Posted on 2017-01-12 14:53:23
If there’s one thing that saddens us more than anything else, it’s when an animal is adopted from our SPCA, only to be returned a few weeks later because the new owners have decided they don’t want it after all. And often it’s the animal’s behaviour that causes the problem.
All new pets need time to settle in and learn what you expect of them – especially puppies and kittens. Be prepared to invest time and effort in training your new pet. Puppies benefit from socialisation classes.
Older dogs that have picked up bad habits will require patient and repetitive correction from you. Remember, rewarding good behaviour works better than punishing bad!
Cats are more difficult to train – but that doesn’t mean you have to live with bad habits! Provide a scratching post for those that like to sharpen their claws on your couch or curtains. You can discourage hunting – or at least make your kitty less successful at it – by having him or her wear a collar with a bell on it. The elastic type is safer to prevent choking if the collar gets snagged on a branch or window catch.
Give it time
Puppies and kittens are playful and adventurous – it’s what we love about them! They also have boundless energy and are easily bored if you’re not around much during the day.
When you’ve just replanted the same dug up seedlings for the fourth time, or thrown away the umpteenth chewed up sock, it’s easy to feel discouraged. But suddenly, a few months later, you realise the youthful high spirits have quieted down and your dog or cat has matured into a delightful and trouble-free companion!