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Training a pet to walk with a human, while constrained by a leash/lead, harness, collar, etc..

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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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How do I convince my dog that a collar or harness is not the end of the world?

We have a very sweet 6 month old shepherd rescue. He was part of an urban feral pack until he was captured, and he spent ~2 mos in the shelter office, getting adjusted to people before we got him one ...
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How should I decide between a collar and a harness for a dog?

Of all of the dogs that have been part of my family, we have only used collars for leashing. We've never had any negative experiences with them, but my parent's boxer has a habit of pulling when he ...
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How do I stop my dog from eating things he finds during our walks?

My dog is an approximately 10-year-old, non-neutered male, possible Manchester terrier. He is well-behaved at home, except for behaviors like howling at airplanes, wanting to go out in the night, and ...
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How often and long should I walk my puppy?

My puppy is seven weeks old, we have been playing with her and getting her used to running around with a collar and lead. She quite enjoys coming for walks, even with the lead on. Aside from issues ...
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How to leash train a rabbit?

I would like to be able to leash train my rabbit so its easier to travel with her, and to take her out to parks and such (under careful supervision). I've seen footage of rabbits in showjumping ...
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When is it safe to take my dog out to the park?

My puppy is six weeks old and has only had her first vaccination. I want to start socialising her with other dogs and people, but don't want her to catch any nasty canine diseases. When is it safe ...
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How do I stop my dog from pulling while on leash?

I have a 4 month male dachshund and I'm trying get him to stop bad behaviours while we are on a walk. He's great most of the time but sometimes he might be pulling on the leash, trying to chase ...
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Can my dog be retrained not to mark when he is on his leash

My pug is virtually impossible to walk. He's neutered and 12 years old, and for about the first 6 years of his life, he was allowed to do anything he wanted on the leash. He's gotten much better on ...
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What steps should San Francisco pet owners take to avoid poisoned meatballs?

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, someone is leaving poisoned meatballs around San Francisco, apparently in an attempt to either poison pets or other animals. The meatballs were placed in ...
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How can I help a cat who seems afraid of his harness?

TL;DR My cat panics when I try to put him in a harness and I'm not sure if he's just afraid of his harness or if I'm doing something wrong. Are there any tips on buying cat harnesses? Is there ...
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Putting leash on dog

I've got an odd issue with my dog that I've never had with any other dog I've had. When it's time to take my dog for a walk, he's fairly calm. He walks with me to the front door (where I keep his ...
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Is it harmful to use a prong collar?

I asked this question Can check (choke) chains still be used to successfully train dogs? and wanted to address specifically the use of a prong collar. (image courtesy of Wikipedia) Is it harmful to ...
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Should I give my dog more time to mark trees so he urinates enough?

I recently adopted a dog who is already 4 years old and has been moved around a lot. I'm not sure all of the training and habits he has learned in the past, but he does good in the house so far. I ...
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How to locate and catch my dog?

I walk my dog thrice daily. During the night walk I unleash her and let her play on the lawn with other dogs (we live in a Kibbutz, and unleashing a dog late at night is acceptable). She is extremely ...
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Dog knows to stop on leash but still pulls

My dog understands that when he pulls we stop and he comes and sits by my side. But then he pulls right after that and then will come to me. So he knows what to respond with when I stop him from ...
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What quick release lead options are available for use in poor weather conditions?

We've recently added a dog to our family and bought a cheap lead. It's been a pain to use over the last few months. On cold winter mornings, the lead was virtually impossible to clip back on; ...
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Do I have to stop using halter leash/gentle leader?

We bought a head halter/gentle leader leash for our two puppies in an attempt to stop them pulling so much on their leash during walks. The leashes are great because they mean I can actually walk ...
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My cat stops functioning when I put a harness on him. How can I get him more comfortable in it so that I can take him outside?

So my cat really wants to get outside, he sits by the door meowing and has been chattering at all the birds outside as well. The problem is that I live in a heavily wooded area, and know that there ...
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How do I stop large german shepherd from dragging me through the yard to chase rabbits?

I am dog sitting for my landlady, and she has a large male German shepherd. We have a fenced in yard that I walk him in a few times a day. He is not well trained and has even climbed over the fence ...
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Dog stays behind me during walks

I have two dogs, one of them likes to walk besides me, the other one behind me. I don't think she stays behind me because she is afraid, but rather because she wants to sniff stuff instead of keep ...
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How can I help my dog be more comfortable in public?

My dog is a lab/spaniel mix (from what I can tell, anyways)-two very highly energetic breeds; while I don't think I can speak for the breeds as a whole, my personal experience with both labs and ...
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How to get my dog to follow me on leash?

I have a 2.5 year old Boxer/Doberman, and quite frequently while walking on-leash she will just stop walking, especially if there is a smell she really wants to check out. Sometimes, when I say her ...
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Introducing harness/leash training to cats in a new space

My two indoor kitties have stayed with me in a second floor, 540 sq ft apartment for two years, and enjoyed watching birds outside safely from the balcony. Perhaps letting them get used to a bit of ...
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Can check (choke) chains still be used to successfully train dogs?

We grew up using check chains (also known as choke chains) on our dogs (responsibly, or so I thought). There are articles like this one (Flying Paws Dog Training) saying these chains should never be ...
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How can I get my dog to accept a harness without treats?

I want to use a harness to walk my dog since she pulls on her leash. I've tried for the past year to break her of pulling on the leash by stopping when she pulls and making her come sit beside me ...
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Bulldog hates other small dogs

I have a 3 year old English bulldog who is generally very happy and playful with people and big dogs, but she always tries to pick a fight with smaller dogs. We also have a Labrador at home, so I'm ...
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How to keep Husky/GSD from slowly increasing the effort he puts into pulling?

I have a ~47 lb Husky/GSD who is probably less than 1 year old, and was given up by an animal hoarder. Initially he was very skittish, and shy, but he has made a lot of progress. My goal is to ...
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Toilet training a leashed dog

My dog just will not go to the toilet while on a leash. I take her out in the morning and 3-4 times during the evening (once before bed). She constantly whines - and when I mention going outside she ...
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How to leash train a ferret?

I have three ferrets. I bought a small harness from Petco similar to this one But I've had no luck getting it on them. I've tried slipping it on while they're distracted (chewing something or ...
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How to get dog's attention?

Very likely to be a duplicate, but was unable to find similar question. I have a 8mo Corgi/Toy Australian Shepard puppy for about 3 months already. He's doing well with the SIT command. However, I ...
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What's the Difference Between Pulling Back on Leash and Stopping?

There's one thing about leash training that I can't quite wrap my head around regardless of how many of these I read: If your dog is pulling ahead of you on their leash, the advice is always never to ...
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Suggestions for a leash reactive dog who reacts to random people

Does anyone have any suggestions for helping my dog get over her leash reactivity towards people? My newly adopted rescue dog gets triggered by dogs and people on walks. We've been working on this for ...
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Can a cat be trained to use a leash?

Can a cat be walked with a leash? If so, how can I train a cat to use a leash?
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How to harness train my rabbit?

I have 2 four month old rabbits. I bought a harness and leash for rabbits, because I wanted them to be able to run freely in the fields and the garden with me next to them, while not losing them. I ...
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How do you teach a dog to allow me to put his leash on?

I have a small poochon (poodle/bichon frise) dog that gets excited when I try to put him on a leash. It is nearly impossible for me to put his leash on when he is excited like that. How can I teach ...
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Dog goes crayze on leash when sees other dogs

So I have a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriver that goes everyday of the week to a dog-kindergarden. So the whole day stays with other dogs, plays, sleeps and whatever dogs do there. However, when we ...
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Is a 3-4 Month Puppy Too Young to Start Using a Gentle Leader?

I have a 14-week old Shepherd mix puppy who definitely pulls on his leash when we walk, but that's as to be expected at this age, so that's actually not why I was thinking about getting him a gentle ...
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How to prevent self-harming pulling

My dog is always excited to go on walks. However, he will pull as hard as he can ahead whichever way we decide to go. After walks he has raw marks beneath where the harness lies (we use a harness ...
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Keep a Springer calm in new situations [duplicate]

I have a Springer Spaniel who's a bit of a nightmare when she has to be on a lead in a 'new situation'. For example we recently took her to a festival in a field where there was lots going. She gets ...
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Why does my dog whine on walks?

Why does my dog whine while we go on walks? We walk almost everyday. As soon as we get the leash she starts whining and whines almost the whole walk. She will walk by my side and it's like she's ...