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Modifying Behavior Problems

There 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.

 

 


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