As the home to a Boarded Veterinary Behaviorist, our team is dedicated to using science based, professionally tested medicine, behavior modification, and communication techniques, in order to bring back and maintain strength in the human-animal bond.
What do we do?
"Behavior" is a relatively new field in veterinary medicine. At its core, our discipline focuses on assessing undesired or abnormal behaviors in companion animals, determining their underlying motivation, and creating a plan to change it. Ultimately, our team’s goal is to make pets happy, comfortable, and confident. This will result in a better relationship with the family and ensure everyone’s quality of life.
As a team of veterinary behavior professionals, we take a truly holistic approach. We determine if the pet is physically healthy, have appropriate structure and predictability, adequate enrichment, and truly understands what is expected of them. Only then do we determine if there is an underlying behavior disorder that needs medical intervention.
For many of our patients, behavior therapy is a life-long process. It is not realistic to expect immediate change. We wish we could make guarantees for our patients, but there are too many variables that go into “success.” We do, however, guarantee that we will be with you every step of the way. You will receive all the tools we have at hand, support for those difficult times, and coaching to keep you moving towards your goals.
While the majority of our patients are dogs, we also enjoy working with our feline friends, rabbits, ferrets, pigs, and birds. Any critter that can walk into our door can benefit from our care.
Our Richmond Location is getting an upgrade! They've been working out of Level Up! Dog Training for the last year and are finally closing in on their own location. Congratulations to Dr. Learn and her team! We'll share more updates as we get them.
Starting next Monday, our team will be back in the office full time. While we will need to physically see all new patients in some capacity, we are still offering remote sessions for medication follow up and training appointments.
Our team is slowly transitioning back to in office appointments. Dr. Pike is seeing patients at our Fairfax location every Monday moving forward. Hopefully, more of us will be working from the clinic soon!