Pet Behaviour Problems

Pet behaviour problems can be challenging at the best of times and in many cases, unfortunately, can lead to the pet being removed from the household. This is a sad and, in most cases, unnecessary step as many pet behavioural problems can be resolved.

The biggest obstacle to resolving these problems is usually a lack of understanding of the cause of the pet's unwanted behaviour. If we can understand what sparks off the unwanted behaviour then we are half way to a solution.

As humans our biggest problem when it comes to dealing with animals and their behaviour is that we often impose a human solution on an animal problem.

For example, your dog might chew your slippers. You whack the dog on the nose with a newspaper to discourage the behaviour. That might work but you stand an equal chance of the dog viewing your action as paying attention to it and so everytime it wants your attention, it grabs your slippers. If you keep whacking it you are in fact reinforcing the behaviour - exactly the opposite to what you think you are doing.

Training a pet is also an integral part of preventing or correcting pet behaviour problems. If the training is done in a humane way, it enriches the human - pet relationship in many ways and minimises potential conflict by reducing undesirable behaviours in the pet.

So the next time your pet behaves in an antisocial way, pause and consider why it is acting in that way and then try to establish a "pet logical" way of dealing with it.

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Now we all know that dogs and cats are very different creatures, but as these 2 behaviour experts demonstrate, pet behavioural problems should not mean having to get rid of the pet.

Remember, while these pet behaviour problems can be annoying, many of them can be rectified fairly simply if you take the time and make the effort to understand why and then respond in a pet appropriate way.