• Aggression

    • Calming Collars
    • Sergeants Stop That!™ Behavior Correction Spray

    There are many ways that dogs and cats show aggression in their behavior. Often it’s expressed as dominance, possessiveness or antisocial behavior. In the case of a dog, it can be growling or barking, rough play or fighting with other animals. Cats might hiss or bite if approached, petted or scratch. The cause is usually associated with an underlying fear, or it could be the need for dominance or an act of frustration.

    Whatever the underlying cause, it’s one of the top behavior problems in both dogs and cats. If aggression becomes too frequent, it can be frustrating — and dangerous — for the pet to remain in the home. That’s why it’s important to do something about the problem behavior in your dog or cat right away.

    Using a pheromone product and training in combination can be very effective. As always, consistency is important to success.

    Pheromone Therapy

    Pheromones can be an effective way of soothing the fear and frustration at the center of the aggressive behavior in dogs and cats. Pheromone collars, like the Sergeant’s Vetscription Calming Collar (dog, cat), and a noise-and-pheromone spray, like Sergeant’s Vetscription PetSTOP! Behavior Correction Spray (dog, cat), offer a great combination. One spray when the pet is engaged in problem behavior emits an attention-getting noise to stop the behavior. The pheromone is so effective that pets don’t want to continue the problem behavior.

    The collar contains calming pheromones that last for 30 days and go everywhere with the pet. This constant contact with the pheromones helps the pet overcome stress and fear that can lead to the initial problem behavior.

    Training Tips

    The sooner you can act on your dog’s or cat’s aggressive behavior, the better. Look for the physical clues that act as warning signs and then get ready to act.

    • Startle your dog or cat with a loud noise, without making physical contact, to interrupt the behavior
    • Avoid situations that lead to aggressive behavior
    • Limit access to areas or items that are the source of aggressive behavior
    • Introduce alternative activities such as using a toy to play with cats and dogs rather than your hands
    • Reinforce good behaviors by using praise, petting and food treats. For example, if a cat is aggressive toward visitors, have someone come and stand far enough away where an aggressive response is not triggered — and reward the pet with a treat. Allow the visitor to get closer and closer over time until the cat associates positive responses with visitors.
    • Be sure to keep children and others away from aggressive dogs and cats that can be a danger to them