Behavioral Problems are the #1 Reason for Pet Euthanasia

Ten Tips for Preventing Behavior Problems

1. Set rules immediately and stick to them

2. Avoid situations that promote inappropriate behavior, such as youngsters who might tease the pet

3. Supervise a new pet diligently through undivided individual attention and training, and restrict the pet's access to a limited area of the house until training is complete.

4. Encourage good behavior with praise and attention

5. Correct bad behaviors by providing positive alternatives. (A toy for a slipper, scratching post for the sofa.)

6. Never physically punish or force compliance to commands. This may lead to fear biting or aggression

7. Don't play rough or encourage aggression or play biting

8. Expose pets to people, animals, and environments where you want them to live

9. To discourage chewing, use citronella oil, a pinch of cayenne pepper mixed with water, or commercial anti-chew sprays.

10. Take your dog to obedience classes. With patience, even old dogs can learn new tricks.

Call our office immediately if serious or unresolved behavior problems exist.