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Behavior Help

These tip sheets are part of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Pets for Life® program, designed to keep pets and their people together. Since millions of animals are given up each year, many because of behavior problems, the solutions—to the most common pet behavior problems and related issues that cause people to give up their pets—contained on these tip sheets can help people address behavior issues with their pets before relinquishing them.

Also here is a link to a wonderful article and NPR broadcast about dog behavior.  This gives you very helpful tips and gives you a general understanding on dog behavior. Title is John Bradshaw On The New Science of Understanding Dog Behavior.

Behavior Helpline

If you still need assistance after reading this information, please contact this Behavior Helpline with your concerns or questions.

The tip sheets are PDF files. They can be viewed in Adobe® Reader®. If you do not already have Adobe Reader, you can download it for free.


Aggression between Cats 

Aversives for Cats 

Cat Toys and How to Use Them 

Destructive Scratching 

Discouraging Free-Roaming Cats 

Fearful Cats 

Introducing a New Cat to Resident Pets 

Kitten Development 

Litterbox Problems: Prevention 

Litterbox Problems: Solutions 

Managing Kittens Rough Play 

Positive Reinforcement Training 

Talkative Cats 

Toxoplasmosis and Pregnancy 


Understanding Aggression in dogs

Aversives for Dogs 


Crate Training 

Destructive Chewing 


Dog Toys and How to Use Them 

Introducing your new dog to your resident dog


Fearful Dogs 

Head Halters 

Housetraining your puppy

Re-housetraining your adult dog

Positive Reinforcement 

Puppy Development 

Puppy Nipping and Rough Play 

Separation Anxiety 

Submissive/Excitement Urination 

Training Basics    

Cross-Species Issues

Caring for Pets When You are ill 
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Cleaning Stains and Odors 
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Coping with Allergies 
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Preparing Pets for a New Baby 
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Selecting the Right Pet for Your Kids 
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Unusual Eating Habits 
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