Behavior and Training

Adjustment period for newly adopted pets and how we can help

At Great Plains SPCA, we take pride in offering a lifelong, full-circle approach for pets and their human companions with our three-pronged approach: prevention, adoption and retention. Amidst the hardships of the last year, we are frequently getting asked if our retention rates have fluctuated. Our return rate is 7.3% and luckily has not increased …

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Fourth of July Pet Safety

The Fourth of July is coming up soon, which means FIREWORKS!!! Humans can’t seem to get enough of fireworks and love to celebrate the Independence Day holiday. However, many animals are absolutely terrified of Fireworks and they may cause animals extreme anxiety and in worse case scenarios, to even run away from their homes out of panic. …

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Help calm your dog’s separation anxiety

Certified animal expert, Ashley Flores, CPDT-KA, Director of Animal Behavior & Training at Great Plains SPCA, has a few tips to help calm your dog’s separation anxiety after quarantine! Need more specific behavior and training advice about your pets? Ashley is now offering Virtual Training Sessions at just $30 for 30 minutes! Email behaviorteam@greatplainsspca.org to …

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What to do when your pet has Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety can be incredibly frustrating for many new pet owners and is one of the most common behavior challenges. Animals that have separation anxiety will display destructive behaviors when left alone, excessive barking, growling, digging, and may even defecate and urinate frequently when left alone. In more severe cases, you may even see aggression …

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