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

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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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Dull spots on Bearded Dragon [closed]

I've only had my bearded dragon for a year and he has many dull spots. I've done research and it says he might be dying. I don't know if someone might have pulled his shedding off but he hasn't ...
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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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My budgerigar seems partially paralyzed, is breathing heavily, and is having problems standing. What should I do?

I am really not sure what to do. My budgerigar has started behaving very suspiciously since noon. It looks like he has some kind of paralysis and I am really not sure what to do. He has been looking ...
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Magpie robin raising

I found a baby magpie in my backyard; his parents had abandoned him because of other chicks. I tried to keep him in the nest, but everytime they pushed him out of nest and I finally brought him inside....
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Is the injection of carbon dioxide into a planted aquarium a detriment to fish living in it?

From the start, thank you for your time and consideration. Whilst planning a planted aquarium setup that would include CO2 injection, I stumbled across an article about possible behavioral ...
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Options for a wound other than a cone, collar or shirt [duplicate]

My cat gets out of everything. What can go on the wound, like spray bandage, creams, etc., that will help heal it through rubbing.
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New cat being bullied ruthlessly by older cats; hides all day and never leaves bedroom

We recently added a new cat to our three-cat (now four) household. Our oldest cat is wonderful and gets along with everyone, cat and human alike. The problem is between our newest, youngest cat (the &...
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What should I do if my dog fails a cycle of her separation training?

I'm training my dog to feel more independent when she's alone. I have her lie down on her bed in the bathroom, tell her to stay, and close the door. If she's lying down when I open the door, she gets ...
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Dog wanders aimlessly when it's time to go outside

I adopted two dogs (bonded) about half a year ago. One (Dog A) behaves as every other dog I've had in the past. One (Dog B) is a bit of an oddball. Both recognize what I mean when I ask them when it's ...
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My rabbit isn’t feeding her baby, what should I do?

So my rabbit gave birth to a baby two days ago. About seven hours later, she had two more (however, unfortunately, they died); they may have been dead when they came out, I don't know. We took her to ...
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Guard dog poops overnight on the garage/driveway

I live in a ranch (very small farm) in a tropical region, here there is 1000 m2 (10 700 ft2) of grass for my guard dogs to poop, however they insist in pooping in front of the cars (or the rest of the ...
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What is that cat trying to do?

Introduction: I have a male pet cat whose name is Gulu and his mother's name is Kuchi who is a stray cat we used to feed. We don't really keep him in all the time. He can go in and out anytime he ...
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How to feed two dogs, when one tends to graze?

We are dog-sitting for a friend for the first time next weekend (Friday-Monday), and I am struggling with how to get both his dog and our dog fed properly. Our friend's dog is a grazer/free-feeder and ...
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How can I get my 15 month old Dachshund to quit licking my other dog's pee?

My older female Dachshund goes out to pee and the male Dachshund, whose name is Buster, licks her per and he's constantly in there faces; the two don't like it and I am at wits' end about it.
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Is there a way to "change" the name of my dog? [duplicate]

I want to change my dog's name because back then, I somehow liked it. but now I think it is too hard to pronounce. If it's possible, how hard will it be? I know that changing the name is instant, but ...
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Old chihuahua being mean to puppies [duplicate]

My 3 year old chihuahua does not like other dogs. My children both got puppies and she does not want anything to do with them she growls shows her teeth and nips at them when they come near her. But ...
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2 male cats(brothers) started spraying. I clean it and they spray same place [duplicate]

I have 2 male cats almost 1 yr old brothers indoors only 3 rd floor condo still intact they get along great all day.at 10:00pm the craziness starts chase and play cat tag they getting little more ...
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How can I train my dog's reaction when she goes into full panic mode?

When my dog sees or hears something scary, then she can go into full panic mode, and in there she is uncontrollable. For example fireworks. She can handle 1, max 2 explosions, after that it's full ...
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Have a routine for my cat that wants to go out

Problem Description and Situation I recently moved to a new apartment with my cats Moe (female) and Joe (male). They are brother and sister. It didn't take long for them to get used to it. Moe started ...
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How to teach young cat to groom after using the litter box?

I recently (~14 days ago) adopted a young cat from a non-profit organization. He's a domestic short hair, about 8-9 months old, neutered and knows how to use the litter box - he found it right away ...
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Conditioning a positive response from my dog to a roommate

My wife and I have a six-year-old German shepherd mix who is a beautiful sweetheart. But she is reactive to unknown men in "her" house. We are staying with my dad for the summer and she has ...
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How long will my new cat stay hidden? [duplicate]

I got a new cat one week ago from the RSPCA, he was originally from a farm and was given to them; having been with them for two months. They explained he isn’t used to human contact and would take a ...
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How to convey to a dog that we are not playing with her because she bites?

We have taken in a 4 year old Icelandic Sheepdog almost one year ago from a shelter. At first she was shy with us, then playful. Over time she has become increasingly aggressive, biting adults and now ...
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How do I stop my neutered rabbit from spraying urine? [duplicate]

I have (one) 1 year old spayed bunny and her (two) 6 month old neutered sons, they are all bonded and share an area. Out of the 3, only one of the sons has very poor litter habits. I tried putting him ...

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