I am retiring in 2024 and not seeing new cases. Please contact Dr Caroline Pet Behaviour Vet for further information. (I am still looking after my current clients’ needs).

Problem Behaviours

Do I need a vet or a trainer?

Problem behaviours such as digging, jumping, barking and scratching furniture may be handled well by a trainer. Experienced and qualified trainers can manage and prevent many problem behaviours.

Understanding how animals learn, how to teach them, and how to teach you, are the core ingredients of effective and skilled training.

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” - Abraham Harold Maslow

More complex problems need expert help

Behavioural problems however, such as those related to anxiety and aggression, repetitive behaviours such as tail chasing and self-mutilation, dementia and elimination problems (toileting in inappropriate places) can be both mental and/or physical diseases which require expert help.

A Behaviour Veterinarian has the skills to diagnose psychological problems, develop an appropriate behaviour modification plan and prognosis and provide or manage drug therapy. Medical conditions which may be contributing to the behaviour can also be assessed and addressed accordingly.

Is this an urgent problem?

For vets and owners who are in need of urgent attention, in times when I cannot provide it, I can offer the assistance of abadog, a service which provides quick front-line advice. A questionnaire is completed by the owner and they will promptly receive a full behaviour report plus excellent behaviour modification advice. A report is also shared with the vet. The vet and client can then review this and decide if referral to me is required or what the next steps will be. All I need to assist with this process is the client's email and pet's name to get this into action. Cost is under $50. Email me at admin@katrinaward.com.au

Animal Behaviour Specialist Tasmania

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"Lily came from NSW RSPCA a very nervous, noisy little dog. We tried to calm her down, reassure her, give treats, but nothing worked. She barked at everyone and everything. Katrina was our dog whisperer and she had all the answers and a special something. She helped us transform our Lily. We now have a very friendly, sweet little bundle of love that we can take anywhere. She’s happy, and so are we. Thank you Katrina."

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"Dear Katrina, Thank you so much for all your advice and support with my cat. She really was the “Cat from Hell” and now is quite tolerable. My one regret is that I didn’t contact you sooner. It isn’t overstating to say you’ve saved my sanity and her life."

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" I found the class really great. I learnt a lot about why a puppy does something and how to deal with unwanted behaviour. Also, the reward system works great and I have found it to be an excellent way to train my puppy."


“My miniature poodle puppy was very frightened and anxious. I spoke with my vet who referred us to Dr. Katrina Ward. I was able to speak to Katrina and voice my concerns and she made a time to visit us in our home environment. From this first contact I felt so confident with Katrina and her ability to see Maisie's problems. Katrina gave me the skills, knowledge and a plan to help manage Maisie's insecurities as well as a folder with many hints and tips. I was able to keep in touch with Katrina by phone and email over the next few months until I felt Maisie had become more settled. I now have a very happy, relaxed and friendly little dog. My sincere thanks go to Katrina for her professionalism, care, compassion and understanding.”

Ruth Austin, New Town

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