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

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Why is my dog defensive at home but scared outside?

I have noticed that my dog is more defensive and violent when at home. Once a dog came to our house, my dog attacked it and injured it and the other dog ran away. Another day, my dog saw the same dog ...
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Negative reinforcement: how to replace an object?

My Beauce Shepherd is now 9 months old. We have followed some behaviour education classes with a personal trainer and everything went very well. Before the dog would do as he wanted and now, he just ...
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What is an effective way to discipline a dog?

My Friend's dog has so many bad behaviour like: Barking at people unnecessarily, fighting other dogs, bringing dirt in the house, defecating anywhere in the house and lots of others. My friend ...
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Why does my dog act differently outside the house?

My dog, Rex, is like two dogs in one. He is 2.5 years old, neutered pitbull/boxer mix, and is incredibly aggressive towards other dogs. In the house, he is cuddly, playful, and docile. My mom ...
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What age of snake is best for a pet?

I want to buy a snake and am interested in whether or not I should buy an adult snake or a baby snake. I have heard from my friend that an older, adult snake can be more frisky but when I went to the ...
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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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Why do rabbits chew electrical wires?

Bunnies like to chew on electrical wires. While there is some question about if they can be trained not to, it best to bunny proof any wires they may be around. (How to) Is there any reliable ...
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Rectifying behavioral issues stemmed from hitting my dog as punishment

Okay, now I know opinions are largely divided on whether negative or positive reinforcement is the best way to discipline a dog, that's not my question. From since she was a puppy (she's a 10 month ...
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How can I teach my cat to claw his scratching post instead of the curtains?

We're getting more and more scratch marks on our curtains. What would be the best way to make our cat scratch his scratching post instead?
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What to do about my dog fighting its own children

My dog mated with a female dog from another house and the female dog gave birth to 6 puppies. The family that own the female dog then decided to give us 3 of the puppies. We accepted them and brought ...
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Why do dogs eat grass?

I have always been told that dogs eat grass because they have upset stomachs. My dogs, however, eat grass every single time they go outside. I constantly need to remind them that grass is not for ...
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Why do neutered dogs still show sexual signs?

My dogs are both neutered - however they both still hump people, objects, and even each other. Sometimes they even get aroused. Is this a sign of dominance? Or is it a sexual thing?
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How do I help my dog with major leash anxiety?

I am fostering a dog who was left chained to a fence outdoors for several days. Inside our house, he is friendly and very affectionate with all people. He has a healthy, shiny coat, he's extremely ...
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Cat digs litter out of the box

My cat is a bit too tenacious in digging in his litter box. Not matter how clean it is, no matter how much litter is inside, he spends quite some time digging it, both before and after doing his ...
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Why does my cat walk away (and expect me to follow) while I stroke her?

Is this an instinctual habit? If so, would it be safe not to follow it? I wouldn't want to get its instincts messed up or anything.
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How can I train my cat to not jump on the kitchen counters?

My cat jumps onto our kitchen counters frequently, sometimes causing major accidents. What is the best way to break that habit? Would I need one of those electric shocker things?
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Why is my dog eating dirt?

I'm finding dirt in my dachshund's poop. He eats his regular kibble and sometimes doesn't finish it all, and he does get snacks and a vitamin pill. I'm finding areas in the yard that have been ...
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Why might my cat whine at night?

My cat whines occasionally some nights, and although annoying, I'm actually concerned that something might be hurting him. Are there any common cat problems that cause them to whine at night?
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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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What is causing behaviour changes in our young adult dog?

I have a German Shepherd dog whose name is Alex. He is a male dog and he is approaching 2 years of age in this November and have not desexed him. The dog has never been mated with another dog. Now, ...
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Putting a cat into a carrier

It seems to be close to impossible to put my cat into a carrier. I'm not sure whether he is afraid of closed spaces or doesn't like being restrained or what, but it requires two people to put him into ...
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Why does my cat meow less than I expect it to?

My 1-year-old cat only meows when he wants food or when he wants to play. However, I have observed other cats meowing and purring much more often than my cat. Is there something wrong with my cat's ...
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When leaving my dog alone is it better to leave some lights on or all off?

I always ask myself what is better. Leaving some lights on wouldn't prevent the dog to have a nice sleep? Leaving all lights off woudn't make her to be affraid and scared?
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How can we prevent our cats from scratching on our chair?

My wife recently had a chair reupholstered, after the cats had damaged it to the point it was looking really shabby. When she contacted the restoration company, she found out that the chair is ...
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How do we handle two female cats in the household demonstrating alpha behavior?

Our oldest cat, Orla, has always been an alpha queen. She insists on getting fed first, claims a dominant position in the bed at night (right between my wife and I, in the middle of the bed), and had ...
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How can I prevent my cat from extending his claws when being petted?

When I pet my cat, he often curls his toes, and extends / retracts his claws. I guess it's a sign that he enjoys getting petted, however this is not something I appreciate when he's lying on furniture ...
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Why won't my dog eat on her own?

My dog will go days without eating unless someone sits with her and hand feeds her dog food. At first, I thought it was because we were feeding her some table scraps every once in a while, but I have ...
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How do I train a puppy not to bite? [duplicate]

I'm looking forward having a puppy in the near future, but not sure how to avoid the puppy from biting anyone, or at least avoid it from biting enough to hurt someone.
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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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Severe separation anxiety in dog

My mother owns a poodle that suffers extreme separation anxiety. She bought him as a young adult (2 years) from a breeder, she has had him for 18 months and has two other dogs. He has always been ...
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How can I prevent my dog from chasing his tail obsessively?

There is a dog in my family who chases his tail madly in a circle. Once he grabs it, he continues to spin in circles. This happens whenever he hears thunder or the garbage disposal in the sink is ...
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How can I prevent my dog from digging in furniture?

My 12 year old Shih Tzu has always been well behaved, but lately has started to climb on the furniture when no one is home and excessively dig, to the point that she has started to damage it. A few ...
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How to prevent my dog from bringing stuff into the house?

My 9 month old dog uses a doggy door to go into our enclosed backyard. She has started to pick up stuff like sticks, dead bugs, even dog droppings missed in clean-up and bring it into the house. We of ...
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Is a French Mastiff dog less friendly, does it prefer fewer people around?

My sister has two dogs; one is a Labrador and one is a French Mastiff. The Labrador is friendly and likes us all. The French Mastiff ignores me most of the time, but he is excited around people other ...
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What can I do if my puppy is hyperactive?

About a month a go I got a 8 week male dachshund and ever since the first days he seemed overexcited. Jumping up, chasing my cat around, excessive licking when someone pets him and so on. At the ...
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Are there any health or behavioral issues specific to tripod (3-legged) dogs?

There is a very sweet dog at the shelter that was in an accident and only has 3 legs. Are there any specific behavioral or health issues I should take into account when deciding whether or not to ...
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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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How can I train my guinea pigs to not attack one another?

I own 2 female guinea pigs. I came home one day to find that one of them had a large amount of blood coming out of its ear. There is nothing in the cage that would produce that amount of blood besides ...
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Cats and string: will a toy make this better or worse?

My current cats are both fascinated by shoelaces. (I've never had this problem before.) For shoes not currently being worn, if I don't keep them hidden away behind a closed door the cats will bat ...
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How to prevent my dog from barking constantly when I am not at home?

My 11 years old Bishon Frise constantly barks when there's no one at home. Even if we stay away for 4, 5 hours. She got raucous once for barking too much. What could be causing that and how can I ...
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Why does my cat hold his tail forward over his body?

I've got a fair amount of experience with cats, but I've never seen this posture in another cat. My one cat holds his tail forward, arching over his back, with the tip just a few inches behind the ...
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Why does my dog howl at airplanes?

I noticed that whenever an airplane passes over our house, my dog starts howling and doesn't stop until the plane is a very far distance from our house. Is this a normal behaviour? If not what can I ...
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How should I discipline my cat for bad behavior?

There are a couple of things that I try and prevent my cat from doing: jumping up on the kitchen counter and being mean to the dog (who is obedient and minds his own business). It's easy to catch him ...
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Is there any effective solution to stop a bird from habitual plucking?

My pet bird (African Grey Congo) has been a plucker for years. We tried the "cone of shame" for a while as recommended by our vet to break the habit, but she goes right back to plucking the second it ...
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What are healthy treats for a house rabbit?

My house rabbit can be rather shy around guests, and I would like to encourage her to be more friendly when people come around. I have explained to my guests that rabbits can be startled easily and ...
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What can I do to ease my dogs' fear of loud noises?

Whether it is my Black Labrador or my parents' American Eskimo, the sounds of thunder, fireworks and sometimes random loud noises can send them into a bit of a panic mode. They shake for an extended ...
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What can I do when my dog loves going out at night?

I have a male dog who has recently developed the habit of going out at night. I followed him once and I noticed he usually goes to meet a female dog at another house. I have been chaining him since, ...
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Why do cats lick plastic bags, and is there any harm in it?

Most of my cats (past and present) have liked to lick plastic trash bags and grocery bags. Assuming that they are not tearing off bits of plastic and swallowing them, but just licking, is there any ...
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How do I stop my dog from barking at people through the fence?

What is the best way to stop my fenced-in dog from barking at people who are passing by on the street?
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How do I discourage my cat from biting?

I adopted an adult cat from a shelter. The cat had been seized (along with 20+ others) by Animal Control from a hoarder and there is no prior medical history. Age estimates range from 3-6 years and he ...