Behavior Training For People & Their Pets
At Pacific Animal Hospital, we understand that a well-trained pet is a happy pet. Our professional staff offers more than 45 years of experience in guiding pet owners in addressing behavioral issues and training concerns.
Pets that soil in the house, refuse to come when called, or show aggression to their owners or others often leave their owners frustrated and discouraged. Simple techniques for basic training can be used to help pet owners and, as a result, enhance the human–animal relationship.
Consult your Pacific Animal Hospital professionals for information, advice, and resources that will assist you in working with your pet. We can help determine if there is a physical issue that is causing problem behaviors, such as a urinary tract infection or intestinal parasites, or if basic training techniques would be useful. Even changes in the make-up of your family or a move to a new home can cause a behavioral change in a pet. We work with you to find the cause of your pet’s misbehavior and offer solutions and resources to assist you in restoring a positive relationship with your animal companion.
Prevent Pet Behavior Problems Before They Start
To prevent the development of problem behaviors in pets, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) offers these tips:
- Set rules immediately and be consistent.
- Avoid situations that promote inappropriate behavior.
- Observe the pet and provide what it needs (food, care, attention, and entertainment).
- Supervise the 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 completed.
- Set them up to succeed! Encourage good behavior with praise and attention.
- Correct bad behaviors by providing positive alternatives (a toy for a slipper, scratching post for the sofa).
- Never physically punish or force compliance to commands, which can lead to fear, biting, or aggression.
- Don’t play rough or encourage aggression or play biting.
- Expose pets to lots of people, animals, and environments.
- Contact your veterinarian if serious pet behavior problems occur.
Please understand that these are general guidelines to apply to common pet owner experiences. At Pacific Animal Hospital, we discuss your pet training successes and challenges at each wellness visit and offer guidance to pet owners who struggle with pet behavioral concerns.
Don’t wait! The longer a negative behavior is exhibited, the more difficult it is to correct. Contact our office with questions and concerns about your pet’s behavior.
For formal pet training organizations and resources, we recommend that you: