are some things to keep in mind if you are having a behavior problem with
a pet. First, pets have some requirements that if not met commonly result
in behavior problems. All pets need attention, while the amount of attention
varies from pet to pet and breed to breed a lack of attention can be a source
problem behaviors. Dogs can develop digging, barking, or other destructive
behaviors due to loneliness and pent up energy. These aren’t problems
that can be trained away pets simply must have companionship.
In the case of cats, while they can spend more time alone and still be
happy, they will often let you know that they are displeased with a lack
of attention by relieving themselves in an inappropriate spot, or by snubbing
you upon your return. Many cat owners find themselves snubbed particularly
after a long vacation. If you are out for long periods of time, a pet sitter
or dog walker can be a good solution.
Second, pets aren’t mind readers. If it isn’t clear to your
pet what you want there is no way that they will learn the desired behavior.
One of the best examples of this is pet owners who don’t want their
pet to beg yet give in and feed them treats or food when they do. This
pet will never stop begging because they are being rewarded for their actions.
This is a common mistake in training. If you aren’t clear and consistent
in your commands you aren’t likely to accomplish anything. Finally,
be patient. Some animals simply learn faster than others. Some pets, particularly
young animals with short attention spans, require a period of time to learn
basic commands. With some pets particularly cats and even some breeds of
dogs a pet may simply not be interested in obeying. This can be frustrating
because often the animal is smart enough, but just sees no reason to do
what you want. In these cases it is necessary to be persistent yet realistic.
Training your cat not to scratch the furniture or climb the drapes is realistic,
asking much more than that is likely to fall on deaf pointed ears. Considering
your pet’s needs and point of view will often lead to easier training.