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We adopted a rescue dog that we are pretty sure was abused. After about a week hes started peeing on my daughter

He doesn't seem afraid of females or kids. About a week after we got him he started walking up to my adult daughter and lifting his leg and peeing on her. He doesn't seem afraid of her so I wonder if ...
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Is it a nervous behaviour for dogs to "clap" their teeth?

I apologise for the title vagueness but I can't think of another way to describe the behaviour. It is not teeth chattering if that means anything like human teeth chattering. I don't want to say "...
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Minimum age of cats, to be safely administered Gabapentin?

Gabapentin is prescribed by veterinarians for cats, for fear, anxiety, or stress (example: to be administered to a cat before a vet office visit, to reduce those symptoms in that situation). Is there ...
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Is it a bad idea to take my cat on to the lake on the weekends?

My family has a lake house 25 minutes away and my cat absolutely loves being there. I can only go on the weekends with my job and with his food issues I have to feed him a very specific way so I can’t ...
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Growling spayed female

I have 5 year old spayed female English Bull Terrier - not a bad bone in her body. Getting along with all sorts of animals and any human she meets... but... Few years ago (she was maybe 2yo) she ...
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New puppy​'s​ separation anxiety for previous litter

We just received a new puppy 6 days ago. She is a dachshund and 13 weeks old. From the end of the first day (after she realized that her previous litter isn't here) she is very anxious. Eats just a ...
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How can I help my cat lose weight and be healthy?

I have a five year old male cat named Marble; unfortunately he is overweight, although he is a big boy with bigger frame. I want him to avoid developing a potential life threaten condition. I lost my ...
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How much hissing should I tolerate from old cat getting used to new cat?

Just going to start with the basic info: Cat 1: Pancake (female, spayed) 2 years old lived with us for 1.5 years came from shelter, abandoned at birth very anxious, scared of everything Cat 2: Bean (...
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Cat Anxiety Yowels at Night

I've been a cat parent off and on my entire life and this is a new behavior for me. Sometimes, at night, my 7-year-old spayed cat will walk into the living room and yowl until someone calls her at ...
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My dog won't go on walks without my partner

My dog will not go on walks without my partner. She will stop as we get down the street, put her tail between her legs, face back towards the house and will not move till we go back home. She has ...
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What do you do if you think your kitten is emotionally scarred?

I just adopted a kitten not long ago, been around cats my whole life, this is the first cat I've actually personally owned but I take care of many and usually have strong bonds with cats. He's a ...
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What to do about my dog barking at everything? [duplicate]

Our 2 year old cockapoo is very anxious and we have had trainers/behaviourist advice; no matter what we do she is obsessed with barking loudly indoors and in the back yard, upsetting us and neighbours....
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Is a cat likely to be traumatized if it is physically forced to take medicine?

My cat was prescribed some ointment drops for yeast infections in both ears. But, when I try to give him his medicine, he yowls pitifully, fights me tooth and claw, and runs away. Clearly he doesn’t ...
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How to help my cat with severe anxiety that I may have caused?

I need help. I got a kitten long three years ago and raised her. It was not a good time in life and I had never raised a kitten. I'm not sure if it was considered abuse or not, but I considered how I ...
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Bernese Mountain Dog That is Skittish and Scared of Everything

My friend's dog is a 1 year old Bernese Mountain dog that they got from a breeder when she was 8 weeks old. They are very loving with her and give her a TON of attention. She is very skittish of new ...
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15 month old moodle crate regression

At my wits' end here with my adorably small and affectionate 15 month old toy moodle. I crate trained her when she was a puppy next to my bed. It was a hellish few weeks but she ended up coming good. ...
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My cat will get mad at me for hours after getting medicine. How do I keep our relationship happy?

My senior cat has a chronic illness and needs to take a liquid medicine for the rest of her life to keep her healthy. While she's still largely happy and energetic now, if she doesn't get this ...
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Why does my dog lick her lips while being petted?

My dog (well, my landlord's technically) seems to love being petted, running to my bed when I first let her in my apartment where I usually pet her, and reaching her head towards me begging me to ...
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Old cat kicked out of bedroom for new kitten, cause of anxiety?

We just got a new kitten and have been keeping her in our bedroom. Now our older cat cries at the bedroom door wanting to get in. He’s anxious and pacing because there’s a closed door. But we can’t ...
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Why is my cat bothered by my being in the bathroom?

One of my cats gets (apparently?) very upset whenever I am in the bathroom. Meaning, she meows loudly and frequently in a way that sounds, to my ear, sometimes like distress, and sometimes like she's ...
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Why is my female cat over-licking lower abdominal raw?

Mini Moose, my female cat, is pregnant and is over-licking her lower abdominal area raw. Two years ago she had a stillborn baby. Her babies are alive in her, I can feel them moving around.
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Why does my dog become so anxious to come to my lap?

So here's what happens, I have a small dog, that loves to sleep on my lap while I'm working. She'll often even ask me to pull her onto my lap. The thing is while she's down on the floor, I'll extend ...
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Submissive puppy

My puppy is really submissive/afraid with other dogs. Low back, tail between the legs, turn on his back when other dogs come to play with him and won't let any dogs smell his butt. That being said he ...
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Why is my cat acting so anxious and aggressive? [duplicate]

My cat is acting anxious and aggressive. Also, he is being mean to his little sister. I have tried keeping them in my room to practice working together, but that does not help. And whenever I pick him ...
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I spooked my cat yesterday and now he has become suspicious of everything at home; how to bring him back to normal?

I have two cats, both male. Both are very playful and active. Yesterday when we got some new groceries, we got a broomstick which came wrapped in a red plastic and thus there was long red shaped thing ...
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Leopard gecko seems sick

Just a few nights of having our baby leopard gecko, the poor thing escaped because we did not have access to an appropriate tank until a few days later. After an hour of searching, we found it under a ...
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How do I train my dog to not get overexcited when getting on or off public transport?

I have a 6-year old Malinois who is, all in all, relatively well-behaved by now. Taking her on a bus or a train however, is a nightmare. To be more precise, getting on or off the bus or train is the ...
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Cat stressed by being shut out of bedroom

Typical meowing and scratching at door after I adopted her. I didn't want her in there because I tried it the first night and she stepped on my face at like 3 AM. Sleep is sacred. It's been several ...
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My cat is terrified of me

My wife bought a pretty shy kitten, but after a while it got used to me and was even jumping on my shoulders in the morning purring when I was getting ready for work. She almost wouldn't leave my side....
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Is it ok to lock my cat for half an hour to clean my room? If not how should I do it?

I adopted my cat ~4 months ago from a shelter, he was a stray before. About a few days in, I did the terrible mistake of cleaning my room with a vacuum cleaner. In my defense, in the shelter they told ...
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I'm very exhausted giving ear drops to my overly skittish cat. I can't take him treating me like a threat. What should I do?

Context: I got my cat ~2 months ago. He was in a shelter, and he was very sweet when I first saw him so I decided to adopt him. Unfortunately, they didn't let me to because he still had some small ear ...
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Cat won't take any form of medication

My cat is a 5 year old female She has always been a scaredy cat and has never let me pick her up unless when she is asleep. Even then she tries to escape. To add more information: she was given ...
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Did I Traumatize My Puppy?

I have a 5 month old puppy who's pretty much attached to my hip and feels super comfortable around me. However, I have noticed recently that he seems to get agitated sometimes whenever I try to pick ...
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Cat spooked of a balloon, he is traumatized and I’m at a loss

I went out of town on the day of my roommate's birthday. I had gotten her a balloon. Unfortunately, I didn’t know balloons scared cats so much and I feel terrible. The balloon was out from Friday to ...
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Dog lunges at other dogs

Ok so I have a Male Rhodesian Ridgeback who is 1 year and 3 months old. I started him in puppy classes when he was 11 months old. I have never stopped taking him for training at a school. He knows a ...
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Why is my dog so anxious at night?

Our year-old golden retriever has been having a hard time going to sleep at night lately. During the day, when nobody is around, he sleeps fine. However, at night, he digs at the bed, barks, and pants ...
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Dog reactive seeing dogs on walks but fine meeting dogs indoors

I have a rescue dog (Luna) who's a wonderful and affectionate dog inside the house but very reactive to other dogs when we're out on walks If she catches wind of another dog (even at some distance) ...
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Training for Canine Parking Lot Anxiety (?)

I am fortunate enough to be able to take my dog on an afternoon outing (nearly everyday) with the goal of wearing her out. We typically stop at one of the local grocers on the way home for any missing ...
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My dog after 7 years is now walking behind me; she now hates her harness

My dog always walked at my side or a little in front of me, both positions allow me to see her clear and predict if she is sensing a dog nearby. She used to be slightly to moderately reactive. But ...
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I over correct my dog and now he's scared

I and my roommate both have dogs and we recently (6 months) moved into a new place. I thought the dogs were getting adjusted fine, we walk the dogs around the new area to get familiar and now have a ...
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Diabetic and anxiety

My dog has been diagnosed with diabetes. Today he will not let me pet him he just starts yelping. When my husband came near him he climbed on my lap but when I touched him he started yelping. I know ...
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Anxious dog howls and screams when we take our other dog out

So we have three dogs of ages: 5, 3, and 7 months. We take the two older dogs outside to go potty at the same time and take the puppy separately because she gets distracted to easily. Whenever we take ...
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Dogs adjusting to move strangely

My dogs, Radar and Zuko are adjusting to our moving a little strangely. I got them at 8 weeks old and they had been living in our old house with me as their “parent”. I walk them, trained them, feed ...
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I live in an upstairs condo and my new dog refuses to go down stairs

I recently adopted a 9 month old female doberman mix dog. She is the sweetest thing, however she seems to have very high stress and anxiety. She seems to be terrified of the stairs which is the only ...
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My dog scratches at the floor during fireworks. What can I do to make him feel safe?

Sometimes when there is a thunderstorm or fireworks my dog will become restless and scratch at the front door or back door. If I open the door he doesn't move, but if I walk away he will begin ...
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My cat is terrified ALL THE TIME. How do I fix this?

Three years ago, my wife and I adopted a cat from a coworker's relative. She's a very small calico/manx, and she was about 1 year old when we adopted her. We have no reason to believe she has ever ...
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Issue with fearful/anxious dog I occasionally petsit

Occasionally I look after 4 chihuahuas. 3 of them are always 100% fine, but the 1 dog is timid/anxious/fearful. When the owner is there, she is ok though still timid/shy, but as soon as the owner is ...
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Problems with cat hiding and stressing from overnight guests

Long story short, I have a friend who needs to place to stay for a while and I've offered to let her stay with me. The issue is, last time I had friends spend the night at my house, my cat refused to ...
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Dog barks only when she thinks she's alone

About the Dog: ~3 years old ~30lbs Rescued Stray Spayed Finnish Spitz / Miniature Belgian Sheepdog / Mix Background First week I had her, I worked from home for house breaking, crate training, and ...
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My 2 Year Old Chihuahua cries loudly after I leave

I have a 2 year old Chihuahua (Oli) that has been through the ringer. I got him in June of 2017 so not even a year ago. He attached to me very quickly. He was not potty trained and did not have any ...
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