The Roanoke Valley SPCA recommends that you seek assistance from a trainer, veterinarian, or another animal professional before beginning any behavior modification program. For a list of recommended professionals click here.


 New Dog

Open Paw’s Guide To The First Two Weeks With Your New Dog
Adding a Dog to Your Household

 Children and Dogs

Responsibilities for the Parents of the Newly Adopted Dog

Introducing a New Dog to Children


A Foolproof Plan for Potty Training Puppies
Training Dogs to Love Their Crates
 My Puppy Won’t Walk on Leash! 3 Ways to Train Your Puppy to Love Her Leash 
The Learn to Earn Program: Developing Leadership in Humans and Impulse Control in Dogs 

Jumping Up

How to teach your dog a polite greeting


Puppy Socialization: Stop Fear Before it Starts
Puppy Play Biting Leads to Marks on Hands and Arms

Reactive Dogs

Reactive Dog: Foundation Exercises for Your Leash-Reactive Dog


Help Your Shy Dog Gain Confidence
Preventing Dog Bites by Learning to Greet Dogs Properly

Resource Guarding

Treatment of Food Aggression in Dogs is About Finesse, Not Force
A Scientific Approach Can Help You Solve Many Types of Possession Aggression, Part 1: Food Bowl 
A Scientific Approach Can Help You Solve Many Types of Possession Aggression, Part 2: Other Dogs 

Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety – Canine Style
Separation Anxiety Solution: Training Fido That Calm Behavior Makes You Return


Dig This: How to Get Your Dog to Stop Digging
Dog Chasing Cat: Tips for Stopping This Behavior
Inappropriate chewing and household destruction
What To Do About Dog Biting And Nipping Due To Herding Instinct




New Cat

Cat-Proofing Your Home
Introducing Cats
Full House (Living with both Cats and Dogs)

Litterbox Issues

What to Do When Your Cat Poops Outside the Box
Urine-Spraying Cats: How To Deal With Kitty ‘Graffiti’
Feline Behavior Problems: House Soiling


What to Do with a Cat Who Bites When Petted

For articles on behavior concerns not listed above please visit these recommended websites: