Dog Behavioural Problems

Although we, as pet owners, want animals to become part of the family, this is not always without problems. Just as communication differences between humans can lead to tension between family members your pet may ‘misbehave’ because they are trying to tell you something. It is important to remember that our pets are not the same species as us and sometimes we don’t understand each other.

 

The most important part of treating any behavioural problem is working out what your pet needs to be happy and how you can provide this for them whilst earning their respect. A lot of behaviours that we dislike in our pets are actually natural and normal for that species. Examples of this include barking (dogs), catching rodents (cats) and pulling fur out and digging (rabbits).In moderate amounts most people accept these behaviours, however, when they become excessive it causes problems.

 

Behaviour Advice and Consultations

 

If your pet does things that you are not happy about then it is important to seek advice before it causes a deterioration in your relationship with them.

 

Special consultations can be arranged for behavioural problems. We work closely with a number of local animal behaviourists and one of our nurses is a qualified behaviourist.

 

Common Problems

 

Below are lists of problems that people often ask advice for, so if they sound familiar don’t despair. There are many people having the same experiences and help is only a phone call away.

 

Puppies

Mouthing/nipping
Toilet training worries
Inappropriate chewing (and swallowing)
Nervousness
Car concerns
Eating own (or others) faeces

Dogs

Fears – Noises (i.e. fireworks, thunderstorms) or things (people, objects, the Vets)
Excessive barking
Destruction in (or of) the house
Toileting inappropriately (i.e. in the house)
Aggression
Over exuberant behaviour (i.e. jumping up on people)
Chasing things (cats, cars)
Self-mutilation
Senile changes
If you have a pet that is showing any of these, or different behavioural problems, please contact us so we can help you and your pet.