Behavioral Counseling and Training

At RBAH, the entire Team is trained in utilization of low stress handling techniques for dogs and cats. We strive to make your visits as free from fear and anxiety as possible. We use food rewards, positive association, pheromones, play engagement, mindful placement, and anti-anxiety medications when needed to enhance safety and positive experiences for the Pets, Families, and Pet Healthcare Team.

If you’re concerned about or bothered by an aspect of your pet’s behavior, we can help. Many aggressive, fearful, or inappropriate behaviors in dogs and cats can be modified through a combination of desensitization and counter-conditioning. These techniques can have dramatic results when applied properly. In some cases, medication can also help. We also offer referral service to the expert Board Certified behavior team at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Contact us for an appointment if you’d like to consult with our Veterinarians. Dr. Lapova trained her Dobermans to achieve Canine Good Citizen titles through AKC – feel free to ask about this program!

Terry Harris with West TN K-9 is our partner in well-behaved dogs. While West TN K-9 recently grew too big for our building and acquired one of their own, Terry and Amber are just down the street and some of their trainees board with us, under veterinary supervision. Terry employs a variety of socialization techniques, training methods, and conditioning to help you raise a well-behaved dog, decrease or eliminate unwanted behaviors, and even help with advanced obedience, personal protection, and other service animal tasks. Have the dog you want! For more information,contact