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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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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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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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How cruel is it to make your cat listen to other cats?

From time to time, to control how cats act, I use other cat sounds (I play these sounds using my phone). Female cats are attracted to crying kittens, whether they are spayed or not, while male cats ...
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How to “coach” dog - child meetings at the street?

My son is around 6 years old. On the way to school we see many different dogs. He wants to touch everyone. What guideline can I provide my son, to interact with unknown dogs? Aims: not scare my son; ...
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Adopted a 7 month old cat a day ago, today she is hissing and yowling in the safe room

My partner and I adopted a 7 month old cat yesterday, she seemed fine, we were in her safe room for a few hours at a time, and she was curious and played and explored just fine. No hissing, and only a ...
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How can I introduce my puppy to my boyfriend's dogs?

I recently moved in with my boyfriend and brought along my year-old intact male pup, and my boyfriend has four other dogs. Including his attentive, jealous German Shepherd, and I want my pup to get ...
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What should I do to make my cat spend more time with us?

So we have a black cat, who is the son of a white female stray cat we used to feed. We call the female cat Kuchi, and her son Gulu (9 months old). Gulu was born inside our house, he is almost like our ...
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My dog claws at me when he wags his tail. Why does he do this?

My dog wags his tail and then paws me with his front paws and I am at a loss as to explain what he wants. This rarely occurs while I eat, and usually occurs when I am doing normal things, like being ...
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Introducing a third cat into a two cat household

Last year, I adopted two Tabby sisters. They were seven months old at the time. They have settled in nicely, and play peacefully together. I have been approved for a third cat, which we have plenty of ...
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Is there hope cats will be friends after lukewarm start?

I have a one-year-old British Blue boy called Sausage. He is neutered and very calm, sweet, affectionate, and social. I had always planned to get him a companion as he gets along well with everyone ...
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Advice on my abused rescue cat

I am getting a rescue cat from a local charity, she is 3 to 4 years old and seems very affectionate in the videos. She has had a hard life so far, though, stolen and repeatedly bred, then booted out ...
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Will getting another cat change my cat's behavior?

I have a ~1.5 year old male tabby cat. I have had him since he was just 2 weeks old, when he was still basically blind and didn't yet know how to walk. I have raised him extremely lovingly and as a ...
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Calming aggressive puppy

Me and my girlfriend got our puppy (German Pinscher) 4 weeks ago. Everything went on fine so far, he is quite an energetic comrade, but we try to give him as much rest as possible. Sometimes, it is ...
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Cat Not Socializing with Partner's Cats

Just looking for any tips or insight here, my partner and I have four cats (more details shortly) and multiple different issues for their socialization. All the cats were fixed at a young age and all ...
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How many different cats can a cat keep track of?

I have four cats, adopted as kittens over a period of time, with some gap between adoptions. Cat #1 (the first one) dislikes cats #2, #3, and #4 (hisses at them, and generally avoids them). Cat #2 ...
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How to make an unsocialized cat get along with a socialized cat

Short summary of my tomcats: Bodhi: 1 year old; has been living for 5 months with me; checked by vet last time a month ago and is healthy; he gets along great with me, but he uses his claws if I pet ...
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Cat won't come out after a year of ownership

Similar questions have been asked, but I've not seen one that matches the situation described below. I have 3 cats. One is 5 years old and has been with us most of that time, one is 2 years old and we'...
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General and specific advice regarding feral kittens

Backstory: (Might be relevant) Wife and I have found a colony of feral cats in our city, consisting of a mom and a litter of four kittens. We took an instant liking to them and from that point on for ...
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Resident cat guarding the door where the new cat is

We're trying to introduce Lucena, a 1 year old shy Siamese female kitten, to Elsa, a 3 year old extrovert Siamese female cat, living with us in our apartment since two years. Both are spayed. We ...
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Is my older dog going to hurt my puppy?

So we have had our 2 year old lab since she was 10 months old and she's been an only child for 2 years. We just brought a 10 week old puppy home and the 2 year old follows the puppy around the house ...
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Male Budgie doesn't want female in his cage

We recently got a female friend for our old male budgie. They are not doing much outside the cage. Right now they have separate cages. But the female wants to get inside the male's cage, I think ...
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Should I take a stray with me when I move, if I already have a indoor cat?

I've had my cat since it was a kitten. He is strictly indoor and has never been around other cats. He's now 7 years old. I've also befriended a stray and been feeding her for the last 2½ years and she ...
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Rats: I have 1 male 1 female, she just had babies. How long can male be left alone in the cage?

My husband brought me home 3 rats, he doesn't know much about them so when he was told they were all female he didn't pay much attention. Turns out there were 2 males and 1 female. Within a day, one ...
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I hit my cat and now he hates me

Well, I used to hit my cat from time to time when he did something wrong. He had just turned one year old and I’ve been hitting him so much lately, that now he no longer asks for cuddles, kisses or ...
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One of our cats is a bully (and the victim is scared to go the litterbox)

We have three cats: two slightly older females (4 and 5 years old) and a young male (about 1 year old). The two females get along fine and the younger female and the male get along fine, but the male ...
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15 Year old cat used to other cats/dogs now alone

My 15 year old cat (Simon) grew up with dogs since he was born. He actually thinks he's a dog (still plays fetch), so cute. When he was young, I got him another kitty friend, Buddy. They lived ...
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Why does my cat never like to be picked up?

I have a 2 year old neutered male house cat. Had him since he was 10 weeks old. He has never liked being picked up - no matter how gently we do it. He does not like being petted very often either, and ...
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Husband stepped on the cat's head, and now she hates him

While I was away, my husband gave my cat a bath and accidentally stepped on her head hard. She swelled up pretty bad, but she recovered. Every time he gives her a bath now, her head swells. But ...
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How long will the cat remember an unpleasant, failed kitten introduction?

My 2 year old female cat, named Flo, was just introduced to a 5 week old baby kitten that we had planned on rescuing. After the kitten had been here for about 4 hours, we soon realized Flo was not ...
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Why are some cats more vocal than others?

To put this in my perspective. I have three cats at home. They are silent, hardly ever meow but will occasionally purr if you stroke them in the right spot. They will also occasionally rub on you but ...
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Can an abused, malnourished and matted poodle 2½ - 3 yrs old ever show unconditional love like he was intended to?

I recently got an abused, malnourished and severely matted miniature male poodle 2 ½ - 3 years old. This is when I picked him up at the farm in Pittstown, N.J. on January 16th, 2020. ...
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How long will it take feral kittens (5 and 8 months old) to adjust to their new home?

On January 5, they were trapped along with several others from a cat colony and were brought to a sub Foster’s house in a cage where they remained with their colony mates. They were then taken to ...
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How can I recover my cat and boyfriends relationship

My boyfriend is an alcoholic and has done some horrible things when he's got hammered. It had affected the whole family and been a very toxic abusive time for the last three years. My cat is terrified ...
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Bull Arab entertainment [duplicate]

We have a beautiful natured large bull Arab dog. Due to being pregnant I have been told to reduce my interactions with him incase my tummy gets a knock to it. My neighbour is walking him some ...
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How do I know if the dogs are playing too rough

I have American Staffy female rescue from the pound 5 months a go friendly with other dogs love the play yesterday got rescue Staffy shorter breed both same age he's a male he's very friendly as well ...
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How can we encourage our kitten to come up to us, if we're unable to get down on the floor with her?

My brother just lost his cat to cancer, he is alone, and really needs companionship of our kitten. She uses her litter box and is eating good. He gave her a room with all her stuff in it. She doesn't ...
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How long to settle who's alpha?

Background: I got a male Bengal kitten at 3 months. When he was 7 months, I added a male Savannah who was 12 months. I isolated them for about a week, then did controlled meetings for a few days, and ...
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Kneading and drooling in cat

A neighbour's cat occasionally visits me (spayed tom) and while I enjoy his company, he has one habit that is somewhat antisocial. He seems to really like physical contact, but will often have a ...
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New Cat Meows Constantly

My husband adopted a feral black cat a couple of days ago. He's an absolute sweetheart, only a little over one year old, but he meows constantly. Whether he's with us, playing, or in his room, he's ...
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How to socialize unneutered female and male rabbit, before or after neutering?

Situation: We own an unneutered female rabbit, since one week she is alone because her partner died. The search for a new partner is difficult, because we want an adult neutered rabbit-man for her, ...
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Why is my hermit crab more active after passing away of his fellow crab?

I started with two hermit crabs, and they would run through the normal hermit crab cycle of not being out much during the day and being more active at night. Recently, one of my hermit crabs died and, ...
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How can I deter my cat's unwelcome guest from coming inside?

This week, my neutered middle age male cat called Garfy brings home a 'guest', who is a much smaller cat. I guess it's very young, but not sure of the gender or origin, so let's just call it Taby. I ...
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Neighbourhood cat claiming our home as her territory

I live in a neighbourhood which is inhabited by a fairly large number of cats. One in particular, a smokey grey female around 3-4 years old, is very friendly, to the point where she casually strolls ...
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Moving into new house, neighbours have sensitive dog

I am moving house and on visits to inspect the property before moving in, the neighbours dog would bark very aggressively whenever I went out to the back garden. The dog does not bark when I am inside ...
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What to do with a bonded domestic rabbit and a cottontail

Last summer my one of my female rabbits bonded with a male cottontail rabbit. Before I was able to catch her, they would hand out nightly in the neighbors driveway. This went on for a few months. I ...
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My second cat doesn't know how to play with my other cat and thinks that she's being attacked

We've got a 7-month old calico cat named Milù, who is very active, mischievous and loves to play - with toys or with us. She loves playing hide-and-seek, stalking on us, attacking our hands and feet, ...
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When and why do dogs “stop liking other dogs”?

When I walk my dogs I frequently meet other people with dogs that say that my dogs can't greet their dog because their dog doesn't like other dogs. This claim always baffles me. Dogs are pack animals ...
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One of my dogs harass my other dogs, even though they are submissive

I partially work with dog sitting and have a little pack of a handful dogs that I take care of a couple of days a week (that is, typically I have each dog 2-3 days per week, sometimes they are alone ...