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How to Curb Negative Behaviors in Your Pet

Pets are often considered members of the family, and it can be difficult to see them displaying behavioral problems. These issues can lead to stress for both the pet and their owner, but there are ways to help address them. We share our top tips for addressing behavior problems in your pet below.

Check Their Environment

The first step is to evaluate your pet’s environment. Do they have access to everything they need, like food, water, and a place to rest? Is their space too small or cluttered? If your pet isn’t comfortable in their surroundings, it can lead to stress and behavioral problems.

Provide Mental Stimulation

Pets need mental stimulation just as much as they need physical activity. Whether this means playing interactive games, providing puzzle toys, or teaching them new tricks, keeping their minds active can help to prevent boredom and destructive behaviors.

Schedule Regular Check Ups

Regular check-ups with the veterinarian can help to identify any underlying health issues that could be causing behavioral problems. Conditions like anxiety, pain, and thyroid problems can all lead to negative changes in behavior.

Follow a Routine

Creating a daily routine for your pet can help to reduce stress and anxiety. Having regular mealtimes, walks, and play sessions will help them feel secure and prevent behavioral issues from developing. If you have a busy schedule and cannot predictably tend to your pet’s needs, it may be beneficial to utilize a dog walker or doggy daycare to fill in the gaps. 

Consider Training

If you’ve tried all of the above and your pet is still displaying behavioral problems, professional training may be the best solution. A qualified trainer can help you to understand your pet’s needs and how to best address their behavior.

Contact Your Veterinarian Today

If your pet is still experiencing behavioral problems, the best course of action is to consult with your veterinarian. They can help you to identify any underlying causes and develop a treatment plan that will address your pet’s specific needs.