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Archive for behavior

Puppy Behavior Problems

• For the most part, these problems include behaviors that are normal and common to most puppies, but they are not acceptable to the family
• The undesirable behaviors require some degree of modification by training and “shaping” to become acceptable; “shaping” is a behavioral technique that gradually directs the puppy to the desired behavior—the puppy is rewarded for a response that is similar to the desired behavior in a stepwise fashion, until the desired behavior is accomplished
• Training problems include destructive chewing, play biting, jumping on people, and getting on counters or furniture


Kitten Behavior Problems

• Undesirable behaviors exhibited by kittens between birth and puberty
• May include biting; scratching; excessive or destructive play, or both; fear and defensive behaviors


Aggression in Cats

• Aggression can be a normal and appropriate behavior in certain situations, such as allowing the cat to protect itself, or it may be abnormal, with serious consequences for the cat’s physical and emotional well-being
• “Aggressivity” describes both mood and temperamental traits that relate to the likelihood to show aggression when environmental circumstances dictate it might be used