Undesirable behavior: if your dog or cat doesn’t do what you want

From barking or meowing incessantly to scratching and gnawing on your furniture. Sometimes you can feel powerless if your pet shows unwanted treaty. We give tips to deal with this behavior and to improve the situation.

What are possible causes for undesirable behavior?

Undesirable behavior is, as the name suggests, behavior that your pet exhibits that is not desirable. There are several examples of undesirable behavior. Think, for example, of excessive barking or meowing, but also baking envy, biting, begging, scratching and much more. Fortunately, all these forms of undesirable behavior can be stopped with enough patience and a few clever tricks. But in order to understand the behavior, it is good to first see if there might be a cause behind it. For example, biting or barking in dogs can be caused by fear or stress. Boredom, for example when your pet is alone for too long, can lead to unwanted behavior in the form of excessive barking. In addition to fear, stress and boredom, territory guarding and uncertainty can also be a cause for barking, or spraying in cats, for example. If you are able to determine the cause of the behavior, the first step has been taken to solve the behavior.

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Socialize your pet

It is very important to properly socialize your pet. Socializing actually means: getting your pet used to other people, animals and other things in the environment and daily life. by you kitten to socialize at a young age make sure he is confident and happy as an adult cat. Socialization is also important for your puppy. by you puppy socialize you teach him to deal better with his environment and you can prevent fearful or aggressive behavior later in life.

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Undesirable behavior in dogs

There are several examples of undesirable behavior in dogs. For example, think of:

  • Jump up
  • Unwanted biting (into stuff)
  • begging
  • Excessive barking
  • Baking envy (aggressive defense of the feeder)

These forms of undesirable behavior can cause many worries and negative situations. Fortunately, they can all be remedied with a good portion of patience and the necessary repetition. We go deeper into these forms of unwanted behavior in dogs in the blog we wrote about it. in the blog Unlearn your dog unwanted behavioryou will find how to proceed in these situations.

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Unwanted behavior in cats

Cats can also exhibit undesirable behavior. There can be several reasons for this behavior. Examples of unwanted behavior in cats are:

  • Peeing outside the litter box
  • Spraying
  • Unwanted scratching or biting
  • Jump on the counter

Ideally you want your cat not to do these things. They are unpleasant for yourself and sometimes also for the cat. Jumping on the counter, for example, can be dangerous. Unfortunately, it happens regularly that cats burn their paws on a red hot stove. Fortunately, these forms of undesirable behavior can also be unlearned with the necessary patience. We wrote a blog about it. in the blog “Unlearn unwanted behavior from catYou will find various forms of undesirable behavior and we will give you tips on how to deal with it.

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An adult animal and undesirable behavior

Bad socialization can cause unwanted behavior at a young age. If you buy a puppy or kitten, you are largely responsible for the education of your animal and you can identify undesirable behavior in time. If you adopt an adult dog, things are a bit more complicated. Often you are not sure what the animal has experienced and this makes it more difficult to trace possible causes of undesirable behavior. Especially with an adult dog with a backpack, it is advisable to call in the help of a professional to get ahead and solve the problems.

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Follow a course

Although good intentions and a lot of patience can go a long way, sometimes it is not possible to solve your dog or cat’s behavioral problems yourself. You can then enlist the help of a behaviorist for your pet. By means of therapy or following a course, there is a good chance that you will still succeed in solving the behavioral problems.

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Finally tips

To summarize all the information briefly, we have listed some tips. If your dog or cat shows unwanted behavior and you want to do something about it, start with these tips:

  • Try to find the cause of the behavior.
  • Make sure that the environment is not a reason for undesirable behavior. are you making house therefore dog friendly or if you have a cat, get one cat friendly home.
  • Reserve enough time for the education of your dog or cat. Also take socialization very seriously; this can prevent problems later in life.
  • If you are going to deal with unwanted behavior, be very patient.
  • Be consistent and straightforward, don’t say “yes” one time and “no” the next.
  • Reward good behavior and ignore bad behavior. You can reward your animal with a healthy and responsible snack, but eating too much can be harmful. Therefore also reward with your vote
  • Enlist the help of a professional if you can’t figure it out yourself.

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