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Dogs that attack or constantly pull on the lead, are hyperactive, go the toilet on the kitchen floor, bark endlessly, growl or nip at children or adults, scratch at door frames when confined or hide under tables and chairs whenever visitors arrive. They are showing behavioural problems.

Cats that are aggressive or scratch your favourite furniture or 'pee' on curtains and chairs are also showing behavioural problems. Most of these behaviours are normal reactions (unless they are truly extreme) made by a disturbed animal but they are usually unacceptable to humans.

' Many behavioural difficulties are not the result of inadequate training. Dogs that are thought of as antisocial are often displaying 'territorial or fear' aggression and need clinical treatment rather than training. Aggressive dogs can learn such behaviours or may have inherited poor temperament. Dogs that are destructive or display inappropriate urination and defecation in the absence of their keepers are neurotic They cannot communicate their fears or confusions in a language that can be easily understood by most humans.

Not all dogs are friendly towards others! Not all dogs are friendly towards others!

The most common cat behavioural problems, such as spraying and furniture scratching for example, have nothing whatsoever to do with a lack of training. This behaviour is a feline way of expressing insecurity and doubts regarding the world they perceive to be an inner territory.

Most dogs share the best attributes of their particular breed; German Shepherds are excellent at guarding, Terriers are tenacious, Border Collies are best at rounding up sheep and obeying signals and Retrievers/Labradors are, as to be expected, skilled a retrieving. These same canine talents can also present difficulties for owners when errant dogs are unsure of their position within the family. Perhaps the worst of these difficulties is aggressiveness or insecurity, Both conditions are often displayed alongside a general disobedience. Pedigree, cross breeds and out and out mongrels can all develop behavioural problems.

Dr David Sands offers a BEHAVIOURAL CLINIC 'home visit' session or a clinic session, a personal service, which includes an extensive report, treatment therapies, advice and follow-up discussions which will deal with most pet behavioural problems.

Common Behavioural problems in dogs -

Over-excitability, car phobia, tail chasing and recurring 'habits', aggression towards family members, strangers and other animals, disobedience, excessive barking, destructiveness, chewing, scratching and inappropriate urination and/or defecate. 'Separation-related disorders' and 'introvert' or withdrawn and neurotic behaviours are also common in some dog breeds.

Common Behavioural problems in cats -

Spraying, soiling in the home, aggressiveness, intermittent litter tray usage, inappropriate hunting, destructive scratching, periodic absence and insecurity. Intraspecific (cat-cat) aggression.

Common Behavioural problems in birds -

Self mutilation, aggressiveness, handling problems, excessive vocalisation and insecurity.

Common Behavioural problems in horses -

Inappropriate chewing (stable boredom), aggressiveness, refusal to school, noise phobia, handling problems, fear of horse boxes and intraspecific aggression (horse-horse). These, and other more unusual behavioural difficulties such as anorexia and coprophagia, can often be resolved during a single session with the correct application of drug free therapies. The success rate is extremely very high. So don't put up with pet problems

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