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Pet Owner Tips: Working Through Pet Problems And Finding Solutions

Pet Owner Tips: Working Through Pet Problems And Finding Solutions

Co-leading with your pets can help you identify issues and treat them positively.

Being a pet owner can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming, especially if you are a first-time pet owner or have just adopted a new pet whose temperament you are unfamiliar with. Just like children, pets can sometimes be unintentionally destructive or problematic. But, unlike children, they are not able to tell us why they are acting the way that they are, so we are not always able to find an appropriate solution for the problem.

Unfortunately, when some of these pet issues occur over and over again without any solution coming to mind, it causes some owners to reach maximum frustration and they often rethink their commitment to their pet. Some pet owners often believe that surrendering their problematic pet will be better in the long run, because they simply do not have the patience or the commitment to solve the issues that are happening in the home. However, this only leads to the ever-growing problem of pet overpopulation throughout the world.

When many pet owners reach this desperate decision in their life, it is not so much that they do not care about their pets or that they are not invested in making things work. Instead, it is most likely that they have no idea what to do moving forward and how to make their situation better; they do not know how to co-lead with their pet.

Speak To Someone About The Problems Occurring

Instead of surrendering your pets when times get rough, you should instead think closely about the problems that are occurring and speak to a pet professional, such as a veterinarian or animal trainer, to determine what exactly you can do fix the issue. Even talking to other pet owners can be helpful.  They may have experienced similar issues and have some ideas or advice! There are a number of great online pet forums where you can talk back and forth with pet owners about a number of topics. Some of our favorite online pet forums include:

Often times when we are too close to a situation and are dealing with it day after day, we are unable to step back and look at the problem as a whole. However, getting a second person’s perspective may help to give you a better idea of what is causing your pet’s frustration or problems.

For instance, we were recently speaking with one woman who was having problems with a pet that she had recently rescued who had a particularly destructive attitude when she brought her home. After discussing what was going on at home, what her home life was like, and how the pet was reacting in different situations, we were able to determine that the problem was related to separation anxiety. This woman was working full time, managing a family and a small child, and was pregnant with another, and the pet was feeling anxious. Though they love their dog, this person was at their wits end and didn’t want to take the animal back to the shelter.  They had actually rescued her from being euthanized at a shelter where she most likely ended up in the first place because of the destructive behavior caused from separation anxiety. After identifying what the problem was, we were able to come up with a solution for her to try going forward.

The Problem With Pet Surrender

When many people think about the problem of pet overpopulation, they often picture pets that are born to no home or no family. However, many of the pets that come into pet shelters had loving homes at one time that had simply surrendered them for a number of reasons―problems with the living situation, lack of time for a pet, temperament problems of the pet, etc. However, many of these issues could be easily fixed with a little commitment from the owner and could dramatically decrease the problem of pet overpopulation.

Many of these pets are simply looking for a connection with their owners, and it is what we as pet owners yearn for as well. Connection is why we continue to breed more than 4 million pets every single year, and it is important to remember this connection when problems arise in the home.

If you are having problems with your pet at home are interested in what you can do moving forward to create a better environment, be sure to contact Texas Alliance For Homeless Pets today! Don’t give up on your pets, because they will never give up on you!

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