Stepping Stone Behavior Assessment

A behavior health assessment is recommended when there is concern that your pet may be suffering from an emotional issue that may include fear, anxiety, stress, or aggression. A detailed behavior health assessment is completed in your home that includes video observations and a detailed history. An assessment with immediate recommendations and comments will then be sent to you and your veterinarian with a follow up plan.

Behavior Health Assessments

Stepping Stone becomes your veterinarian’s eyes and ears as we provide our findings and recommendations to them.


What to Expect

  • You will receive a history form to complete once your appointment has been confirmed. It is important that you return this information no later than 24 hours before the scheduled appointment time.
  • Additional history will be taken upon arrival.
  • If possible, all family members and pertinent caregivers should be present for the assessment.
  • You may be asked to ignore your pet during the assessment. This helps to determine how much your pet seeks attention from you.
  • Make sure your pet is hungry (but not starving!) and have favorite treats available.
  • During the assessment, videos clips maybe taken and used in your pet’s assessment.
  • The behavior health assessment will typically lasts 1-2 hours. After the assessment, a detailed report that includes video clips and a training plan will be emailed to you, your veterinarian and other team members.
  • The assessment includes assessing and prioritizing your pet’s current issues, coordinating communication between the team members and teaching you to apply a treatment plan.

Assessment recommendations may include:

Behavior Concerns to Watch For


  • Hyper excitability
  • Overly mouthy puppies
  • Training difficulties
  • Handling problems (can’t trim nails, etc.)
  • Fears and phobias
  • Separation anxiety
  • General anxiety
  • Aggression

Register for a Behavior Health Assessment here

What Stepping Stone Cannot Do

We cannot diagnose an affective (emotion-driven) behavior disorder. In these cases, it’s important to work with your veterinarian. However, an assessment may help with that decision.

If an assessment indicates an emotion-driven behavior disorder, we will refer you back to your veterinarian or to Purdue’s Animal Behavior Clinic.


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