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Training includes correcting problematic behavior and teaching a pet new behavior or habits.

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Two cats ganging up to bully another

I have two cats that have lived with me for 6 years, and a third that has been with me for 2 years, all were kittens when I got them, and they each adjusted to each other well enough. A couple of ...
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Is it possible to teach my cat to express what he wants though visual cues?

My cat usually starts yelling whenever he wants something though it is near impossible to tell if he wants to play chase or want pettings or is hungry. What i want to ask is that can i teach my cat to ...
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Is there a Professional Method of training a cat?

I have two small cats, one of which is a black/very dark navy furred cat that is about a year old. The other is a slightly younger and smaller white furred cat that is about 4/5ths of a year old. I ...
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Is there a way to teach a dog a general lesson in Direction?

I have somewhat taught my border collie to do a lot of things, from Bang, Sit, Lay Down, Hug, Shake, Shake Fur, and even hold his tail in his mouth as he runs around in circles (very funny) (kinda ...
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My dog, Jack Russell, is jealous of others showing me affection

We have a ~10 month old, 5 and a bit kilograms, Jack Russell bitch, "Smudge". Smudge is hardly perfect, but one piece of behavior is a bit worrying. She had tended to yap and feint-lunge at me/us if ...
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What is the best way to keep lawn alive with two big dogs?

I'm about to move into a brand new house with a brand new lawn and I have some concerns... First of all, I want to be able to leave my dogs outside when I go to work, but they will dig. (And I know ...
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What are the pros and cons of using a target together with a clicker in dog training?

(Note: I phrased this question after reading the help file. It is intended to be "constructive subjective", "[inviting the] sharing [of] experiences over opinions" and soliciting only "opinion [that ...
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How to train my parrot to not poop on me?

Please don't say it is their nature and they just do it. Because then it would be a dog's nature to poop in a house (which my dog never does). Also, I have 2 parrots, for some reason the one NEVER ...
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What arguments are there for lure-and-reward (with or without some use of a clicker) as opposed to “pure” clicker training with dogs?

By "pure clicker training" I mean a programme that keeps strictly to the cue-click-reward structure and does not involve any luring, for example with food. Rather, the trainer "captures" behaviours or ...
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What books explain most comprehensively the lure and reward method of dog training?

Having first read some reviews of several books on canine clicker training, in the hunt for works that experienced trainers would list among the "must read" books on the subject, I have now finished ...
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Can a pug be trained for extended hiking

We are thinking of going on a long hike. About 15 km per day for a week. Weather will be mild. We have a five month old healthy pug. At the moment she appears weary after 2 hours walking with us. I ...
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Sump Pump Aggression

My dog is obsessed with my sump pump. This has gotten so bad that she will rush down the stairs every chance she gets and sometimes just sit at the door until someone would open it. Now it’s to the ...
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Attempts at stopping nipping - puppy

Who she is So I will start off with who my dog is. She is a Golden Doodle of 9 weeks old so still very much a puppy. We have had her for about 3 days so I understand that a lot of training will take ...
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My cat mixes up the floors in my building. How can I help him?

My cat comes from two home cats with English shorthair father and Russian blue mother. I live in an apartment and he enjoys walking through the corridor and sniffing everything. The problem I have is ...
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I over correct my dog and now he's scared

I and my roommate both have dogs and we recently (6 months) moved into a new place. I thought the dogs were getting adjusted fine, we walk the dogs around the new area to get familiar and now have a ...
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How do I stop my cat from peeing in her crate?

I have a 3 year old female cat whom I have to put in a crate (a large dog crate) at night or when I leave the house, because otherwise she'll tear up cords and get on the counters inside the house. ...
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How to make a cat remember where did he placed his toys?

My cat is 4 months old now. He always takes his toy off the bed, and once he doesn't want to play, he left his toy somewhere and just forget it. And when he wants to play with his toys, which I ...
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It's not the cats fault it's mine [duplicate]

So I got a cat about 2 months ago. They were not specific of the age as they found her outside fairly young. I don't think they had her long, I'd imagine she's like 5 months old now. She's great with ...
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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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Alternatives to walking a dog

Dogs need to be entertained and physically and mentally stimulated to feel happy. Many behavioral problems are either caused by boredom or could be treated by engaging the dog in different games and ...
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Kitty goes from cuddly to murderous without warning

I have a Maine Coon which was a rescue. She was wild for about five months before the shelter picked her up. I got her at about 5 1/2 months, just over 3 years ago. I figured she'd remain near-...
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How do I teach my dog to “play nice” with smaller dogs?

I have a sight hound, small (22#) female, spayed, not quite 2 1/2 years. We go to the local dog park regularly so that she can run and play. I usually take her to the small dog side, but have taken ...
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training a dog to herd

I am interested to learn how to train a dog (of course of specific breeds) to herd (ducks, other animals). Is there a guide, book, or research results available? I already made a cursory search in ...
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Belgian Malinois training

I just got a Belgian Malinois female dog (she is 4 months now) and I've been wondering some things. I also have an 12 years old female German Shepherd, they get along, even though sometimes the ...
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Bunny pees on bed

I live in a small two rooms apartment (living room + bedroom) with my girlfriend. We adopted a two-years-old rabbit in September and, after the first two weeks, he is a very easy-going rabbit: he ...
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I don't want to be petted. How can I get someone else's dog to ignore me?

Every week, about our entire family meets at grandma's house for coffee and chatter. My aunt has the habit of bringing her dog to those meetings too. He's not too well behaved, begs for food and ...
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Any tips for dogs jumping fence/wall?

I have two 1 yr old Labradors that keep jumping to my neighbors backyard. I installed a fence on top of the wall and now they're jumping to the next door backyard. I can't find any training exercises ...
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Keep the dog off the counter

So I have a big ol' St Bernard well actually I have 2, but the newest one is having a big problem he won't stop taking things off of counters and tables. For the first one I just used negative ...
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what do i need to consider when giving someone a pet as a gift [duplicate]

we give the pet as a gift to someone and owners don’t know how to look after them or didn't really want them in the first place. Don’t add to the death toll by giving the wrong gift to the wrong ...
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My German shepherd puppy is out of control

My German shepherd puppy is fine in the house and is a friendly happy dog but when I take him out he becomes a nightmare. He barks and lunges at other dogs and chases cars constantly. How can I stop ...
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Entertaining a house-bound high energy dog

I have a one year old border collie who has kennel cough. He is vaccinated, I'm not sure how he got it, but here we are. He is confined to the house/yard, and he is losing his mind. He normally goes ...
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My dog is really afraid of whistles

Over the past few months I noticed that my dog has developed an incredible fear around football (soccer) fields or when he is in a room with a TV playing football. At first I thought the shouting and ...
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My dog builds a bed out of my pillows and other things off my bed when I'm out

When I go out without my dog, she takes my pillows and other things off my bed and places them around her dog bed in the living room. She has even removed doonas off the bed. She will take my dressing ...
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Will my dog learn to avoid trees with thorns?

I have about 2 acres of woodland set in a larger (15 acres) wood. I regularly take my dog with me when I visit the wood. She is a 4 year old Vizsla / Staffie cross approx. 19 kg. The woods are a ...
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Calm Dog became agressive towards a younger pup

My roommate has a dog (say, Rex) that I sometimes take out to the dog park. I am not the owner of the dog but he does seem to listen to me in our interactions. Also, he is quite obedient and friendly-...
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Knocking everything over [duplicate]

We have a male cat who is about 1.7 years old. Neutered 5 months ago. Just recently, he has started climbing on cabinets and knocking everything off that he can. He has now reverted to knocking ...
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Retraining elderly cat to use litter box

I have an elderly cat who has a history of digestion issues. A couple months ago he started having severe constipation, which he alerted me to by pooping on the floor in front of the litter box ...
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How i can stop my parrot bad habbit to not cut my shoes or sandal stone?

How i can stop my parrot bad habbit to not cut my shoes or sandal stones?
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How do I get my cat to leave my room alone?

I have an adult cat named Rizzo. Not entirely sure of age/breed. He's very affectionate, an absolute sweetheart, very loud, and despite being an indoor cat he's very interested in the outdoors. He's ...
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Do Crimson Rosella male parrots learn quicker than their female counterpart?

In a parrot community, do Crimson Rosella male parrots learn quicker than their female counterpart?
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How can I punish my forgetful cat? [duplicate]

My cat, who I can best describe as an unpleasant character, has perfected the art of knocking plates/glasses off tables and shelves, eating my food when I'm not looking, running around at insane ...
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How do I stop my blind kitten from biting/clawing living things?

I’ve trained many cats and kittens, but I recently adopted a new challenge, that’s proved to be, well, a bit of a challenge. I’ve adopted two kittens, brothers, and one is a special needs cat: he is ...
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My 2 cats never faught each other. When we moved, fighting was common. How could I resolve this?

Could I condition them? I'm gone for 10 hours a day. There are toys laying around. I play with them once I'm home & through the rest of the day. Could I effecively condition them to not fight, ...
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Boyfriend's dog peed on me

So my boyfriend has an almost ten-year-old pom/Yorkie dog. Before moving in with him he did tell me that she didn’t really like females but she seemed to like me. Well, when he lived with another ...
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Can goldfish jump out of water?

Previously I asked "Can goldfish be Trained?" and the answer was yes. But my plan is to train my fishies to jump out of the water get food. I did a Google image search and it looks like goldfish can ...
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Puppy great in public but bad in puppy class

My 6 month shepherd mix Rooney has been in puppy class since he was 5 months. He started out being the star of the class. These last few weeks he seems to be showing aggressive behaviour toward the ...
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Can goldfish be trained?

I've recently got a family of goldfish and I want to encourage them to be interactive. Can they be trained? Background: I have 3 comet goldfish. During the transition to their tank, I must have ...
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How can I improve my relationship with my Husky, and it's living situations

I just got a Husky puppy just over week ago, she is now nine weeks old (her name is Nova). She has several bad puppy habits I am attempting to train, and her living situation could be improved but I ...
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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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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 ...