A dog digs a hole in the grass.

Depending on an animal’s patterns and habits, an owner’s reaction to behavioral problems might vary between mild concern, irritation, or outright panic. An increase in frequency or duration of certain behaviors can become extremely problematic, especially if a pet acts aggressively toward others. 

Without a doubt, when behavior problems in pets cause or make dangerous situations worse, it’s time to act. It’s equally important to have them addressed when simply confusing or frustrating in order to stop them from getting out-of-hand. The result is a safer, happier home paired with a pet’s high quality of life.

A Strong Foundation

Most common behavior problems in pets can be solved by basic obedience classes and training and socialization. Pets of all ages and species can benefit from learning the right ways to react and behave, although it is crucial for younger pets to understand simple commands.

Types Of Unwanted Behaviors

The most common behavior problems in pets include:

  • Barking, whining, meowing, or other attention-seeking, repetitive vocalizations
  • Digging
  • Clawing up the furniture
  • Chewing
  • Jumping up on people or furniture
  • Begging
  • Chasing
  • Soiling inside the house (or, for cats, outside the litter box)
  • Nipping or biting

Many issues can be explained by boredom, attention seeking, anxiety, or stress. Some behaviors may be breed or age-specific. Because some behaviors are the result of certain medical conditions, it is important to have them examined. Once we rule out health concerns, we can address why they’re behaving the ways they are.

A Word About Pet Pain

Young animals that have been trained and socialized generally have stable personalities by adulthood. Sudden changes to their behaviors can be explained by pain. A physical examination and routine diagnostics, such as blood and urine testing, can reveal certain age-related illnesses that cause painful symptoms.  

Even subtle shifts in your pet’s habits and behavioral patterns can indicate something is wrong. Note any changes to your veterinarian and keep an eye on them. 

If you suspect your pet’s behavior is related to a medical issue, please let us know.

Pet Separation Anxiety

Many behavior problems in pets can be connected to stress and anxiety about being left alone. If your pet clings to you, attempts to block you from leaving, or gets into trouble while you’re away from home, they may need some support. Chewing, whining, pacing, inappropriate urination or defecation, and destruction of your property can all signal separation anxiety. 

When left alone, symptoms can get much worse. Training, desensitization, and behavior modification can benefit a pet suffering from separation anxiety.

Behavior Problems In Pets

Aggression can certainly be related to pain and stress, and may result in biting. Because of the risk to others’ safety and comfort, owner intervention is crucial. Once medical concerns have been ruled out, a visit with an animal behaviorist may be necessary.

If your pet shows you that they are not feeling their best, let us know. Acting quickly can lead to resolving many behavior problems in pets. Our staff is dedicated to helping you get to the bottom of your pet’s behaviors.