Skip to content

Healthy Pets

Finding Professional Help for Pet Behavior Problems

Font Size
A
A
A

What Kind of Training Does My Pet Need?

Once you’ve determined that you and your pet need some professional help to keep your household harmonious, consider what kind of training or treatment you need. Trainers and behaviorists offer their expertise via group classes, private sessions or consultations, and board-and-train programs.
 

Group Class
 

If your pet needs to learn some basic manners and skills, like sit, down and come when called, you might benefit most from group obedience classes. Group glasses are also ideal for young puppies who need socialization. Of course, if you attend a group class, you won’t get the kind of intensive, one-on-one instruction that you will if you hire a trainer or behaviorist for one or more consultations, but you will save some money. Group classes tend to cost less than private training sessions.
 

Private Sessions
 

If your dog or cat has a specific behavior problem, you’ll need to see a professional outside of a classroom context. Problems like resource guarding (also called possessive aggression), touch or handling issues, phobias, separation anxiety, and aggression toward people or other animals require intensive treatment plans and individual attention from a qualified behaviorist. Other, less serious behavior issues that trainers and behaviorists can’t usually address in a group class include house training problems, excessive barking and destructive chewing.
 

Day Training
 

Day training and board-and train are great services for busy pet parents who don’t have time to devote to training their pets or resolving difficult behavior problems. In day training, the trainer comes to your house while you’re at work, or alternatively, some train your dog in their home or facility. The trainer teaches your dog the specific obedience behaviors you want, for example recalls (coming when called), wait, stay, walk on-leash without pulling, and greeting people and pets politely. If the trainer is qualified as a behaviorist, she can also treat issues like resource guarding, handling issues (fearful or aggressive when touched, groomed or restrained), some other types of aggression, some types of excessive barking or meowing, and some fears and phobias.

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Today on WebMD

Puppy digging hole
Are you putting your pet at risk?
Cat looking at fish
Things we can learn from our pets.
 
dog and kitten
27 ways pets help your health.
tick
Get the facts about prevention.
 
Woman holding puppy
Article
Sad dog and guacamole
Slideshow
 
Siamese cat eating from bowl
Slideshow
cat on couch
Evaluator
 

Love your pets, hate your allergies?

Get tips for relief.

Loading ...

Sending your email...

This feature is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.

Thanks!

Now check your email account on your mobile phone to download your new app.

Cat People vs Dog People Slideshow
Slideshow
Kitten playing
Quiz
 
Orange cat nuzzling woman
Slideshow
German shephard reading a book
Quiz