Behavior Information

Behavior Information

Below is a list of behavior handouts compiled by the Placer SPCA’s Behavior Department.

For additional help with behavior issues, please call the Behavior Help Line at (916) 782-7722, ext. 3002 or email

All Pets

Is this the best time to adopt?
Grieving the Loss of Your Pet
Positive Reinforcement
Preparing Your Pet For Baby’s Arrival
Selecting The Right Pet For You
Successful Cleaning to Remove Pet Odors and Stains
Territorial Marking Behavior In Dogs And Cats
Unusual Eating Habits in Dogs and Cats
When The Behavior Helpline Can’t Help
When You Move


Aversives for Dogs
Bark! Bark! Bark!
Canine Rivalry
The Canine Escape Artist
Choosing the Right Dog Trainer
Children and Dogs: Important Information for Parents
Crate Training Your Dog
Dealing With Dominance in Dogs
Dealing With Normal Puppy Behavior: Chewing
Dealing With Normal Puppy Behavior: Nipping and Rough Play
Destructive Chewing
Developmental Stages of Puppy Behavior
The Educated Dog
The Fearful Dog
Helping Your Dog Overcome The Fear Of Thunder and Other Startling Noises
Housetraining Your Puppy
How to Solve the Digging Problem
How to Use a Head Halter
Inside or Out? Making Your Dog a Part of the Family
Introducing Your New Dog to Your Resident Dog
Keeping Your Dog Confined to Your Property
Nothing in Life is Free
Re-Housetraining Your Adult Dog
Separation Anxiety
Submissive and Excitement Urination
Understanding Aggressive Behavior in Dogs
Why Dogs Bite: A Guide for Children


Aversives for Cats
Destructive Scratching Cats
Developmental Stages of Kitten Behavior
Discouraging Roaming Cats
The Fearful Cat
Introducing Your New Cat to Your Other Pets
Managing Your Kitten’s Rough Play
Starting Out Right With Your New Cat and the Litter Box
Understanding Cat Aggression Towards People
Your Cat: Indoors or Out
Your Talkative Cat