Begging behavior can lead to obesity, and more unfortunate consequences if left uncontrolled or not addressed. So, for your pet’s health and well-being, it’s important that this problematic behavior is nipped in the bud as early as possible.
When you and your family are dining, you can control the situation by:
- Putting your pet in another room or crate during meals.
- Ignoring the begging behavior (all members of the household must be consistent with this).
The important thing to remember about aggression is that talking to your veterinarian early is key. Aggressive behavior is easier to treat early in the process instead of after it has become ingrained. If you can find the trigger for your pet’s aggression, all the better.
- Use basic commands such as sit and stay, and control your pet with a leash to help manage the behavior.\
- Only initiate contact with your pet when it is calm.
Aggression can be a result of anxiety so the underlying cause should be addressed with your veterinarian.
Your veterinarian can work with you to find the underlying cause for the undesirable behaviors and design a treatment plan that is specific to your pet. Treatment may include medications, environmental enrichment and behavior modification.