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Do you love your pet, but not their behavior? You are not alone. Your pet’s behavior significantly affects the quality of life of your pet and your entire family. Just like medical conditions, behavioral issues can be diagnosed and treated, using specific modifications that can help change the behavior and renew the bond you have with your pet. Ankeny Animal and Avian Clinic is one of the only veterinary clinics in the Des Moines Metro area to offer behavior services.

Our behavior coach Emily will work one-on-one with you to help find the cause of the problem and create a behavior modification plan designed to provide the best benefit to you and your pet. She has 10 years behavior experience, and the ability to provide consultations in your home or over the phone. In order to pursue a behavior consultation, your pet must first be seen by one of our doctors, in order to rule out a medical cause. Once a behavior diagnosis is made, the veterinarian and the behavior coach then work together to provide the best plan for your pet. Please contact us today!

“The Animal Behaviorist at the AAAC is fantastic. We have a very reactive dog that would not have done well in a group setting. Emily realized this and set up private training (for us as much as Bandit) that allowed him to be successful. Always patient, she took the time to explain what was going on in our dog’s brain, why the strategies would help, and provided feedback to help us master the skills. When we started, Bandit would lose his mind if another dog came within 50 yards. After 5 customized sessions, he was able to approach within 8 feet of another dog without reacting. Emily gets our highest recommendation.”

- Jeremy

“Review for the dog behavioral training. After an incident with my large dog and a smaller dog, it was recommended that I work with a behavioral trainer to be sure the incident wouldn’t happen again. Emily Blythe was a magic worker! We worked with her for 10 weeks (2- 5 weeks sessions) and the difference in my dog is incredible. She is better able to control her impulses, she follows instruction quickly, and she is better behaved overall. I highly recommend this service if your dog has impulse control, aggression, or just needs to be taught a few manners.”

- Jody

For more information, please email the behavior team at aaacbehavior@gmail.com or call the clinic at 515-964-7387.