Behavior Handouts Library

Welcome to the behavior handout section of the Resource Library. Select the type of animal you are interested in and then use CTRL or CMD to select one or more behavior issues. You can then open, download and print the PDFs, as needed.

Aversives for Cats

An aversive is something that your cat finds unpleasant. It can be used to discourage her from a particular action or place.

Download PDF: cat-avers_0.pdf

Aversives for Dogs

An aversive is something that your dog finds unpleasant. It can be used to discourage her from a particular action or place.

Download PDF: dog-avers_0.pdf

Canine Rivalry

Canine rivalry refers to conflicts between dogs living in the same household. Animals that live in social groups establish a social structure within that group.

Download PDF: canine-rivalry.pdf

Cat Clicker Training

Clicker training uses a precise sound (a click) to tell the cat that he has done something to earn a reward. 

Download PDF: Cat-Clicker-Training.pdf

Cat Toys and How to Use Them

There are many factors that contribute to the safety or danger of a toy. Among them are your cat’s size, activity level and personal preference. Another is the environment in which your cat spends his time. Although we can’t guarantee your cat’s enthusiasm or his safety with any specific toy, we can offer the following guidelines.

Download PDF: cat-toys.pdf

Cats: Indoor vs. Outdoor

If you want your cat to live a long and healthy life, keep her inside.

Download PDF: inout-cats_0.pdf

Challenging Your Cat to Improve Performance and Reliability

By this time, your cat can probably perform a few behaviors, such as “sit,” “touch” and “watch me,” some of the time.

Download PDF: Challenging-Your-Cat.pdf

Children and Cats: Important Information for Parents

Living with a cat can be beneficial to children. Cats can enhance children's self-esteem, teach them responsibility, and help them develop empathy. 

Download PDF: kidscats.pdf

Children and Dogs: Important Information for Parents

Living with a dog can be beneficial to children. However, children and dogs may not always automatically start off with a wonderful relationship

Download PDF: kidsdogs.pdf

Choosing a Boarding Kennel

Need to go out of town? A boarding kennel can give your pet quality care while you’re away, giving you peace of mind. However, before you load Fido and Fluffy into the car and drive them to the nearest kennel, it's important to do your homework and find the right kennel for your pets, then you’ll need to prepare your pets for boarding.

Download PDF: boardkennel.pdf

Cold Weather Tips

Your cats and dogs will be happiest and healthiest, regardless of the season, if you keep them inside with you. Here are some guidelines for protecting your pets when the temperature drops.

Download PDF: ColdWeatherSafetyTips.pdf

Crate Training Your Dog

Crate training your dog may take some time and effort, but can be useful in a variety of situations.

Download PDF: crate-train.pdf

Dealing With Normal Puppy Behavior: Chewing

Puppies may be just as much work as human babies – maybe more so because puppies can't wear diapers and they have very sharp teeth!

Download PDF: Puppy-chewing.pdf

Destructive Chewing

It is normal for dogs to explore the world with their mouths. However, chewing can be directed onto appropriate items so your dog is not destroying items you value.

Download PDF: dest-chew.pdf

Destructive Scratching in Cats

It’s normal for cats to scratch objects in their environment for many reasons. The goal in resolving scratching problems is to redirect the scratching onto acceptable objects.

Download PDF: scratchcats.pdf

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