Many behaviors that are completely natural for dogs and cats—like barking or meowing, scratching, biting, digging, chewing, escaping, and running away—can prove to be challenging for some pet parents. Although advice abounds in the form of popular TV shows, books, and well-meaning friends and family, often the best and most efficient way to resolve your pet’s behavior problems is to seek assistance from a qualified professional.
If you're noticing behaviors that are outside of what's considered normal for your pet’s developmental stage, don't try to go it alone, we can help! Our team will first examine your pet for any possible physical causes of the behavior problem. If we can rule out a physical cause for the problem behavior, we'll help you learn how to correct or manage the problem through training, behavior modification, and sometimes drug therapy.
Arlington Animal Hospital believes in the necessity of behavior training in all species of animals. This section is here to help you, the owner, to have a better understanding of different behaviors, as well as how to train your pet the best way possible. We want to work with you and your pet on their behavior to ensure your and their safety, as well as providing them comfort in their daily lives.
Here are some helpful articles on some of the most commonly seen behavior issues from some trusted resources:
Dr. Sophia Yin - Cattledog Publishing: Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, CAAB, M.S. Animal Science (1966-2014) was a veterinarian, applied animal behaviorist, and the author of many books. Her knowledge, leadership, and research have become invaluable in transforming our relationships with the animals in our care. As an internationally renowned expert Dr. Yin developed Low Stress Handling™ techniques for animal handling and behavior modification. Through rigorous testing and research, she created a new standard of care for Veterinarians, Petcare, and other Companion and Farm Animal professionals.
American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
The professional organization of veterinarians who have achieved board certification in the specialty of Veterinary Behavior. These individuals, Drs. Pachel & Pankratz among them, work with individual pet owners, other animal professionals, and facilities that care for animals in order to manage behavior problems and improve the well-being of animals.
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
A group of veterinarians and research scientists dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through an understanding of animal behavior.
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
This coalition encompasses veterinarians, animal trainers, animal shelter employees, academics, and practicing consultants who may not fit neatly into one of the aforementioned categories, all of whom are dedicated to standardizing and supporting the practice of animal behavior consulting for companion animal behavior problems within the public sphere.
Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians
By unifying veterinary technicians with a focus in behavior, the SVBT enriches human-animal interactions by promoting scientifically based techniques of training, management, and behavior modification. The SVBT includes technicians who have achieved their specialty in behavior as well as those with an interest in the field.
Association of Professional Dog Trainers
A coalition of pet dog trainers dedicated to bettering the methods of dog training through education and research, for the advancement of trainers everywhere.
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ASPCA Pet Care & Behavior Tips
The ASPCA’s nationally recognized team of animal behaviorists offer possible solutions to a wide range of “stock” behavior issues. They provide potential solutions with easy step-by-step advice, and their large database helps you to pinpoint a variety of common behavior problems for dogs (found here) and cats (found here).