An effectively disciplined chinchilla is not possible through berating, hurting or scaring the animal. No matter how difficult the act of disciplining is, pet chinchilla owners should be mindful of the aura they project at all costs. First, resorting to physical actions like scaring or hurting the animal will only serve as a major setback for the goal you have in mind. Your efforts, no matter how intentionally good, will be non-effective.
The Proper Way to Discipline Your Pet Chinchilla
The key to being able to discipline a pet chinchilla is actually showing genuine care, compassion and fondness for it. As a response, the chinchilla will be more accepting, calm and obedient. If the exotic pet does happen to do things you’d prefer it not to, a stern warning is sufficient. A firm ‘No’ is the best thing to do to discipline a pet chinchilla. However, it would be wise not to overuse the word as it will push the pet into a sensitive or protective state.
Some owners will really have trouble in getting in the habit of saying ‘No’ as there are chinchillas with no particular personalities. These chinchillas are quite vocal and tend to be harsh, abrasive and/or moody. Chinchillas can and will know when their owner’s mood has settled down and has stopped being hostile. Once they are sure that no harm is intended for them, they will gradually warm up and learn to approach the owner again.
When the Chinchilla Is Too Withdrawn or Hostile
Should a pet chinchilla be already withdrawn due to negligence or abuse, it is best to have its behavior rehabbed. Rehabilitation is often either instructed or performed by a veterinary expert. As an owner, you will have to be mature about the situation and be extra loving and careful of the exotic animal. Being calm, non-threatening and patient is a must in helping rehabilitate and discipline a pet chinchilla.
What to Expect When Disciplining Goes Awry
Chinchillas are naturally wary, fearful and fidgety; heightened voice tones and negative vibes could escalate their fear quickly. If treated in such a way, chinchillas will withdraw, avoid the owner, and become extremely stressed out. Like humans, pets like chinchillas are aware of heightened emotions like anger and hostility. In reaction to it, they will become defensive and overprotective. Abusive means used to discipline a chinchilla will only most likely result in a rebellious pet. Chinchillas are known to spray urine at their target when hostile.
Owners who are not abusive (verbally or physically) that get sprayed on don’t often know where such behavior comes from. There is, however, always a root cause for such animal behavior and will most likely have something to do with falling short of the pet’s needs. In the chinchilla’s case, the issue would be safety.
Despite the appearance of being threatening and hostile, chinchillas and most pets are really more in need of care than discipline. It is perhaps the most effective means of establishing boundaries in pets of all types.
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