Pet Care Behavior Topics and Resources
Does your dog chew up your furniture or is your cat scratching it? Maybe your dog is barking too much when he’s in the backyard, or your cat isn’t using her litter box. Or perhaps you’re dealing with something more serious like aggressive behavior, separation anxiety, reactivity, or fearfulness.
If your pet has a behavior issue, you have somewhere to turn for help and advice. The Sacramento SPCA offers free behavior advice and low-cost consultations to the public, whether or not the pet was adopted from our shelter.
The following questions will help direct you to the services most appropriate for your particular issue(s).
||WHAT TO DO:
|Are you interested in training your dog in the basics (how to sit, stay, come when called, etc.)?
||Click here for information about Sacramento SPCA dog training classes
|Are you having a behavior issues with your own pet(s) that wouldn’t be resolved after reading through our handouts?
- For dog behavior help, click here
- For cat behavior help, click here
| Did you want to train your dog to be a service dog (providing a service to an individual with a disability or medical issue) or a therapy dog (that visits children, seniors, hospital patients, etc)?
- Click here to see a list of service dog trainers in the Sacramento area.
- Click here to see a list of therapy dog organizations in the Sacramento area.
- The Sacramento SPCA has a therapy dog program called Love on Loan. For more information please call 916-504-2846.
- Consider enrolling your dog in training classes at the Sacramento SPCA as preparation for being a therapy dog. The intermediate class prepares you for the Canine Good Citizen certification, a good first step for certifying a therapy dog.
|Are you having a problem with someone else’s pet?
For example, maybe your neighbor’s dog is barking too much or your roomate’s cat is attacking your ankles every time you walk by.
- Talk to the owner of the animal and refer them to this webpage to obtain help from the Sacramento SPCA.
- If that’s not possible or doesn’t work, call the appropriate animal care and regulation agency for your area to learn about laws concerning animals, and to get help. Click here for a list of these agencies in the greater Sacramento area.
|Did you want to report a stray animal or possible animal abuse situation?
- Call the appropriate Animal Care and Regulation agency in your area to learn about laws concerning animals and to get help. Click here for a list of these agencies in the greater Sacramento area
- Click here for the Sacramento SPCA web page describing what constitutes abuse or neglect of an animal
|Does your issue concern a wild animal?
||The Sacramento SPCA only deals with behavior issues for pet animals.
- We do have a trap/neuter/release program for feral cats. Click here for more information on this program, information on feral cats in general, and links to other feral cat resources.
- Click here for a list of organizations and agencies in the greater Sacramento area with wildlife care programs and other wildlife information.
|Do you have questions about your pet’s health
||The Sacramento SPCA provides the following types of veterinary services to the public:
- Spaying and neutering – More Information
- Vaccinations, microchips, and licenses – More Information
- Flea control
- If you are having a health issue with a pet adopted from the Sacramento SPCA within the last two weeks, please contact the Adoptions Supervisor at 916-504-2858.
- If it has been more than two weeks, please contact your veterinarian.
- For help with veterinary bills, check out this page of Pet Medical Assistance organizations.
- Click here for a link to Pet Medical Assistance information provided by the Humane Society of the United States website.