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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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My dog won't go and play in the yard anymore after I told him to stay on the deck once

I told my dog to stay on my deck while I cut my grass one day, and now he will not leave the porch at all, no matter what I do. How do I get him to go and play in the yard like he used to.
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How can I tell if my cat is getting enough stimulation?

I have a 13 month cat, a domestic short hair brown tab. I've seen people equip cats with wheels these days like hamsters but that seems to be mainly bengals with much more energy and need to exercise. ...
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Overweight lazy cat won't play

Two months ago I took in my grandmother's cat after she passed away. He's a 13 year old tomcat who has been rather spoiled - my grandmother would feed him by hand - often 'luxury' stuff like prawns ...
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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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Kitten becomes hyper after a play session

3-4 month old male kitten. Whenever there is a play session, he remains hyperactive and aggressive after the play session. His eyes bulge, he doesn't seem to recognise me & tries to bite me & ...
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Should I stop younger buddy cat from playing rough with older cat?

We got a younger sweet cat (now 5!) for company for our older cat (almost 12!) because the older cat is very sweet and loving and loves other cat's company. The younger cat has been the best ...
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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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Why does my cat only play with her toys late at night?

My cat has a basket of all sorts of toys. During the day, she will not play with them at all, and I know this for a fact because she takes them out and their scattered around my home. But around 3:...
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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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Is normal for dog to play biting?

I adopted a dog last week, and she was very nervous when she arrived home, but today I was surprised because she wanted to play a lot with me, jumping, running, but also biting (a lot). She wants to ...
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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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Do we really know if cats are “playing”?

So I have a new kitten (8 weeks). She's adorable as anything but she engages in a lot of "play" fighting (scratching, pawing, biting, pouncing, etc). It doesn't bother me at all ( I find it cute that ...
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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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Rottweiler - need a durable chewing toy or ball - desperate owner

I own a female Rottweiler, about 2 years old. I've tried every kind of chewing toy. The only ones she can't destroy are the silicon made ones, but the silicon ball is too heavy for her and she gets ...
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Why doesn't my cat like to do anything?

So, my cat is about 3 years old. She was never really playful, she only really played with her toys for a day or two (longest was a week) before getting bored of them. I can only keep her in my room ...
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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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Family cat is boring--way to bring out it's playful side?

Our family pet cat is very well-behaved, but she's rather plain. She doesn't do any of the crazyfun things cats do on the internet. Is there a way to bring out her playful side?
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How do can you tell if your cat is hurting?

I have 2 cats around the same age as each other, but sometimes their play gets a bit too rough, and my sisters cat (the elder one) will hurt the younger, and he will get cuts that bleed. Is my cat ...
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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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Dog isn't as playful as he has been for the past 5 months

My German Shepherd dog is roughly 1 year old, male and he has been playful and energetic. Now, when we try to get him to play, he doesn't seem like he wants to. Could this be related to joint health? ...
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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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How to prevent play-fighting from escalating?

I have a cat who likes to play-fight with me - and she clearly knows it's just a game, because she is usually very gentle about it, never uses her claws and only nips my hand or fingers softly - it is ...
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Is this indeed playful behaviour for a dog?

I have a 8 months old Mame Shiba. He shows very positive behaviour (greeting in the mornings or when getting home, showing his belly for rubs, fetching, etc) but there is one game he seems to love ...
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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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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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My dog bites me when I hold her collar

I got my dog at a far too young age. I don't blame her problems on that but I would recommend that anyone getting a puppy should only get him/her from a breeder who only lets them go to their new home ...
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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 can I train my dog to fetch (or at least not bark for me to throw the ball)?

I adopted my dog, 8 year old (Nova Scotia duck tolling) Retriever about 8 months ago. She's super smart and learns new tricks really quickly, but I haven't been able to figure out how to teach her to ...
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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 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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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 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 to get the dog to be confident enough to play?

I have a 1.5 year old pointer, which will not play with toys. My intention is to go hunting with him, and therefore he needs to learn how to fetch. I have tried back chain teaching, which were very ...
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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 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 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 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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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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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 with ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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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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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 ...