Pet Behavior Assistance

Pets don't come with an instruction manual but pet owners often have questions regarding pet behavior. Whether you're a first time pet owner or a seasoned pet parent, questions will arise. We have several great resources to help!


Click here to visit the ASPCA's Virtual Pet Behaviorist. Now you can get pet-behavior advice from ASPCA experts 24 hours a day, right from your computer. Their nationally recognized team of animal behaviorists offers possible solutions to a wide range of issues at no charge. 

Have questions about your cat's behavior?

Click here for the Cat Answer Tool, to help you resolve most cat behavior issues such as scratching, biting or litter box issues.

In Person

For in-person assistance we have a formal partnership with The Dog Door, a local, highly accredited, behavior center.

The Dog Doorís highly respected Behavior Team is led by Applied Ethologist and nationally accredited and certified trainer and behavior consultant, Kim Brophey (CDBC, CPDT-KA, BA). Delivering personal and effective professional services and education to WNC dog lovers since 2000, The Dog Door represents the cutting edge of modern integrated canine science. Whatever your petís behavior problems or training challenges may be, they welcome the opportunity to build a bridge of understanding between you and your dog. The Dog Door is well-equipped to address problems ranging from basic manners to severe aggression.

For more information please visit The Dog Door website at: or call 828.656.8305.


Another in-person resource for classes and basic behavior help is Pet Behavior Aid.

The mission of Pet Behavior Aid is to increase the retention of companion animals in their homes in Asheville and Western NC through education and training programs for people who have dogs or cats, animal shelter and rescue workers, and the general community. Their professional trainers can consult with you regarding your petís challenging behavior issues like jumping, barking, scratching and more. For more information, contact or call (828) 707-0644. Visit their website: