The more you understand your pet and why he or she behaves a certain way, the easier treatment and training will be!
What can affect pet behaviour?
- Genetics! For example, dogs have an inborn desire to dig, cats have an instinct to sharpen their claws on vertical surfaces and abbits naturally go back to the same place to toilet.
- Environment. Think about it! A dog with no shade in the backyard will be more likely to dig a hole to keep cool. A cat with a litter tray that is only cleaned once a month will use the pot plants as a toilet.
Problem behaviour vs behavioural problems?
A problem behaviour is a natural, normal behaviour which is being expressed in an inappropriate way. Generally problem behaviours respond very well to training.
Common problem behaviours include:
- jumping on people
- chewing objects.
True behavioural problems are abnormal behaviours that are damaging to your dog’s health, and may be akin to psychological problems in people.
Some behavioural problems include:
- Noise phobias including thunderstorms
- Separation anxiety or a fear of being left alone
- Obsessive compulsive behaviours such as tail chasing or pacing
- Aggressive behaviour towards other dogs or people.
Your vet can assess behaviour and advise the most appropriate treatment for your fur child. This may involve training or referring to a veterinary behaviourist’s dedicated behaviour modification plan. Some dogs may require medication to help with their behavioural problem.
Contact us at Dr Paws Kotara Vet Clinic to learn more.
We're located opposite Westfield Kotara - the pawfect location for Newcastle pet parents living in areas such as Kotara, Kotara South, Adamstown, New Lambton, Charlestown and surrounding areas!
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