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.

Dog


 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

Training

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

Puppies

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

Fear

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

Other

Dig This: How to Get Your Dog to Stop Digging
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

 

Cats


 

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

Biting

What to Do with a Cat Who Bites When Petted

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

https://drsophiayin.com/blog/
http://www.vet.cornell.edu/FHC/health_information/FelineBehavior.cfm
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/common-dog-behavior-issues
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/common-cat-behavior-issues