Pet Misbehaving? It Might Be Your Fault
Worry, pressure and tension are at the foundation of many trouble behaviours in pet cats and dogs — and in some circumstances, human actions is the direct reason of a pet’s actions. Many pet owners fail to recognize this, though, and rather blame their furry friend for the “terrible” behaviour.
You don’t have to force your pet to face his fears (like nail trims). As an alternative, use positive and effective-reinforcement techniques to help him become relaxed with the tension-inducing activity.
Concerning my knowledge and expertise, dog and cats owners make three mutual mistakes that cause problem behaviour to their pets.
Bellow I mention these mistakes, what they can be, and how to avoid them.
As A Pet Owner Are You Making These Mistakes Too?
First Mistake: Don’t take care about your pet’s body language
The most of the pet owners don’t recognize what their pets are telling them with their body language. Your pet cat or canine may use a very simple body language to respectfully request you to give him some free space. In case that you ignore him or misunderstand his signs, he starts to create greater and more aggressive warnings, like a growl or hiss, to make his message clearer and get it through. Sometimes a pet’s warnings seems like a bite or scratch came out of nowhere. Don’t wait until your pet lashes out. It’s better to familiarize yourself with the early signs of fear and stress and tailor your personal behaviour accordingly.
Second Mistake: Pushing a dog or cat to face its fears
If you are repeatedly exposing an animal to a uncomfortable situation which frightens him, without slow desensitization to relieve the stress, is a very high-risk strategy. This method can increase your pet’s fear and panic rather than decrease it. While it is thinkable that your pet may learn to tolerate and accept all these that scares him (very bright lights, loud noises, kids), it is unlikely that he will ever totaly lose the associated sense of fear or anxiety.
Furthermore, pressure- or punishment-based training strategies can increase anxiety and aggression and worsen the bond of trust between person and a house pet. On the other hand, reward-based strategies, are positive and more successful at helping our four legged friends to learn managing his stress in frightening situations. In few situations, the best solution is to manage the environment around your pet to remove stress factors all together (if possible).
Third Mistake: Forcing a furry friend to tolerate pet care
Forcing a pet to tolerate care that scares or upsets him, such as grooming, nail trims or other procedures, can be physically and emotionally very dangerous for your pet. A stressed cat or dog perhaps is struggling during handling or physically battle and bite to get away. A freighted animal can injure himself and anyone caring for him, including veterinary staff, groomers — even his owner. This can compromise a pet’s ability to get necessary veterinary care. A better approach is to teach the pet that calm cooperation earns ample rewards. Such efforts are important both in the home and other places of care, including the veterinarian and the groomer. The mission of Fear Free Certified Professionals is to protect both the physical and emotional health of pets during care. Talk to your dog trainer or veterinarian or groomer about fear-free strategies to help your pet receive the care he needs without fear and anxiety.
With all behaviour problems, your first stop should be your veterinarian’s office, to make sure your pet’s behaviour isn’t connected to a medical issue (especially if the behaviour is new to your pet). Once your pet has a clean bill of health, talk with your vet about finding a veterinary behaviourist or reward-based trainer to provide the help your pet deserves.
With all behaviour problems, your first forestall must be your veterinarian’s workplace, to make sure your pet’s actions are not related to a medical problem (in particular if the behaviour is very new to your house pet). As soon as your puppy has a very good health, speak along with your vet approximately finding a veterinary behaviourist or reward-based pet trainer to give to your furry friend the assist it deserves.