First Regional Animal Hospital FIRST Regional
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Chandler, AZ
(480) 732–0018
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Behavior Understanding your Pet’s Behavior

We treat behavior problems in companion animals, manage cases requiring psychoactive medications and offer preventive behavioral counseling. While dog training is useful for general obedience, it will not solve all behavior problems, particularly aggression issues. The term “animal behaviorist” is not a protected term, so anyone can use it. Check the educational credentials of anyone claiming to be an animal behavior expert before pursuing treatment for your pet. Our treatment protocols are based on scientific information about animal behavior, psycho–pharmacology, learning theory, and behavioral medicine.

What is involved in a behavior consultation?
The initial behavior consultation will take place in person with you, your pet and Dr. Sung. A typical in person consultation usually lasts 1.5–2 hours with follow–up consultations to be conducted by telephone as needed.
1) You will be asked questions regarding your pet’s behavioral background and problem.
2) Your pet’s behavior will be observed as it interacts with you and others.
3) Your pet’s problem, treatment options and behavioral goals will be discussed.

Treatment consists of environmental and behavior modification. Training tools and natural remedies are often incorporated into the treatment plan. If medical problems are contributing to the abnormal behavior, these issues will be addressed directly or with the assistance of the regular veterinarian. Exercises are demonstrated and instructions are provided for pet owners to follow at home. Exercises focus on relaxation and benign interactions that should not provoke anxiety or aggression.

Succesful outcomes rely heavily on the owner’s commitment and ability to comply with the suggested treatment plan. Clients should expect to maintain follow ups with Dr. Sung to ensure that they are using the techniques correctly and consistently. If the owners are incorrectly doing the behavior modification exercises, they may not see any improvement in their pet’s behavior.

Please contact First Regional Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment or for more information.

What types of behavior problems does Dr. Sung see?
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Inappropriate elimination
  • Destructive behavior
  • Excessive vocalization
What types of animals does Dr. Sung see?
  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Parrots
  • Ferrets
  • and Horses
Behavior Consultation Form
You can download the behavior consultation form and fill it out before your appointment.
Online Appointments
Please use our convenient Online Appointment Form to make an appointment for your pet(s). Making an appointment has never been so easy! Appointments may be made Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 1pm–8pm and Wednesday and Thursday 9am–11am and 1pm–4pm. Read more...

Online Prescription Refills
Please use our Online Prescription Refill Form to request a prescription refill for your pet(s). We will notify you when you can pick up your pet’s needed medication(s) at FIRST Regional Animal Hospital. Read more...

Referral Form for Veterinarians
Please print out this form and have your client bring it with them for their visit to FIRST Regional Animal Hospital. View Form (PDF ~85K)

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