Animal Behavior and Training

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Many pet owners experience behavioral issues that may create challenging and sometimes frustrating problems. Behavioral issues may lead a pet owner to consider rehoming their pet. This page is meant to provide you with information from trusted resources to educate and resolve some common issues.

If you are having behavioral issues with your newly adopted pet, please call the Humane Society of Utah Animal Behavior and Training Department at 801-506-2417 or email

Click HERE for more information about our Pet Retention Program.


Visit the following websites for information on behavior issues, basic care, and training for your pet:

Humane Society of the United States
Best Friends Animal Society
Jackson Galaxy Cat Tips
Dr. Patricia McConnell

Need more help? We recommend the following trainers:

Side by Side Dog Training


Get more information about the following topics below.

Cat Declawing

Feline declawing is an elective and ethically controversial procedure, which is not medically necessary for cats. Declawing entails the amputation of a cat’s third phalanx [P3], or third ‘toe bone.’ Unlike human nails, cats’ claws are attached to the last bone in their toes. A comparison in human terms would be cutting off a person’s finger at the last joint of each finger. 

Read this helpful information from the American Association of Feline Practitioners about alternatives to declawing.

Cat House-Soiling

House-soiling is one of the most common reasons why pet owners relinquish their cats. Read this helpful information from the American Association of Feline Practitioners.