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How to introduce my aggressive dog to other canines?

My dog Rex is a rescue dog, and an aggressive one. He was known at his former shelter for breaking out of his cage and fighting other animals. He will see another dog at 500 ft. away and start "...
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How can I tell if my cat is happy?

As a cat owner, I'd of course like to know if my cat is happy. However, most known indicators don't really apply; purring seems to happen for a variety of emotions, meowing vary greatly between ...
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How can I stop my inside cat from being irritated by other outside cats or animals?

I have one cat at the moment, who is inside all of the time, but he loves to sit in windowsills. It doesn't happen often, but there are many nights where another cat or an animal such as a raccoon ...
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How can I safely reintegrate 3 male dogs that have a history of fighting?

Everyone in my immediate family has male dogs: my parents have a 4-year old boxer, my sister has a 2-year old mini pinscher/terrier mix, and my wife & I have a 12-year old pug. All 3 dogs are ...
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How can I encourage my kitten to leave my adult cat alone?

We currently have two cats; one less than a year old and another around 6. Our adult cat simply wishes to be left alone, but our kitten wants to play with anything and everything all the time, ...
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Why doesn't my cat like being held?

We adopted our full-grown cat when she was a couple of months old. She has never shown any signs of having been ill-treated prior to our ownership of her. The problem is that whenever I grab my cat ...
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Encourage rescue cat to sit in lap

About a year ago, we adopted a rescue cat who was about 8 years old. She is gradually flinching less when we bend down to pet her and she will sit next to me and loves to be petted. She will not ...
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Will kittens of a feral mom “suddenly become feral” if they are allowed outside?

Right now my neighbor has a feral cat and her litter of kittens. They are around 7-8 weeks old and she is planning to give them away. However she insists on keeping them locked in her garage of late ...
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Can an adult feral cat be socialized/domesticated?

My mother was active at spay and release (trapping feral cats, spaying or neutering them, and then releasing them back into the neighborhoods they lived in) at her old house. By the time she left, ...
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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 keep my cat from being scared any time he sees or hears a person?

One of my cats will avoid any central parts of the house or run through them very quickly. He also runs in fear any time someone walks into the room he's in or if he hears voices at the front door. ...
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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 can I tell the difference between play and aggression at the dog park?

I have heard some real horror stories about taking dogs to the dog park. Too many owners just let their dogs run unsupervised, and many people seem unable to distinguish dog-on-dog play from dog-on-...
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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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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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What problems may arise if you raise two puppies from the same litter in the same household?

What problems may arise if you raise two puppies from the same litter in the same household? I've had many professional trainers say this is a bad idea but I'd like to know the reasons why. And I'd ...
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Choosing a second fish for a lone goldfish

I have a lone goldfish, a comet, about 10 cm long from tip to tail. I want to buy a second fish and am wondering about size. Is it ok to introduce a much smaller goldfish, or maybe three smaller ...
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Possible sign of dog-to-dog aggression in a 3 dog household

I have a friend who recently adopted a boxer from a rescue (they've had the dog full-time for about a month now on a semi-trial basis). There is little information on his history as he was just found ...
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How do I stop my dog from barking at random strangers

We have a 3 month old puppy who is 50% Anatolian Shepherd and 50% unknown (though we suspect some bloodhound). She is very gentle at playing, loves meeting and playing with new people, and has never ...
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What is a recommended amount of human contact necessary to socialize kittens?

It is well-known that some human contact including petting and touching is necessary to socialize kittens to be comfortable around humans. I have no experience with this and work a day job, what is ...
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How can I teach my deaf puppy social graces?

We have a dachshund that is about a year old now. We found out at about 2 or 3 months that he was deaf stemming from him being double dapple. We have tried to socialize him as much as possible 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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Why does my dog get scared when approached and petted?

My parents have two female dogs. Both were rescued from the streets and arrived very young. One is already 5 years old and the youngest is about 1 year old and weighs roughly 6 lbs. The youngest is ...
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Should you pet a bird, and if so, how?

Do birds respond to petting, like cats and dogs do? Do they like being gently brushed against their heads? Does grooming in this sense exist in the avian world?
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What is the socially accepted approach to letting people interact with your dog/puppy?

We adopted a puppy (50% Anatolian Shepherd, 50% unknown) a couple of months ago and have just started taking her out to socialize her with other people since she got her final shots. She absolutely ...
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Should dogs be allowed to greet each other?

This weekend has been rich in experiences, both for me and for my dog (who is a puppy). As the weather finally improved, we met many more dogs at the park. Experience 1 My dog was unleashed. I ...
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Integrating a small kitten with an older cat

We have a 10 month old male cat (virtually full grown) and we recently adopted a 6 week old male kitten. we did everything the internet recommended regarding this situation (separating them in ...
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Is my cat's aggressive behavior playful or mean, and how do I stop it?

My boyfriend and I moved in together a year ago, each bringing one cat. The older cat moved with me on moving day and the younger one arrived a few days later. One cat is an eight-year-old female. ...
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How many gallons is enough space for two bettas where one is male?

If I have a 30 gallon (ca. 113 litres) tank that is medium planted. Would it be OK to keep two male bettas, or one male and one female betta? I have read a lot of stuff online about keeping a group ...
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Do ants mourn their dead?

Do ants exhibit any signs of grief (or other human-like emotions for that matter, i.e. affection..) such as mourning the loss of others from their colony, burying their dead, or trying to aid the ...
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Is my goldfish ok on his own in a pot pond?

I have three big outdoor pot ponds for goldfish. There were three living in a pot together for 2-3 years. I then moved the biggest fish into a separate pond pot by himself, as he was bumping at one of ...
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How do I stop my Red Nose Pitbull from barking at my neighbors cat?

My neighbors have a cat that comes into our backyard at night to sleep (so cute) but my meanie Red Nose always goes over to bark at the cat. I understand my dog is trying to protect us but this cat ...
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What is a good way to spend quality time with my housemate's dog while looking after it?

Hope you'll forgive the beginner nature of this question. I am not a dog person, so I have very little knowledge or experience with dogs, and most of the information on the web seems (quite ...
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What should I do with a dog who is afraid of everyone except me?

My dog is scared of everyone except me. He used to stay on a farm where some people always teased him. Now he is scared of everyone except me because he knows me. What can I do for him?
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How should I train my dog to remain calm on lead around other dogs?

I've been working with my dog for some months now, with her on lead walking. One of the things we're still having difficulty with is other dogs. Specifically - I don't think she's being aggressive ...
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How can I encourage two cats to get along? [duplicate]

In three days my friend is dropping off his cat so I can watch it for a week while he is on vacation. However, the last time I watched his cat my cat attacked him. These two cats hate each other and ...
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How do you make sure a guard Llama stays protective but is also used to your own dogs?

I have a small hobby flock of sheep that I use for training my herding dogs. These sheep are pets and are pretty used to dogs. I recently added a guard Llama because the lambs were being prayed on by ...
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Is it normal that my cat licks my clothes?

My cat likes (specially in the mornings) to lie in my chest while I'm reading or looking something in my laptop and then he starts to purr and to lick my clothes. He does it with as much passion as ...
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Do smaller numbers of goldfish form pairs?

I've been asking a lot of questions about goldfish, as I am preparing for a bigger pond. I currently have three comets that I will move to the bigger pond. The pond will be approx 350 L so there ...
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Placating isolated kitten

I have a kitten (15 weeks) that has to be isolated while she's being treated for ringworm (for six weeks). She's from a shelter, and I don't know when she was separated from her mother or littermates....
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Why is my older dog becoming withdrawn from me and aggressive towards my younger dog?

Our 3 year old pit bull mix recently passed away. We waited a few weeks and noticed our 5 year old was missing her friend. We adopted a 3 year old female lab mix and initially all was well. Now 2 ...
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Is my hedgehog too agressive?

I recently obtained a female albino hedgehog from her previous owners. They weren't that fond of the hedgehog and didn't socialize her well during the ~8 months they had her (they got her at ~1-2 ...
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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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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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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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Should a mirror be removed from a budgie cage before socializing it with others?

Today we were gifted with a budgie from an elderly extended family member who is no longer able to care for her along with a cage containing a couple of mirrors. She seems quite transfixed on them and ...
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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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Is it good to keep on of a cat's kittens instead of rehoming them all?

My cat is pregnant for the very first time. My question: is it good for a cat to keep one of her own kittens (male or female?) The rest of kitties will go to our friends' homes, and after this ...
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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 ...