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Behavior of the pet, including social interactions with either humans or other animals.

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Is my beta too aggressive for tank mates?

I recently finished setting up a 10 gallon tank with the intention of making it a Betta tank. I was reading online and saw that Bettas and rasboras share similar environments, so I decided to add a ...
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Is it normal for a 12-week old puppy to occasionally vomit while in the crate at night?

I was wondering what other owner’s experiences are with a roughly 12-week old puppy occasionally vomiting- but only while in the crate at night? Is this caused by some type stress from being in the ...
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Do male cats mate with dolls or other things, like dogs?

It is well known that lone male dogs "use" (instead of a girl-dog) almost anything else: dolls, furniture, the legs of the people around, and even rabbits and chicken (when available). ...
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Help with a rescue

We got our rescue three days ago. We met him on summer, spent a week together, he was stray. He was rescued and a shelter/rescue agreed to keep him for us until we solved our living arrangements to ...
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What is the proper way to calm down a puppy that has become over excited?

I have a 12 week old Brittany puppy that overall is a great puppy; she has taken to potty training well, learns things quickly, and is very loving. About once per day though, she gets VERY excited and ...
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How do I care for a freshly neutered cat that hates my guts?

So, I adopted a cat about two weeks ago who was unneutered and abandoned by the person who had had him for his whole life (2 years). I have been told by the vet that he's sweet and the friend who's ...
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My cat (3 yrs) fell into my bathtub of diluted shampoo. After licking himself clean he has been sneezing non-stop for 3 days. Would this be why?

He has been acting normal besides the fact that he sneezes constantly. Not purring as much, considering. Just wondering if he has a little cat cold or if the diluted shampoo water he fell into had ...
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Aggressive cat bites out of no where, even though he's usually affectionate

I got my cat when he was one month old from a shelter. Ironically I picked him because he did not bite me. Once we got home it changed. He would stalk me at night as I slept and bite my face/nose (not ...
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Why has my cat become aggressive

So my cat went missing for 2 years. When I first got him, he was a loving 11-year-old rescue and was my best friend. I was absolutely devastated when he went missing and assumed he had left to pass ...
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Why would my once tame mouse start biting

I just got a mouse about maybe 2 weeks ago when I first got him he was a big sweetheart but he would constantly vibrate which worried me. Soon searching on Google why he was I never got a proper ...
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Help - How can I help rescue this young stray kitten?

So there's this young stray kitten (can run and eat solid food) that got stuck outside our window on the 3rd floor of an apartment building. We helped bring her down and brought her inside the house (...
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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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My 10 months old cat keeps going to the neighbor’s

I have a 10 months old female cat and she has been going to my neighbor’s house a lot recently and refuses to stay at my house. She would always wait at the door or try to climb out the window to ...
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Shy dog won't walk on leash

In short: What are some "tricks" to get an extremely timid dog, that is impounded, to walk on a leash and go outside? In long: At the dog pound that I volunteer at we have a dog (Dakota) ...
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Very skittish cat, spends most of his day hiding - how could I help him? [duplicate]

We got our kitten about a year ago, he was always skittish but it feels like he's getting worse and worse. At the beginning he was always out and about. He was a bit scared of our friends coming by ...
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My dog's leaf obsession

I have a six year old Lab/ Great Dane mix. He is a very good dog but has been diagnosed with anxiety and OCD. He is on medication and is in behavioral therapy. For the most part it is controlled. ...
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Why doesn't my cat seem to mind loud music despite stronger hearing?

I am effectively making a colloquial assumption that my cat's hearing is better than mine but... if this truly is the case, why doesn't my cat seem to mind loud music? Surprising noises that come out ...
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Remedy an adult dog that was trained that it's okay to go to the bathroom inside

I adopted an adult, 4-year-old Jack Russel/Italian Greyhound mix a year ago. The previous owner would leave him locked in a small room all day at work, and the owner before that kept him outside all ...
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Why does my cat paw at his reflection in the mirror?

Not every time he looks in the mirror, obviously, but sometimes my cat will sort of sit on his back legs and paw with his front on his reflection in the mirror? There doesn't seem to be much ...
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Kitten growling and hissing while obssesively playing with a brand new toy

I adopted a female kitten that is about 8 weeks old with 3 other litter mates. She is a medium-haired tuxedo. I've had them for about 3 weeks. I brought home a new toy for her to play with today. It's ...
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Stop dog from bothering my mom

My mom has come to our house and our dog is constantly bothering her. Continuously licking her feet, smelling and licking her genital areas, etc. Telling him no or giving him jail time is not helping. ...
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Can I stop my male cat from beating up my female cat?

One morning my grandson and I found a cat digging through our trash can. He was literally skin and bones. We decided to fees him. His need for food over powered his fear of us and he let us pet him. ...
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Do lost dogs stay in packs?

I just lost two of my dogs, one small and one large. Do dogs who are lost normally stay in a pack? Edit: I just found my dogs, and I can confirm that they, and two other dogs that I found, stayed ...
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What to do with my indoor-outdoor cat when we are not home?

We have a male cat, aged 1 year and 6 months roughly. He is not a complete indoor cat. He can go in and out of our house as his will. He usually spends half his time indoors and half outdoors. The ...
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Why has my cat changed all of a sudden?

I've raised my cat from a kitten, she was maybe 3 or 4 weeks old. I've been by her constantly. I am a stay at home mom so I really mean constantly. I carried her around the house with me, put her in ...
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How to teach my dog to not run after bicycles and motorbikes?

My small-sized, male castrated dog, a mix of street breeds, is actually a pretty nice boy. But when we go walking to the woods, and unleashed, he behaves good until there's a motorbike or so showing ...
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Cat behavior change: less playful indoors after became more active outdoors and ignoring the other cat

I adopted Korian 2 years ago. He was said to be indoors by the shelter place. However I noticed he seemed always curious about the outside at times begging me to open the door for him. I decided to ...
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Why is my cat trying to rip my toe off?

My cat regularly pulls out her blunt nails when she grooms herself, and I know that’s normal. Recently I had my pinky toe injured, and now it’s bruised, won’t bend, and has a subungual hematoma. I was ...
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Why does my cat make growling noises at night time?

My cat makes these weird noises only at night when everyone is asleep. It sounds like a growling noise. She is the only pet in my home, she makes this growling noise when she is resting and/or asleep. ...
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Should I reward or punish my dog who runs away but eventually comes back?

This question is related to Best way to train my dog not to run outside? If my dog runs away - often scarpering when the door gives him the slightest opportunity, he often refuses to come back when ...
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Best way to train my dog not to run outside?

I have two dogs, one more well-behaved than the other. Both of them love to run out of the house at any available opportunity - e.g. someone not paying attention while walking through the front door, ...
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Why is my cat so interested in my shower?

When I take a shower my cat will often sit right outside of the sliding glass door and poke at the edges of it. If I open the door (which potentially exposes him to the water) he runs away. However, ...
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Dog escapes as I am parking in the garage

Backstory: I have two dogs, one is a female black mongrel (poodle sized) that we have adopted when young (she is now ~8 months we got her when she was ~4 months), and the other is a spayed female ...
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Why do all dogs seem to have a magnet towards me?(And how do I stop it?)

Most of the time, (like 95%) when I go past a dog (when I'm just taking a walk), it starts barking and running toward me, while it doesn't do for other people. I know it might be because I have a cat, ...
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What can be done to stop roosters from crowing all day and night?

Our neighbor's backyard is almost directly adjacent to ours. He's put up a few pens with chickens and also has at least 2 (but maybe as many as 4, judging by the sounds) roosters. In an urban ...
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What should I use to discourage my small dog from pulling while walking?

I have a small adult Chihuahua-mix who pulls very strongly when I walk him. I currently use a harness, but was wondering if a training slip leash would work better to reduce pulling? My concern is ...
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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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My cat is licking my hair, how can I get him to stop?

I have a 4-month-old DSH who is the sweetest, friendliest, cuddliest boy. He has started licking my hair and waking me up early in the morning to lick my hair. I think he also wants to play but the ...
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How do I "apologise" to my cat?

How do I apologise to a cat / undo accidental actions? Let's say, I'm going to the bathroom at night, my cat tries to weave between legs and accidentally got kicked. Or, I'm drinking water, the cat is ...
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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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Over excited border collie

We got a pure border collie last year and he is turning 10 months old. We had him since he was a 8 week old puppy. The problem is that it seems he can't get tired when there are dogs around. He also ...
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New apartment has radiators for winter heat - are they safe for cats?

They're not running now, but in a few months, the radiators in my new apartment will become quite hot! is direct contact with radiators safe for cats? should I preemptively encourage or discourage ...
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10 year old dog stopped eating from dish

Lucylu always takes a walk before she will eat her food from her little dish...she has been doing this for 3 or more years. All of a sudden I would take her for her walk she would come in and head ...
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How can I protect my horse from a dog while I am riding?

Assuming I am riding, and a dog starts attacking my horse, what are the best ways to stop the attack? I would prefer a solution that does not require me to dismount, since my horse and the dog might ...
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My 6 months old cat stopped cleaning itself. Help

My cat used to be very clean, but suddenly stopped cleaning itself as usual. It's a Persian with medium to long hair, is causing poop stains every time it goes pooping, and its tail remains dirty ...
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What kind of specialist would be competent in the behavioural nuances of a certain dog breed?

I am seeking a specialist competent in how dogs of a certain breed usually behave: questions are around what those dogs are likely to do in certain circumstances, how they react to certain stimulus ...
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Dwarf Hamster bites into anything to find food

I got a djungarian dwarf hamster roughly 4 weeks ago. She is roughly 12 weeks old now. She doesn't seem scared at all, and comes out of her house to check me out when I open the cage up. However, she ...
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Dog doesn't walk away from incoming car in driveway

One of my dogs doesn't stand up and walk away from my car as I am parking it in the garage. Not even when I honk, she just looks at the car a bit annoyed and goes back to sleep, or chewing something. ...
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Cat is dry coughing? Retching? Wheezing? It is the weekend and I am not sure what to do

Here is a video of my cat who has been doing this yesterday and today. I contacted the vet yesterday over the phone to get an opinion. Since he is eating and behaving normally, they didn't seem too ...
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How to get my dog to poop where I want?

My 9 year old dachshund has no problem with "going" outside, but he's very particular about where he poops. We've just moved into a new house with a fenced yard and soon will be able to just ...

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