Good Dog! 10 Ways to Stop Bad Pet Behavior

Transform your pooch from troublemaker to the best-behaved pet on the block with these simple steps.

  1. Let your pet know who the boss is from the start. Establish the rules and follow them consistently.
  2. If your pet demonstrates poor behavior in certain situations or environments, avoid those situations as much as possible.
  3. If you keep a close eye on your pet, you’ll quickly learn what it needs to be comfortable and cared for.
  4. When you get a new pet, make sure you supervise it closely during training and restrict its access to a small area of your home until properly trained.
  5. Encourage and reward good behavior.
  6. Correct bad behaviors by providing your pet with alternatives (e.g., swap a toy for your favorite tennis shoes or a chew stick in lieu of a table leg).
  7. Positive reinforcement is good. Never reprimand your pet physically or force it to follow your commands, as this may lead to fear and aggression.
  8. Don’t “rough house” with your pet or encourage aggressive behavior, as your pet can’t distinguish between when this is acceptable and when it isn’t.
  9. Slowly socialize your puppy by exposing it to other people, animals, and environments so that over time, it becomes comfortable with its living situation.
  10. If your pet continues to demonstrate serious behavior problems, seek the counsel of your vet or a veterinary behaviorist.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital, located near Jesuit High School on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway offers a full range of companion animal services, including surgery, nutrition and behavior counseling, parasite control and preventative medicine. The hospital also offers advanced imaging through an all-digital spiral CT scanner, a comprehensive dental program and laser treatment.

If you’re looking for quality, compassionate veterinary care in Beaverton, Oregon, come visit us at Laurelwood Animal Hospital.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital

9315 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Phone: (971) 244-4230
Fax: (503) 292-6808

E-mail: [email protected]