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Pet Advice

article-volunteer-behaviourAt the Sanctuary we do our best to assess our animals as they arrive. During the course of their time with us our dogs behavoiur can alter due to the change in their environment. OAS works daily to solve these issues but we can not guarantee a 100% sucess rate for all of our residents.

Behaviour problems can be seen in pets from all walks of life, not just those from rescue centres. Problems in dogs, cats and rabbits can occur for a variety of reasons. Each animal and case is different and causes can be very simple or complex.

Having problems with your pet’s behaviour?

Consult your local vet – As some problems may be caused by medical conditions or illnesses.


Seek expert help from qualified practitioners


Contact us –  Our staff are always happy to help when they can and they love to hear how Sanctuary animals are getting on in their new homes. We are restricted to only offer help to those who have previously adopted from us and to those registered to adopt an OAS resident.


Your pets problems could be caused by:

Lack of socialisation - From 3-14 weeks of age, puppies, kittens and rabbits need to be safely exposed to as many different and new experiences as possible to prepare them for later life. Animals that have not had this early socialisation may grow to be fearful of people, things and places and this can lead to many problems including aggression.

Boredom - pets that are bored through lack of mental stimulation may occupy themselves with destructive behaviour.

Excess energy - A lack of physical exercise can also lead to 'bad behaviour', as a dog must find other ways to get rid of pent up energy.

Owner behaviour - Owners can train their pets to behave 'badly' by accident, by giving them attention at the wrong time.

Unrealistic owner expectations - Because we tend to get very close to our pets, we sometimes forget that they are still animals and may treat them more like children. We may think that they have more 'intelligence' or 'awareness' than they really do and these unfair expectations can lead to disappointment.

Breed specific traits - Certain types of dog have been bred for hundreds of years for specific tasks, which might be incompatible with living in a typical family home.

Bad breeding practices - Unscrupulous breeders may have indiscriminately bred their animals purely for money, without considering temperament.

Inadequate or incorrect training - Without proper training, pets can be uncontrollable.

You can use our charity reference number: 1300057302