is most often used in conjunction with behavior modification and seldom used alone.
Established behaviors take time to change and you should expect a minimum course of behavioral treatment to be about eight weeks. Pharmacological intervention takes longer, and typically requires a 6-12 month course of treatment.