If you are reading this article, it’s a good bet that you have a pet or two that you dearly love. Pets are family members and their health and happiness are important to us.
If you love your pets as much as we do, you may enjoy knowing that the San Francisco SPCA is the 4th oldest humane society in America and they founded the No-Kill movement. As a result, San Francisco has the lowest euthanasia rate in the country! It is pretty awesome that no dog or cat goes without a home or medical care in the California area.
A car donation to San Francisco SPCA helps save these precious pets and offers programs that help teach and train them.
Sometimes our pets take their natural behaviors and exaggerate them until it becomes challenging. Things like excessive meowing, barking, chewing, scratching, biting, digging, escaping and so forth can be hard to live with. The most effective solution for resolving these behaviors may be to get help from a qualified professional.
Pet behavior professionals come in four key areas:
- Trainers. Sometimes they are referred to as: Pet Therapist, Pet Psychologist, or Behavior Counselor. Many trainers gain their experience through apprenticeships, seminars or volunteering. Some are certified by special training schools.
- Certified Professional Dog Trainers. To earn this certification, a person must work a specific number of hours as a dog trainer, pass an evaluation test, and provide recommendation letters. A CPDT has to to follow a code of ethics and continue to earn credits to keep that certification.
- Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists. People with this certification have become experts in cat and dog behavior and possibly other pets such as birds and horses. These experts are proficient in behavior modification techniques and normal animal behavior.
- Diplomats of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Veterinary behaviorists can prescribe medications to help treat your pet. Things like phobias, fear of people/object/other animals, compulsive behaviors, and anxiety sometimes require the use of medication to treat.
What Type of Training is Best for My Pet?
- If it’s basic skills and manners that your pet needs to learn, then an obedience class might be best. Young puppies who need to learn social skills benefit from group classes.
- When there is a particular behavior problem, a private training session might be best. A custom treatment plan can tackle issues like handling aggression towards people or animals, home guarding, excessive chewing or barking, house training problems and so forth.
- A good resource for pet owners who are very busy is day training. This is where a trainer will either come to your home while you are at work, or take your pet to train in their facility or home. Specific behaviors can be taught like coming when called, walking on a leash, commands like stay and wait, handling issues and so forth.
The San Francisco SPCA offers an extensive collection of information about dog and cat behavior and has one of the few board certified behaviorists in the nation. Learn about dog training, cat classes, and get answers to tough pet problems on the behavior training page of their website.
Please also consider a car donation to San Francisco SPCA. Your old car can give new life to a neglected or abandoned pet. You will receive free towing of your car and could be eligible for a tax deduction.