More pets are euthanized everyday because of undesirable behaviors than from medical problems. The sad fact is that many of the behavioral problems could have been prevented or corrected. If only pet owners could have had the proper information and/or tools in the beginning, these situations could have been avoided and our animal shelters would not be so full.
As a pet owner, we learn quickly that our pet’s requirements go far beyond the basic needs of providing food, water and shelter. We also learn the importance of parasite and disease prevention.
Though all of those needs mentioned are very important, we have still missed a vital component to a long and healthy life for your pet: interactions with your pet. These are everything from playing, walking, and feeding, to socialization and formal training. These are probably the biggest challenges an owner faces when deciding to add a new member to the family.
COMMON BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS
Aggression towards people
Aggression towards other dogs/pets
Jumping on furniture
Jumping on people
Fear of loud noises
Stealing food items
Our goal at Gulf Breeze Animal Hospital is to provide our clients with the tools and information needed to raise a healthy and happy pet.
Many of the unwanted behaviors listed above are caused by a lack of knowledge. Young animals are often much easier to work with because they have not had a chance to learn undesirable behaviors, or they are still impressionable enough to correct bad ones. Though it is our goal to be involved from the beginning, sometimes it just is not possible or situations arise later in life. Whatever behavioral issues you may be having, at any stage of your pet’s life, we will do what we can to help.
Some of the topics that we may discuss during pet visits:
Housing breaking/litter box training
How to reduce food aggression
Importance of handling feet, ears, mouth etc.
Preventing destructive behavior
Importance of puppy classes and when to start
Importance of obedience training and when to start
Puppy Socialization Classes and Basic Obedience Classes
Informative client education articles are available that discuss many of these behavioral conditions. Go to the library page of our website and choose behavior, click on canine or feline and type in the topic of your concern.
A well socialized and obedient dog will be a happy member of the family. .
The key is preventing bad behaviors before they start. If you are having a problem that isn’t mentioned please ask us about it. If we don’t have the answer we will direct you to someone who can help.
Please make an appointment with us today so that we can help you create that everlasting bond with your pet.