Behavioral Handouts

For your convenience, you can access informational handouts regarding common behavior issues that we come upon on a daily basis.

Barking: Sometimes we consider barking a benefit, expecting the dog will alert to danger, and save us from intruders. Too often the barking becomes excessive, costing dogs their homes and even their lives. Solutions to barking problems come from how you manage and train your dog.

Crate Training: Crate-training is easiest in puppyhood, but at times it’s both necessary and feasible to train an adult dog to rest calmly in a crate. 

Destructive Cats: We ask a lot of our cats, and take the adjustments they make to live with us largely for granted.

Destructive Chewing: Puppy teething doesn't surprise most families, although just how much puppies use their teeth may. 

Fear: Dogs can develop fear of any person, place or thing. Considering that the same thing happens in humans, this isn't surprising.

House Training Puppies: Successful house training depends on aligning your handling with the dog’s instincts and helping the dog develop the habits you desire. Also, check out this handout on the 10 Easy Steps to Housetrain Your Dog!

Litter Box Blues: Many times people see inappropriate elimination as one problem, when in fact it's potentially several problems, some of which may be related - or not.

New Baby: Parents are wise to think ahead about how they will manage the dog they have now with the baby they have coming. The earlier you start to prepare your home and your dog for the upcoming joyous event, the better.

Puppy Aggression: A puppy’s chances of developing aggressive behavior depend both on genetics and on how people handle their puppies.

Senior Cats: A cat’s health changes with age. Physical and mental changes occur, just as they do with people.

Senior Dogs: Senior dogs are the best. They know you well, you know them well, they are smart and seasoned and worth their weight in gold. They’re also worth special care to keep them well and happy for as long as possible.

Separation Anxiety: Since dogs are pack animals, it's not surprising when a dog experiences anxiety at being left alone. With the right help, most dogs can learn to remain alone calmly for reasonable lengths of time.

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