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Most problem pet behaviors are not insurmountable

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Everyone with a pet is bound to have a problem with the animal’s behavior at some point. With the right information, you can solve most of these issues. The Humane Society of the United Statesprovides tip sheets on their website that covers dozens of animal behavior issues; as well as information on finding pet-friendly rental housing, coping with pet allergies, adopting pets, and more.

Don’t let challenges threaten the bond you have with your pet. With some effort and patience—and advice from the Humane Society —you can address problem behaviors and keep your pet where he or she belongs: with you.

The pet behavior tip sheets can be found at www.humanesociety.org, then going to the search area at the top of the home page and entering “pet behavior tip sheets.” You can then select the sheets that will assist you in your search for solutions to your pet’s behavior issues.

Some common issues covered by the tip sheets are:

Dogs:

■ Common puppy behaviors (housetraining, chewing, nipping and rough play, etc.)

■ Dog training basics (basic techniques, crate training, positive reinforcement training, etc.)

■ Solving common dog behavior issues (aggression, barking, destructive chewing, digging, separation anxiety, etc.)

Cats:

■ Common kitten behaviors (kitten behavior basics, rough play, etc.)

■ Common cat behavior issues (aggression toward people and other family pets, destructive scratching, fearfulcats, positive reinforcement training, urine-marking behavior,etc.)

■ Litter box problems (preventing/solving litter box problems, removing pet stains and odors,etc.)

Living with pets:

■ Allergies

■ Caring for your pet when you’re ill

■ Finding pet-friendly rental housing

PET CARE TIP FOR THE DAY: To reduce the possibility of cat litter box issues, the number of litter boxes in the home should be one per cat plus one.Feces in litter boxes should be removed at least once a day. If caregiver is using scoopable litter the urine should be removed at least once daily. If caregiver is using a clay-based litter, the box should be emptied, cleaned, and fresh litter replaced weekly.

Karen Cunningham is president of the St. Lawrence Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Ogdensburg.

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