Published By: Orna Ghosh

Pet Parent Problems Solved: Training Tips & Solutions for Common Behavioural Issues

For all the joy our furry (or feathery or scaled) companions bring, they can sometimes present challenges that leave us scratching our heads. From unwanted barking to litter box woes- these common behavioural issues can test even the most patient pet parent.

But fear not! Here's a treasure trove of training tips and solutions to get your pet back on track and your household running smoothly.

Teething Troubles. For puppies, chewing is a natural part of development. Provide plenty of safe chew toys like teething rings and frozen Kongs filled with treats.

Boredom Busters. Destructive behaviour often stems from boredom. Offer stimulating toys, engage in regular playtime, and rotate toys to maintain interest.

Exercise is Key. A tired dog is a well-behaved dog. Ensure your pet gets enough daily exercise through walks, playtime, or interactive games.

Schedule & Consistency. Establish a consistent potty schedule for your pet, taking them out frequently, especially after meals and playtime.

Positive Reinforcement. Reward your pet with treats, praise, or playtime immediately after they get eliminated outdoors.

Clean Up Accidents. Clean up accidents thoroughly using an enzymatic cleaner to remove any lingering odours that might tempt repeat visits.

Identify the Trigger. First, figure out what triggers your dog's barking. Is it excitement at the doorbell, fear of strangers, or separation anxiety?

Desensitization. Gradually expose your dog to the trigger in a controlled environment. Reward calm behaviour and ignore barking episodes.

Teach "Quiet". Use a calm voice to say "quiet" when your dog barks. Once they stop, reward them with a treat.

Ignore the Leap. Don't greet your dog with attention when they jump- wait for all four paws to be on the ground before petting.

Reward the Calm. Keep treats handy and reward calm behaviour during walks, especially when your dog isn't pulling on the leash.

Leash Training. Invest in a comfortable harness instead of a collar. When your dog pulls, stop walking and wait for them to loosen the leash before continuing.

Gradual Departures. Start with short absences and gradually increase the duration over time. Leave your dog with a safe chew toy or puzzle feeder to keep them occupied.

Desensitize Departure Cues. Practice picking up your keys, putting on your coat or other routines associated with leaving without departing.

Create a Safe Space. Provide your pet with a designated safe space like a crate or a comfortable bed where they feel secure during your absence.

Nail Trimming. Regular nail trims prevent excessive scratching that can damage furniture. Ask your veterinarian or groomer for guidance if needed.

Provide Scratching Posts. Offer sturdy scratching posts made of sisal or cardboard, and place them in areas where your cat likes to scratch.

Positive Reinforcement. Reward your cat for using the scratching post with praise or treats to encourage the desired behaviour.

Cleanliness Counts. Maintain a clean litter box! Scoop waste daily and completely change the litter every week or two.

Location, Location, Location. Place the litter box in a quiet, easily accessible location away from high-traffic areas and food bowls.


  • Patience is Key. Training takes time and consistency. Be patient and celebrate small victories.
  • Consult a Professional. If you're struggling to address a specific behavioural issue, don't hesitate to consult a certified animal trainer for personalized guidance.

By understanding the root cause of your pet's behaviour and implementing these solutions with patience and positive reinforcement, you can create a harmonious and happy home for you and your furry (or feathery or scaled) friend!