Living Happily with Your Pet
~ Pet Behavior Library ~
If you’re lucky enough to share your life with a pet, you already know that the relationship requires commitment and perseverance. Surely you remember when you last came home to a chewed up pair of slippers (or worse!), a litter box accident, or an eerily quiet house thanks to your dog’s “Hairy Houdini” escape act.
Pets provide us with unconditional love and companionship, and even lower our blood pressure. But sometimes they can make our blood boil when they act like, well, animals. Sadly, for too many animals exhibiting behaviors their caregivers can’t deal with, their fate is tragic: They are given up, or given up on.
Behavior problems top the list of reasons for pet relinquishment. Thousands of other pets are given up because of lifestyle changes or human health issues. Still others are given up because their caregivers couldn’t find animal-friendly rental housing, or because their owners simply had unrealistic expectations about what it meant to care for a pet.
For all these reasons, Beartooth Humane Alliance has compiled a collection of informational sheets to help caregivers meet the many challenges of pet ownership. Our goal: to lower the number of animals relinquished to shelters—or otherwise given up on—because of breaks in the human-animal bond.
For more information on behavioral issues, please visit the ASPCA Ask the Expert:Dog and Cat Behavior or Humane Society’s Dog Care and Behavior Tips and Humane Society’s Cat Care and Behavior Tips
Understanding Aggressive Behavior in Dogs
Solving Barking Problems
Calming the Fearful Dog
The Canine Escape Artist
Crate Training Your Dog
Dog Bite Prevention
Dog Toys and How to Use Them
Dogs: Destructive Chewing
Dealing with a Dominant Dog
Housetraining Your Puppy
Nothing in Life Is Free - A Training Technique for Dogs
Positive Reinforcement Training Your Dog
Dealing with Normal Puppy Behavior-Nipping and Rough Play
Dealing with Normal Puppy Behavior-Chewing
Reducing Separation Anxiety in Dogs
How to Stop Your Dog from Digging
Dealing with Submissive and Excitement Urination
Understanding YourPuppy’s Behavior and Development
Using Aversives to Modify Your Dog’s Behavior
How to Usea Head Halter