Helping Pets Who Have Behavior Problems
Marhya Johnson, CVT
All Pets Medicine, Surgery, and Rehabilitation Clinic
Binx, our adorable three legged friend is in desperate need of some behavior modifications. Binx is very fun loving and full of energy. He enjoys getting all the attention from everyone at the clinic and from all the visitors that stop in throughout the day. With all the commotion that goes on at the clinic one would think that he would have more than enough stimulation to keep him busy and out of trouble. Unfortunately that just isn’t always the case, and sometimes he gets into trouble by doing things that we don’t want him to.
However, we are not alone when it comes to having one of our furry family members not behave like we would like them to. Many of our clients are in this same boat or have been in the boat and made it to shore. Those that have made it to shore we applaud you! Those who are in the boat with us, stay strong. We will make it together.
I feel that behavioral information should be easily accessible to everyone. There shouldn’t be a secret to having a well-trained animal and it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. I feel that the only way to make this happen is to be well educated and to properly educate others. If we are able to understand why an animal acts the way it does, maybe we will be able to prevent certain behaviors from occurring. Maybe this will help decrease the number of animals that are surrendered to animal shelters each year because of behavioral issues. Most animals are naturally loving creatures and should be enjoyed. We are committed to that at All Pets Clinic.
Having a properly trained and behaved pet is the dream of all pet owners. In order for this to happen it takes dedication and hard work from both the owner and the animal. The owner must be diligent and determined. Training an animal takes time and can be a long process. Animals are creatures of habit. After some time of training things will become routine for them, it will be second nature, eventually requiring no verbal command.
Some animals will be more eager to learn than others and some will cooperate more than others. This depends on the breed, species and the age of the animal. Puppies and kittens may have a shorter attention span versus a five year old dog or cat. A Lab may have more energy versus a Great Dane.
Here are the actions we will be taking with Binx. We plan to introduce him to clicker training, to put a good method in place for interacting with him when he is not behaving the way we want. We want a method that promotes positive reinforcement and demotes negative reinforcement. We may need to use some medication to help calm his nerves and his anxiety. If an animal’s anxiety is shooting through the roof it is hard for them to learn and obey. We want him to be open to learning throughout the process, and as soon as he is trained taper him off any meds because he will no longer need them.
Dealing with behavior problems is a process. One must remember that hard work does pay off in the end, so don’t give up and stick with it! Remember you are not alone and we are here with any questions or concerns you may have. Good luck!
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