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Covers aggressive behavior exhibited by pets towards humans, other pets, or other animals in general

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Who should win at tug of war?

I love playing tug of war with my dog. This is partially because he didn't show interest in toys at all early on, and getting him to actually pay attention to a tug rope was a long and often ...
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What causes a dog to lunge at an unknown child and how should the owner respond?

I have a 2.5 year old pitbull/boxer mix. He is a rescue dog, and is extremely aggressive towards other dogs (and I will probably be asking many questions about that). However, he has always been ...
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How to introduce my aggressive dog to other canines?

My dog Rex is a rescue dog, and an aggressive one. He was known at his former shelter for breaking out of his cage and fighting other animals. He will see another dog at 500 ft. away and start "...
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What to do when moving next to a bird sanctuary with a loosely-domesticated cat?

I'm about to move and a really promising location in a new city and it's surrounded by a large forest and bird sanctuary. That's great to me, but to my cat I suspect it will mean the beginning of his ...
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What is the optimal age to neuter a male dog?

It seems de-sexing a male dog will assist in preventing undesirable behaviors that can surface with an entire male dog; for example aggression, roaming, cocking the leg to urinate. Is this true? If ...
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Cat reacts randomly to tail and enters frenzy

I have a 1.5 year old cat that will be sitting quietly on a stool, chair etc, and then he will, apparently at random, react to his tail movements and run away and sprint around the house. There seems ...
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How to get cats to coexist in peace?

My cat is a big neutered male and my sister's cat is a small female. Both cats are three years old. When my sister is away on holidays I have to take care of both cats. Unfortunately, they hiss at ...
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How can you tell if neck biting between dogs is too rough?

We have two dogs. One is a 4 year old male and the other is a new dog we adopted over a week ago who is a 2 year old female. They are both the same breed (Alaskan husky) and roughly the same size. ...
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How much dominance is normal in 2 cats at play

I have 2 cat's, one is young (8 months) and the other is 1.5 years old. During play, the older cat always takes the role of the chaser and the younger cat always runs away. I had read somewhere that ...
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Cat sometimes becomes aggressive

My cat is almost always nice and calm, but sometimes his pupils delate, he stares at me intently, then raises on his back legs to reach my arms while I'm sitting in a chair and strikes me with his paw....
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How should I react to two fighting cats?

Several questions have addressed how to get cats to get along together. How to stop two male cats from fighting How can I encourage two cats to get along? How do we handle two female cats in the ...
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How to react when a dog lashes-out at his dog friend?

I have three dogs and I can say that they get along very well 99% of the time they are together (which is technically most of the time). Sometimes they start a fight out of the simplest thing that ...
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Why does my cat get aggressive when I'm inhaling loudly?

Recently I've realized that my cat gets very nervous, and even aggressive, if she hears me snorting loudly several times, even when she's a long way away from me. If I start doing so, she immediately ...
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Does hissing always mean fear or aggression?

Does hissing always mean fear or aggression or it can be a part of the play? Sometimes when playing hide-and-seek or chase games with a kitten, he allows himself to be chased into a corner, and then ...
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How do I reduce my hound's intense prey drive (towards squirrels and cats)?

I have a Plott hound mix - rescue. He's a sweet heart. I've had him for 4 years and we've managed to smooth out most of his edges. I'm still struggling a bit to handle the [very] sporadic meltdowns ...
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How to proceed with a pet snake that starts jabbing when held?

I was considering adopting a milk snake. She's 5 ft. long and the first time I held her she was very friendly, wrapping herself around both my arms, and mostly staying in that position. I held her for ...
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How can I stop a cat from preventing another cat in the house from using the litter box?

When going to work, two cats are left alone in the house. When coming home at night, there's a big mess on the floor. The only solution so far has been to put the aggressive cat inside a cat carrier ...
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Integrating a small kitten with an older cat

We have a 10 month old male cat (virtually full grown) and we recently adopted a 6 week old male kitten. we did everything the internet recommended regarding this situation (separating them in ...
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Can't tell if cats are playing with or hunting each other

We've got 2 cats at home at the moment, both neutered. Our cat is a male ~9-10 months old and my brother brought his for the summer, which is a female ~11-12 months old. They've met before and during ...
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How to stop two male cats from fighting after vet visit

I have two male cats. For a few years they were friends until recently when one was sent to the vet for a couple of days. When he returned, the two suddenly became hostile at each other -- especially ...
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Why is my dog always angry with me when I return from my office?

My dog always seems angry with me when I return from my office. This behavior is regular and he bites almost all of my family members, but still we want our dog to be with us. Any idea why is he ...
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Why does my cat bite me when I sneeze?

Whilst typing on the computer just now (late night), I sneezed a few times. My cat comes running in from the other room and bites me on the arm. I shouted at him loudly enough to wake the upstairs ...
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Feral cat keeps attacking my dog in our backyard, what should I do?

There is a small feral cat that keeps coming into my backyard and attacking my 65lb dog. Our yard is fully fenced and we have a dog door, so our dog goes in and out as he pleases. I usually don't see ...
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Kittens Playing or Fighting

I have some 12 week old kittens that just met. We kept them separate for a couple days so that they could play with each other under the door, then we propped the door open just a bit. They liked ...
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My dog keeps pulling out the others eyebrows

I have three German shepherds, they are nine months old and came from the same litter. While I am gone, one of the dogs literally pulls out the other dog's eyebrows. I have tried separating them but ...
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How can I reduce aggressive fin-nipping from serpae tetras?

I have six Serpae tetras, five rainbowfish, and one Cory cat in a 25 gallon community tank. It is heavily planted. The rainbowfish are a new addition. The tetras have been fin nipping and killing ...
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Maine Coon attacks my face when I'm sleeping

My 4 year old male Maine Coon jumps on and scratches my face when I'm sleeping, an awful way to wake up. In the dark he might view my head as prey. Besides closing the bedroom door is there any way to ...
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How can I reduce my cat's crankiness at mealtime?

We have 4 cats (all desexed): Hunter, male, 10 years, adopted 2005 Ginger, female, 11 years, adopted 2008 Juliet, female, 8 years, adopted 2007 Romeo, male, 2 years, adopted 2014 We recently added ...
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Is it possible to stop two male cats from fighting?

I have two male cats with two female cats. The problem is that the older male cat is hurting his 6 month old male kitten. What should I do to stop the older one from doing this ?
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How do I stop my Red Nose Pitbull from barking at my neighbors cat?

My neighbors have a cat that comes into our backyard at night to sleep (so cute) but my meanie Red Nose always goes over to bark at the cat. I understand my dog is trying to protect us but this cat ...
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How can I get my herding dog to not bark and chase after skateboarders, bikers, and runners?

I have a mutt that has begun to exhibit strong herding instincts. I would like to be comfortable walking him off-leash. However he is very aggressive towards skateboarders that roll by. He is less ...
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Fence aggression - guard dog or poorly trained dog?

I am puzzled by the behavior of certain dogs, each of them living in a yard or a garden across a fence from a somewhat busy road with frequent pedestrian/runner/cycling etc. traffic (for example, a ...
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How to Reduce Hissing, Fighting and Aggression Between Two Cats

Our house has become the temporary home for my daughters two cats. They have been with us for about 2 1/2 months and everything seemed to going along fine. During this initial time our daughter and ...
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One discus fish bullying the other discus

I have two discus as recent additions to my tank. They are 3 inches each and they are the only discus I currently have in my tank. I have been observing them for a week and one of them is constantly ...
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I scared my cat today and he hates me

I was changing the sheets today and as usual Toby likes to get under the sheets and stays for a while. I was teasing him on top of the sheet and all if a sudden he starting yowling. I lifted the ...
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What do I do with my aggressive dog?

My wife and I rescued a Pomeranian 5 years ago from some pretty bad conditions. When we got him, he would show signs of aggression and nipped at us a few times when disciplining him. We knew he came ...
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My male cat is attacking my female cat; female so scared she urinates herself

My wife and I are at our wits end with two of our cats and want to see what advice people have for us. Here's the problem: Larry, a male, stalks and attacks Curly Sue, a female. In the past, we have ...
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How can I stop my cat's playful yet aggressive behavior?

I have recently (three months ago) adopted a cat from a rescue shelter. He is around 1 or 2 years old, and probably a Maine Coon mix. Half the time he's a sweet, affectionate lovebug, but the other ...
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Why does my cat 'gently' attack my legs when im walking?

When Im walking down my hallway, my cat follows me as always, but she always attacks my legs with her 2 front legs. It is very gentle, no scratching or hissing or biting. Just curious.
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My 7 month old Husky killed a rabbit today in our yard, will that make her aggressive going forward?

We have a 7 month old Husky. This morning, she caught a rabbit in our back yard. She was out going to the bathroom and I was getting her food and water when I heard screaming coming from the back ...
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Cat is attacking my German Shepherd puppy (65-ish lbs, 6 months). What to do?

My girlfriend's cat keeps attacking my German Shepherd puppy. The puppy is 6 months old and large (65-ish lbs). They lived together from age 2 months of the puppy to age 3 months of the puppy, and ...
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Why is my dog only aggressive and trying to bite when we are at home?

My dog is very nice and has never shown aggression away from home. He loves to go to work with me, ride in the car and go anywhere. He is very mild mannered and has never shown any signs of aggression ...
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How to react to dog on dog violence?

We have 2 dogs at home: a small 35 lb 6 year-old female hound mix and a 75 lb 4 year-old female pit bull mix. The pit will lash out at the hound so violently that she will force the hound to gasp for ...
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Dog had a dog-reactive issue with foster mom. Been with me six weeks now, want to introduce to neighbor's dog face-to-face

My dog, a 75-ish pounds 1.5YO male Lab/Boxer/whoknowswhatmix, apparently liked his foster mom's dog, but no other, to the point of seriously injuring her friend's dog apparently. Given that he liked ...
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Burying and growling [duplicate]

My dog just did something she had never done before. I gave her a treat, but instead of eating it she went outside and started to bury it near our tree. About two months ago she had puppies and even ...
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My boyfriend's dog hate me… help! Warning! Long post

OK, let me preface this by saying I have never been a dog person. I think they are cute, and enjoy playing with people's dogs at their homes, but I did not/do not want one. I'm slightly allergic to ...
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How can I stop my boyfriend's cat from attacking me?

My boyfriend owns a 9 year old female cat (Lucy). She is a street cat. She has never been spayed, and has given birth once to a single dead kitten. This happened about four years ago. She's a bit ...
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Why is my cat hissing and growling at his sister after just 30 minutes of separation

I took my cat to the vet for 30 minutes. When I got her back home, her brother started to hiss on her and he looks aggressive. she tried to touch his nose but he still doesn't like it. Should I ...
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Oops, I accidentally pushed the “attack my knuckles” button. How do I get away safely?

I am seated quietly on one side of the couch. My nine-month-old cat, adopted just a couple months ago, is laying on the other side, and I have reached out a hand and am rubbing his head and neck. ...
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Desperately need help with incredibly aggressive cat

I have a 6 year old tabby cat. I have had him since he was around 10 weeks old. In the past approximately two years he has started to hate strangers coming over. It started about a year ago when my ...