Well-behaved pets are a pleasure to live with and to be around. They're easier to handle and to take on walks. They're more pleasant to have in our homes, safer around strangers, and they're also better at welcoming guests. We love our pets — no matter what — but a pet with good behavior makes loving them and developing a strong bond with them that much easier. At Wesson Animal Clinic, we're proud to provide behavior counseling to all of our pet patients and their owners because having a well-behaved pet actually mostly involves teaching pet owners the proper way to train and handle their pets.
Pet Training with Positive Reinforcement
Whether you're teaching your new kitty how to use the litter box or training your dog to walk on a leash, come when called, or to refrain from jumping up on guests, positive reinforcement is the best way to help them learn. Reward-based training encourages pets' good behaviors with treats and love. Reward-based training not only helps pets learn which behaviors you expect (and which behaviors earn treats), it also helps strengthen the bond between pets and their humans — a benefit which punishment-based training tactics do nothing to develop.
Common Behavior Problems to Address with Reward-Based Training
- Anxiety and fear
- Biting and/or other aggressive behaviors
- Destructive habits, like chewing or shredding furniture
- Excessive vocalization
- Jumping up on people or countertops
- Pulling on the leash
- Soiling your home
Never Ignore Changes in a Pet's Behavior
When a pet's behavior changes or your pet suddenly starts exhibiting unwanted behaviors, it could be an indication of a health problem. Although unwanted behaviors can be unpleasant and annoying for pet owners, they're often the only early indication of more serious medical concerns. Paying close attention to your pet's behavioral changes can help you catch signs of diseases before they cause more serious symptoms. If you notice any behavioral changes in your pet, contact us right away.
Behavioral Counseling at Wesson Animal Clinic
At Wesson Animal Clinic, our veterinarians serving Mobile, Alabama and the surrounding areas, are happy to help you with all your pet behavior and training needs. We welcome you to contact our clinic for more information or to schedule an appointment today.