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

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Is it ok that my puppy needs to very sleepy before they're happy to be alone in crate/pen?

We recently got a french bulldog/jack russel mix puppy of about 8 weeks old. She loves people and loves curling up on your lap to sleep. 3 weeks in (I know not long!) and we are slowly working our ...
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How to get cat to stop howling at my door during the night?

About 6 months ago I had to stop letting my cats into my room because one pees everywhere on everything when I leave my door open, and the other (understandably) can’t hold his bladder all night. So I ...
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Working with fear based puppy before it becomes real aggression

My 7 month mixed breed (lab, cocker spaniel, Pomeranian, and breed groups herding, guard, and sporting, his brother had dna testing) growls, gets stiff and hair stands up when ever he sees someone ...
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My dog is aggressive around other dogs

I have a 1.5 year old St. Bernard. He's amazing with people doesn't like dogs too much. He would get up to sniff them and then immediately go in for a bite. So I have tried taking him to group ...
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How to reduce the attachment of an overly attached stray dog?

About me I am ~20 y/o student and live in college provided hostels. I share room with one person who hates stray dogs while having some at his home. I started getting familiar with dogs ~1 year ago. ...
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Is it possible to train a dog to never bark

My dog barks all the time and it gets very annoying. He is a Jack Russel Terrier mix. Is there a way I can train it to never bark? Thank You
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How can I get my dog to obey and do his business in the garden instead of inside the house?

N.B.: I'm not living at the same location as my fiancée right now, so I can't take action directly. My fiancée has a Shih Tzu who'll soon be 5 years old. He had a habit of refusing do his business ...
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Sweater training my pig

I have a ~5mo (mostly) American mini-pig/potbelly mix. It's starting to get a little colder where I am, and already the little guy is getting hesitant to go outside (and shivering/running back in ...
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How can I teach my cat how to properly bury her own poop?

My cat (a 2 year old female Bengal) has a few issues related to the litter box; one of the strangest is that she can't seem to figure out how to properly bury her poop. She'll go to the litter box, do ...
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Reasons of aggressive cat and even not playing at all!

My cat is around 2 years old. Its Persian male cat. He has no any partner. I don't know what's the problem with it! It is not playing at all, also it is not responding to my voice (except there is ...
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My pig doesn't like being pet

I have a ~5mo (mostly) American mini-pig/potbelly mix. The little guy loves to snuggle. We have a ramp up to our couch that he'll use whenever we're sitting up there. He'll come up, climb on our laps ...
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How do I teach my dog that certain behaviours are off limits when I can't enforce it?

I have two dogs (~2 years old) which have lived with me in my apartment since they were 3 months old. There are certain boundaries that I want to teach them (no putting the paws on tables, no eating ...
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Dog Being Occasionally Defensive

I have a miniature dachshund who is about three years old and so I know it might be a little bit more in their nature but lately he's been getting a little bit more defensive. I pick him up and carry ...
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Goldendoodle puppy outsmarting us for going outside / coming in?

Background So we have a Goldendoodle that is about 8 months old now and has learned many things so far. She knows that if she goes to our side door, we will open it, and she gets to go to our fenced ...
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How to stop my male dog licking other dog urine? [duplicate]

I understand this is all instinctual. He's a mastiff mix and he isn't cut. The big issue is it makes his hormones go crazy and he ends up bleeding (spotting, really) from his man biz. It also makes ...
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How clean are pets?

I am troubled and afraid of pets because of hygiene reasons but almost everyone is telling me I should not consider hygiene as a reason to avoid them and be appalled. I am a person that loves hygiene....
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How to keep Husky/GSD from slowly increasing the effort he puts into pulling?

I have a ~47 lb Husky/GSD who is probably less than 1 year old, and was given up by an animal hoarder. Initially he was very skittish, and shy, but he has made a lot of progress. My goal is to ...
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How to teach new phrases to my cockatiel?

About a year ago I got a 6-month-old male cockatiel who could already speak and whistle. Since then he has learned a variety of new whistles, but I can't seem to get him to learn any new phrases (he ...
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Dog lunges at other dogs

Ok so I have a Male Rhodesian Ridgeback who is 1 year and 3 months old. I started him in puppy classes when he was 11 months old. I have never stopped taking him for training at a school. He knows a ...
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New puppy very playful and happy inside, super scared outside

We recently (3 days ago) got a Shiba Inu of 4 months, she's was with a breeder in the country side whilst we live in a fairly noisy city. She got comfortable at home very quickly, she is joyful and ...
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How can I stop my dog from grabbing on to legs of other dogs?

I just got a new foster dog and he's 11 months old. When he plays with other dogs at the park he grabs onto their legs with his mouth. It's not hard really (a soft bite), but enough that he'll ...
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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: an English short hair father and Russian blue mother. I live in an apartment, and he enjoys walking through the corridor and sniffing everything. The problem I have ...
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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 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 leaves his toy somewhere and just forgets 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 ...