All pets have behaviors that can drive their humans nuts. If you are noticing some pet peeves with your pet, what can you do? These tips will help you identify the root cause of the problem, so you can put a stop to it.
Behaviors stemming from instinct
Some pet behaviors that are pet peeves of humans are simply part of a pet's normal instinct. A cat is going to claw the furniture to keep his claws in good working order. Puppies will chew on things to help with the teething process.
If a pet behavior is driving you batty, consider whether or not it is normal behavior for that type of animal. If it is, you will need to redirect the behavior to something appropriate. Your cat can be taught to scratch on a post, and your puppy can be given appropriate chew toys.
Behaviors stemming from anxiety
Some pets will act out when they are anxious. Confining a dog in a small room, for example, may cause the dog to chew the door or claw the carpet in an anxious attempt to get out. Cats may display aggression when they are anxious from too much human interaction. A cat or dog trainer can help you with these behaviors.
Behaviors stemming from boredom
Finally, some negative behaviors can stem from simple boredom. Pets need frequent interaction in order to avoid boredom. Some behaviors in both dogs and cats stem from not having enough stimulation. These behaviors may include:
Chewing, whining, barking, clawing
Anxious behaviors If your pet is experiencing these, start by making sure he is getting enough exercise and playtime. Consider hiring a pet sitter or dog walker to help. If you can't be home to play, consider hiding food or treats around your home or in a toy to engage your pet's mind.
If you find that you don't have the time you really want to keep your pet entertained and engaged, CareBooker can help. Contact us to get in contact with a pet sitter or dog walker in your area you can trust to take good care of your pet.