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DOGS: Addressing Behavioral Problems
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Making It Work For You And Your Dog

Behavioral issues are the number one reason that dogs are surrendered to a Shelter.  But remember, few things are more traumatic for a dog than losing his/her family.  So, if your dog has behavioral problems, here are some tips that may help you make it work for both you and your dog before you think about giving up.

  • Be sure your dog is spayed or neutered.  This simple procedure can have a dramatic impact on some behaviors, and there are low-cost spay/neuter operations available. CLICK HERE for information about low cost spay/neuter programs.

  • If your dog is new in your home, it will take a little time to adjust.  Just like a child, introducing a dog to a new home needs a little time, patience and work.  Did you plan for their homecoming?  Did you agree on basic rules and responsibilities? Did you decide about how you will house train?  Did you plan the introduction to other resident dogs and cats?   Did you plan the introduction to your children?  CLICK HERE for some tips on how to successfully introduce a new dog to your home.  

  • Discuss the problem with your vet. Your vet may be able to suggest a training method or even a medication to eliminate the problem.

  • Consult with an animal behaviorist, dog trainer or obedience school. Many of these classes and consultations are very inexpensive and yet have amazing results.

  • Visit the ASPCA website to find out about common dog behavior issues to help you and your pup address some of their behaviors and habits.  CLICK HERE to visit their website for articles on how to solve canine behavior issues.