Oh sure, it’s all fun and games when it’s someone else’s pet that misbehaves, but when it’s your pet, in your home, it may not be quite so funny.
I think I’ve experienced the gamut of misbehavior during my years of living with animals. Some issues are fairly simple to resolve while others can require a good deal of time, training and even medication to correct.
No one wants to admit the situation with your animal companion is unbearable or seems utterly hopeless. However, if you’re having to consider re-homing or surrendering your pet to a shelter, please let us help you and your animal companion before you’ve reached the point of no return.
STEP 1 – Has Something Changed Related to Health?
If suddenly your pet begins to exhibit a new, unwanted behavior, consider if there may be a health issue that is causing the problem. It can be easy to disregard this piece of advice, thinking that every website about pets mentions this, but let me share my story about a beautiful Siamese cat.
About six years later she began to behave oddly. At first I thought perhaps the other cats were bothering her in the litter box. I set up a fourth litter box hoping to resolve her inappropriately eliminating in the family room.
One day I was unloading groceries. Lil came into the kitchen and squatted on one of the plastic bags, right in front of me. It was that moment I knew something wasn’t right.
After a few trips to the vet and several tests later, it was discovered Lil had become diabetic. If I had simply gotten upset or angry about her behavior I may have never know her uncharacteristic actions were related to her health.
My point of telling this story is to guide you to start with a visit to your veterinarian first. Many times, there is a health reason the animal’s behavior has changed.
STEP 2 – Has Something Changed in the Environment?
Until recently, your relationship with your dog has been great but now he seems to bark at every single noise. Let me share this story about Bowser.
As you can see, from Bowser’s point of view, he was unable to perform the job he had assigned to himself and that was watching over his family and making sure they were safe. After moving an older chair in the front of the picture window, Bowser was once again able to maintain his watch duty and the excessive barking stopped almost instantly.
STEP 3 – Has Something Changed in the Relationship(s)?
You recently broke up with your boyfriend and now your cat is acting down in the dumps. At first you were concerned she was ill. A checkup confirmed she was healthy and everything looked good. She is still lethargic and not her usual playful self.
Yes, it’s true. Our companions experience the same type of emotions we do. And yes, they do experience grief and loss. In Muffin’s case, she had felt the tension in the home, but she didn’t realize that meant her male human was leaving, never to be seen or heard from again. A few weeks after she began taking a custom flower essence and had several acupressure sessions, Muffin began to process her loss and return to her happy, kitty self.
Let Us Help!
You are invited to contact us for additional information and a free 15-minute consultation to see if our services might provide you with a path from complete chaos to perfect harmony in you and your animal companion’s lives.