When Pets Behave Badly

Since animal lovers think of their pets as part of the family, it can be especially upsetting when Fido or Fluffy’s behavior is unwanted, disruptive, or completely out-of-hand.  Behavioral problems are the number one reason why pets are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups.  Resolving pet behavior problems can be difficult, and there are many outmoded theories and misconceptions clouding the issue.  Here are two books that can help you resolve pet behavior problems.

Decoding Your Dog published by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists explains common dog behaviors, and reveals how to prevent or change unwanted ones.  Of special note is the chapter written by Dr. Stefanie Schwartz on dog aggression, an especially common problem.  Dr. Schwartz does a great job in explaining the different types of aggression, the differences between normal and abnormal aggression, and how to go about managing an over-aggressive dog.

Also written by Dr. Stefanie Schwartz is Dr. Cookie’s Guide to Living Happily EverAfter with Your Cat (Dr. Schwartz was nicknamed Dr. Cookie for her tendency to shower her four-legged patients with pet treats).  This is an illuminating book that explains the mysterious workings of our feline friends, and how to handle unwanted behavioral issues.  This is an informative, yet light-hearted book full of advice and wisdom, written by a true animal-lover.
Dr. Stefanie Schwartz


Dr. Stefanie Schwartz, Veterinarian and Board-Certified Specialist in Veterinary Behavior, will be at the El Toro Branch Library on Friday July 18th from 1-2pm to discuss solving pet behavior problems.  This program is part of our "Paws" to Read Summer Reading Program for Adults,  and is free and open to the general public.

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