PAWS offers free, one-on-one assistance and information about behavior issues for cats and dogs for residents in Western Washington through our pet Behavior Helpline. Before submitting your question, please read how you can improve the chances of successfully modifying your pet’s behavior and understand when the helpline can’t help.
Your patience and involvement are the most important elements to recognizing, attempting to understand, and modifying any behaviors you may be experiencing with your cat or dog.
Unwanted negative behaviors don’t develop overnight, and therefore cannot be resolved overnight. Many unwanted behaviors can be successfully eliminated, but you must be committed to a six to eight-week training period to get the desired results.
If you are genuinely willing to work with your animal to overcome unwanted behaviors, then PAWS’ behavior helpline can aid your efforts.
It’s been our experience that many of the inquiries are about common behavior concerns. Our Resource Library contains information on a wide variety of cat and dog behavioral topics so we encourage you to explore the library before contacting the helpline. The ASPCA also offers a Virtual Pet Behaviorist that provides step-by-step advice to solve many behavior issues.
The volunteers and staff who respond to the helpline inquiries have completed an extensive training program. However, there are some problems we can’t resolve over the phone because it isn’t safe or appropriate to diagnose certain behavioral problems without observing in-person the animal’s postures and reactions to certain stimuli.
PAWS believes in lifelong commitments to companion animals, but you may determine that even after working with your pet, you need to find him a new home. Information on how to find a new home for your animal, or to find out if PAWS can take your animal, is available on the Can't keep your pet? section of our website.
If you have tried some of the suggestions listed above and still need help, you can send a message to a specially trained person at PAWS who will respond to you as soon as possible. You can also call 425.787.2500 x860.
Please note: PAWS is located in Lynnwood, Washington, and due to the volume of inquiries, we are not able to provide phone or e-mail assistance to people outside of Western Washington.