Jumping, teething, excited puppies are so cute when they're 8 weeks old- but it's not as cute when they're 8 years old and 80 pounds. How do you make sure you're socializing and training correctly? Adopting a pet as an adult can have especially challenging behavior issues, but with time, patience, and consistency, you can have great behavior results.
Just like humans, pets can develop fear and anxiety disorders. It's one of the most common behavioral problems we see, especially in pets that have been poorly socializing as youngsters or who have gone through a traumatic experience like a move, change in family status, or adoption. Fear disorders can happen after a fight at a dog park, being hit by a car, or a thunderstorm. Cats tend show show behavioral problems by hiding, urinating in abnormal places, and showing aggression.
Puppies and kitties have a critical period of socialization and exposure to the world, approximately 6 weeks to 16 weeks of age. Without great socialization, the likelihood of behavioral issues later in life is much, much higher. Behavioral issues can also be hereditary, so if you're choosing a new puppy or kitten then having knowledge of the pet's parents is a great way to see how they may grow up.
Fixing behavioral issue starts with understanding the why. Why is my pet acting this way? What is the cause? How can I desensitize them to the trigger, or avoid it? Sometimes consistent training is enough. Other times, behavioral medications are needed to help the pet get past their fear in conjunction with training.
Fuzzy offers behavior consultations, both in-home and digitally through our app. Changes in behavior can take a lot of time and effort, but it's worth it to have a mentally healthy pet. We're here to help you through it.