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Play between pets and pets and their owners. Solutions to encourage healthy play time for pets, what is normal and how to curb destructive play habits.

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Who should win at tug of war?

I love playing tug of war with my dog. This is partially because he didn't show interest in toys at all early on, and getting him to actually pay attention to a tug rope was a long and often ...
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Why do cats enjoy playing in cardboard boxes?

Whenever I bring a box home, or I get a package in the mail, both of my cats immediately have to inspect it thoroughly. As soon as it's empty, they'll be playing games with it: jumping in and out, ...
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How much exercise should a young cat be getting?

I have 2 young cats (1.5 years and 8 months). How much activity should they be getting during the day? They seem to be most active in the early morning and then settle down for the majority of the day ...
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How can I tell when it's time to stop playing?

I have a Border Collie that fetches things like it's his job. If he brings me something to throw and I don't do so promptly, he will start to get pushy and let me know that I need to stop being lazy ...
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My cat will only play with silicone earplugs, which is concerning. How do I fix that?

My 3 year old neutered female cat has gone mental on playing with silicone earplugs. They are small, chewy, yellow things you put in your ears to block out noise. My cat thinks they are THE BEST ...
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How can you tell if neck biting between dogs is too rough?

We have two dogs. One is a 4 year old male and the other is a new dog we adopted over a week ago who is a 2 year old female. They are both the same breed (Alaskan husky) and roughly the same size. ...
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Teaching a dog to play fetch

I have a six month old Rhodesian Ridgeback who I have not been able to cultivate an interest in playing fetch. I take him outside and he is more interested in walking around and chewing on sticks ...
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How do I get my dachshund to be interested in toys?

I have a dachshund who will not actively play with toys. She will, very rarely, pick up a bone or a chew toy (mostly a bone). She has a myriad of toys available to her, ranging from small, fluffy, ...
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Why would a cat ask to play all the time and how to satisfy her?

I have a quite energetic, 1.5 year old female cat, who used to live outside until 6 months old. We get along nicely, and I try to have play sessions with her 2-3 times a day for at least 5 minutes - ...
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How should I respond when my cat wants to wrestle?

Sometimes when I am petting my 3-year-old cat she will roll over on her back and stretch out. At this point, if I bring my hand near she will try to grab it with her claws or mouth. I think she is ...
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Why do my cats leave small toys/items around the house?

My cats tend to leave small toys or items (favorites: socks, sweatbands and a Jerry Springer koozie) around the house when we're not at home and we find them in the hallway when we get home. What does ...
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Does hissing always mean fear or aggression?

Does hissing always mean fear or aggression or it can be a part of the play? Sometimes when playing hide-and-seek or chase games with a kitten, he allows himself to be chased into a corner, and then ...
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How can I encourage multiple cats to bond and play together?

Often two or even all three of my cats will want to play at the same time but they usually come to me for the fun and games. I try to start them off getting them excited but ultimately it boils down ...
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How do I get one cat to realize the other is trying to play, and not fight?

I just moved in to a new place with my girlfriend, and we moved our cats in together. They both like to occasionally play, whether with us or with toys. The bigger, older cat really likes to play ...
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Is there an outdoor place I can take my cat to run around in L.A.?

I live in Los Angeles and my two year-old cat is dying to go outside and run. But I'm afraid that if I let him out he will: run away or get run over by a car or get eaten by a wild animal (apparently ...
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Why is my cat growling at the laser dot?

I have recently gotten a laser pointer to play with my two cats (mother and son). The son is overweight and I thought the laser pointer would help with giving him a bit of extra exercise to help him ...
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Dog running away with toy

I have searched this site and didn't find a question with the specific issue we're facing. We've tried to teach our dog fetch and came across an issue we didn't know we we're having prior to this and ...
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Kittens Playing or Fighting

I have some 12 week old kittens that just met. We kept them separate for a couple days so that they could play with each other under the door, then we propped the door open just a bit. They liked ...
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Why would a cat lick (groom?) her toy?

My cat loves to play with fake mice on strings. Sometimes, when she catches one of them, instead of biting or "killing" (attacking with her back feet) it, she holds it in her front legs and starts ...
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How to prevent my cat from deconstructing cat fountain

Since vet stated that it might be better for them to prevent dehydration I bought a cat fountain for my girls (Catit Flower Fontain). However they seem obsessed with deconstructing it into basic parts ...
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Why do my cats play “soccer” with their dry food on the floor?

Only recently, my 1½ year old females cat have been playing "soccer" with a dry food morsel across the kitchen and then returns to the bowl to eat. Why do they play with their food? Are they bored of ...
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How much daily activity does a Newfypoo need?

I am thinking about getting a Newfypoo (a cross between a Newfoundland and a Poodle) puppy. How much daily playtime and training does a Newfypoo need on average?
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Does my cat know we're playing when I chase him?

I have two absolutely adorable cats who love to play each other and me. We have a few different games we play, but I'm wondering if they know "tag" is a game. Sometimes, when they're in a very ...
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Cat meowing when playing

I have a 2 years old cat that likes playing cat and mouse with me and my girlfriend. If I walk from my bedroom to my living room, he gets playful and he chases me and tries to grab my leg with a soft ...
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Is it rare for a cat to play fetch?

I've a 16-year-old cat who loved to play fetch when he was a kitten, and a kitten who presently loves to play fetch with his spring toys--how unusual it for a cat to play fetch? I'd never heard of it ...
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Does the cat know it's a game?

My cat particularly likes it when I bring out the cat-teaser (essentially a fake 'bird' on a stick). He makes a great deal of effort in catching it, and I assume he's enjoying himself. Now my ...
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How can I get a cat to not meow after I stop playing with it?

My cat loves to play fetch. We'll play for about 15 minutes before I end up doing something else. The moment I stop playing fetch my cat will continue to meow until I either play again, or until I ...
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Dog has hindquarters down when we play: am I bullying him?

Often times I chase my dog for fun and giggles and I was always in the impression the fun was for both parties. Until I read this question . When I chase my pug it runs in a silly, awkward position ...
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How much game time is required for a kitten?

Our indoor kitten, like any, is very playful. Either he's playing or he's sleeping. Whenever we go into bedroom and close the door, he scratches and meows to let him in, and after letting in, just ...
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How to teach my cat not to bring toys to my bed?

My cat sleeps on my bed by my side. Even if I make separate bed and put her there she would not listen and come to sleep by my side. Anyway I kind of like it and has no problems. But the problem lies ...
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Cats and throat-hold — accept or discourage?

My turn to ask for help interpreting a behavior... I have a pair of neutered sibling cats, Harry and Hazel, about 7 years old. Periodically -- usually during a mutual grooming session -- Harry will ...
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What should I do to make my cat active?

As my cat is growing up, she is becoming so lazy. She just eats and sleeps. She does not even play with her toys anymore. She is 3 year old. Please help me. What should I do to make her active?
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Border collie puppy chasing cats: how much is too much

My border collie puppy (3 months) likes to chase my cats. I think cats do know this is play. I only saw the puppy scratched once, and I don't see claws out while the puppy is chasing the cats. On ...
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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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My cat won't play

I recently adopted a cat, she's five years old, polydactyl, fixed and declawed. My question is, why won't she play and how could I get her to? Also, she sometimes chews on her toe pads, almost like ...
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How many toys available at a time, and how often to rotate?

I have a basket with about 15-20 toys of various shapes, textures, colors, and sizes. I keep about 5 to 8 out at a time, the rest remain in the hidden basket (in a cupboard over the fridge). I know ...
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How to play with my cats?

My cats are four years old and one of them always meows while I am using the computer, if I go to see what she wants, she just walks away, circles the sofa once and then stands there staring at me. As ...
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What are some good dog toys for solo play in an apartment?

The title basically says it all. I'm looking for suggestions for fun, stimulating dog toys that my dog can play with alone (i.e. without me having to do anything to get the toy to work, not when she'...
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How can I teach my dog to play fetch if she won't leave my side because she smells the reward treats?

I have a dog who wants to chase bones. I can take a bone and wave it in front of her and state, "Who's got the bone?" and she will yip and run after it if I throw it. A bone is the ONLY thing she ...
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Is it safe for my cat to carry/jump around with heavy toys in her mouth?

I got this automated toy for my cats: https://www.amazon.com/SmartyKat-Hot-Pursuit-Concealed-Motion/dp/B06WP7F8YC My female cat really, really likes the toy. She grabs onto it and carries it around, ...
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How to get my younger dog to stop pestering my older dog?

My older dog is an overly-tolerant purebred Newfoundland(True). She and my younger dog have lived together in the same house since we adopted the younger one at 5 months old. The Newfie is seven years ...
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Understanding and Encouraging Blanket Spelunking

Of the three cats in my life, the first two were relatively chill, and the latest is by far the most full of energy, vigor, and character. As an example, the first cat never showed the slightest ...
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Is it normal for a dog to grab another dog's tail while playing?

We have two dogs - a four year old male and a 2 year old female, same breed and roughly same size. We've had the 2 year old for a few weeks now. So far the two dogs are getting along well. They ...
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Teaching dog to bring Frisbee back

I've got a 9 months Labrador. We'll go for a one hour walk once or twice a day and play with a Frisbee. She's crazy about it, really loves it. So because she likes it so much I use this to exercise ...
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How do I calm my boyfriend's overly excited dog?

Every time I come over my boyfriend's place and my boyfriend and I hang out the dog suddenly becomes overly excited. He doesn't seem aggressive towards me because we get along just fine usually. But ...
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my cats won't play together (not neutered or spayed)

I have a 1 year old female cat who as a kitten up until now used to play with me as if I am another cat, she runs, and I'll have to follow her, then it's her turn to chase. I do that because she's ...
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Why does my dog ignore the treats I try to give him when playing?

I usually use this little treats to teach my dog when he's behaving properly or when learning some trick and they work really well, he loves them. When I take him outside to play (I usually take him ...
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How much time per day should I be spending with my cat?

My cat is 6 years old and a total sweetheart ... when he wants to be. Sometimes, though, he gets extremely needy and obnoxious, demanding a lot of attention from me. I want to make sure he's ...
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Dog park etiquette rules

I'm working to compile a list of dog park etiquette rules for my clients (I'm a professional dog walker). I started a list here: Top 10 dog park etiquette rules I'd love to hear if you agree/disagree ...
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How do I get my puppy to stop playing with my cat?

I recently got a 18 week Alaskan Klee Kai who is currently 10 lbs. I brought it home with a six year old cat who is also 10 lbs. The puppy really loves to play with the cat but the problem is he ...