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

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How can stop my adult cat from urinating in inappropriate places?

My 8 year old cat has recently began urinating in inappropriate places. How can I correct this behavior? At first he started urinating on the floor, in a small area in the basement. I moved a litter ...
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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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How should I discipline my cat for bad behavior?

There are a couple of things that I try and prevent my cat from doing: jumping up on the kitchen counter and being mean to the dog (who is obedient and minds his own business). It's easy to catch him ...
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How do I discourage my cat from biting?

I adopted an adult cat from a shelter. The cat had been seized (along with 20+ others) by Animal Control from a hoarder and there is no prior medical history. Age estimates range from 3-6 years and he ...
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How can I train my dog to stop eating everything?

He's almost a year now (about 10 months old), and I thought it was just a phase, but it's not so much like that as it seems. I've had problems with him eating wood (from chewing on tree branches), ...
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How to prevent my dog from barking constantly when I am not at home?

My 11 years old Bishon Frise constantly barks when there's no one at home. Even if we stay away for 4, 5 hours. She got raucous once for barking too much. What could be causing that and how can I ...
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How can I prevent my puppy from chewing on objects?

I have a 3 months old Labrador puppy who is very active. She is a very smart dog, maybe a little over-smart. The problem is that she tries to chew anything that comes into her way. Be it a ball, ...
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How do I transition my dog from using potty pads to going outside?

I have a 2-year old Yorkie that I am having problems with potty training. I read in a few Yorkie books that we should start off by placing potty pads in various places around the house, then slowly ...
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What is an effective way to discipline a dog?

My Friend's dog has so many bad behaviour like: Barking at people unnecessarily, fighting other dogs, bringing dirt in the house, defecating anywhere in the house and lots of others. My friend ...
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Made my cat scared of me, need help

Unfortunately I've messed up and don't really know how to remedy the situation, I need some suggestions and help. The situation is as follows: my in-laws are vets and do a lot of pro-bono work. One ...
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How do I stop my cat from biting cords?

My cat bites my electronic cords and chews on them. The cat has chewed through a couple cords already. What is a safe and effective way to get the cat to stop biting the cords?
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How to stop cat from going to a risky area

A year ago, my cat had broken her leg (two compound fractures) after she fell off the balcony (7 stories). Miraculously she survived and lived two months with a bandage. Me and my girlfriend were ...
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Positive reinforcement to diminish barking

This is a question for my friend who has a (female) Chihuahua (8 years old) named Maple. She has a tendency to bark at pretty much every person who enters the house, even if it's family and friends. ...
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How to properly train a dog to come when I call him?

I think that the most important command that every dog should know and obey is "Come!". Or "Here!" which is more like the word I use in my own language. I have no trouble with my own two dogs obeying ...
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How can I train my cats to only eat from their own bowls?

My vet recently put two (of our four) cats on a prescription diet. We're having trouble getting all of the cats to accept it, and it would be easier (now and in the future) if everyone ate off of ...
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How can we prevent our cats from scratching on our chair?

My wife recently had a chair reupholstered, after the cats had damaged it to the point it was looking really shabby. When she contacted the restoration company, she found out that the chair is ...
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How do I teach a young dog or puppy not to bite me?

My dog is 7 months old, she's pretty large, and is still biting... My dog sometimes gets energized, starts biting her toys, running around the house, and this can quickly turn to biting us and our ...
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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 I keep my neighbor's dogs out of my yard?

My neighbor owns 2 Springer Spaniels that they never leash. Our yard is divided by a low rock wall, whereas the neighbor to the other side has no such barrier. Because of this, the dogs see my yard ...
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How can I classically condition my two cats to not scratch on my bedroom door at night?

I have two cats (one female and one male) that get along very well and are very personable. They love being around people especially my boyfriend and I which is not ever a problem besides when we go ...
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My dog is destroying things and peeing inside when I am at work. How can I get him to stop?

I have a 7.5 year old pit bull and he likes to destroy things while I am at work (the couch, anything kind of box left out, anything left on the table - edible or not) and he likes to pee inside. He ...
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My dog is becoming unusually hyper. Whining, won't hold still, and jumping/nipping at me

My dog is just over a year old, so full blown puppy stage... but she is constantly hyper. I don't mean like burst of energy then she lays down. She is always moving. I'll play with her, take her on ...
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How to stop dog chewing things

My dog is about 18 months old now. And he's still chewing things he shouldn't. There's two problems really: Picking up things to run off and chew, anything out of the ordinary, like tissue on the ...
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How can I keep my cat from climbing on my desk?

My cat loves to climb on my desk at home. Problem is, he is constantly knocking things off (he broke a cup and a couple other things this week), and messing up stuff on my desk, bumping my monitors, ...
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Negative reinforcement: how to replace an object?

My Beauce Shepherd is now 9 months old. We have followed some behaviour education classes with a personal trainer and everything went very well. Before the dog would do as he wanted and now, he just ...
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Spray bottle becoming ineffective

I have two cats, both under 6 months old (I guess you could call them kittens). I have used a spray bottle in the past as negative reinforcement, which worked great on one of them (the one that's ...
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How often and long should I walk my puppy?

My puppy is seven weeks old, we have been playing with her and getting her used to running around with a collar and lead. She quite enjoys coming for walks, even with the lead on. Aside from issues ...
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Is corporal punishment an effective training method for dogs?

This answer got me thinking, is corporal punishment really an effective training method for dogs? Without doubt there are people firmly on both sides of any position like this, so answers that we ...
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How can I regain my dog's trust after accidentally hurting them with a toy?

I just purchased a chuck it tennis ball that comes with the throwing handle for my dog. Just about 15 mins after I bought it and tried it out with the dog, she loved it. The throwing handle is a ...
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My puppy pees inside even though I think I'm doing everything right

I have a 6 month old Shih Tzu and I feel like I am following all of the standard advice about house training him to not pee inside. I live in NYC on the 8th floor, but with a balcony. We have a crate, ...
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How can I help my cat to enjoy, or at least accept, bathing

I have a two year old female cat. I'm used to bathe her once a week with a special shampoo for cats. Sadly, the cat never liked the bath. Instead, few times when I start preparing the bath for her (e....
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What can I do if my puppy is hyperactive?

About a month a go I got a 8 week male dachshund and ever since the first days he seemed overexcited. Jumping up, chasing my cat around, excessive licking when someone pets him and so on. At the ...
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How should I correct my dog when I catch him drinking his urine?

So my dog drinks his pee, and it's been suggested to correct his behavior when I catch him. As suggested, rubbing his nose in it is not the correct tactic, and in fact may have created the behavior. ...
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How can I tell if my cat knows his name?

I call my cat by his name, "Sterling", often, either to tell him nice things ("I love you too, Sterling") or when I need to blame him for something ("Sterling, NO. NO pushing things off of tables!"), ...
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How can I stop my cat from eating plastic?

One of my cats will eat anything that is soft plastic. He will eat shopping bags, cellophane wrappers, anything. Fortunately, he hasn't had any issues. I've seen plastic in his poop, so when he ...
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How do I crate train an adult dog?

This question My dog is destroying things and peeing inside when I am at work. How can I get him to stop? led me to ask this. Some of the reasons to crate train a dog, as set out by the RSPCA Vic ...
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How do I stop my Shiba puppy from screaming at the top of his lungs everyday at 6am?

How do I stop by Shiba puppy from screaming at the top of his lungs everyday at 6am, both in the short term and in the long term? He is currently being crated at night and for a few hours during the ...
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How do I stop my dog from jumping on me?

My dog jumps on me all of the time. How can I get him to stop?
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How can I persuade our Maine Coon to be less messy with food?

Our kitty (7 months) has less-than-desirable table manners that I would like to abate a bit, as they interfere with our cleanness standards. (The kitty seems to have, from the start, high cleanness ...
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How do I stop my cat from knocking over items on shelves?

I have had a brother and sister pairing of cats since they were 4 weeks old (same litter too). The male was definitely the bolder, always being the one to check out an area before my female came ...
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Dog won't give the ball back

He's an American Bulldog btw. The thing is, he won't give you the ball back. He will chase it, get it and come back but he will just stand there with it in his teeth. I tried food (he's normally VERY ...
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Cat: Sanitary Issues and Peeing Outside The Box

I have a two year old Bengal who, since she was a kitten: Doesn't cover her pee or poop in the litter box after she is done. Meaning, if she comes back to a littler box with uncovered pee/poop, she'...
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Cats eat each other's food (and dog's food), makes it hard to keep track of when they eat

I have two cats; Rosie (female, 7 years old), and Pepe (male, 3 years old). Problem is, they eat each other's food, and it makes it hard to keep track of who just ate, especially because Rosie likes ...
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Puppy crate training

I need some advice. I have a 9 month old female puppy who I'm trying to housebreak. I work Monday-Friday, leave at 6am and get home at 5pm. I understand it's a long time for her to be alone. I've been ...
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How do I keep my neighbor's cat from defecating in my yard?

One of my neighbors (not sure which one) has a cat that keeps defecating in my yard, I keep finding remnants every other day. While amusing, I don't have time to build the motion activated scare ...
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What can I do to prevent/educate a kitten from chewing wires?

I just got my first kitten 2 weeks ago. She is 14 weeks old and likes to chew everything. I bought a couple of toys and she seems to enjoy them very much. But as soon as she gets access to some kind ...
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Cat in a electronics hobbyist house

I really want a cat, but the problem is that my hobby is electronics. Half my house is a lab. I don't have dangerous equipment, but I do have tiny pieces. Most of the time are inside boxes, but when I ...
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Dog jumps and bites when another dog is around

My 6 months old dog loves her hairy friends. She loves them too much. When there's another dog around, she plays with them, jumping and biting them. When that happens, she completely ignores us or any ...
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How to I make my dog understand that I want him to go to a certain spot?

I want to train my dog to go to a specific place when I drive back to my home at the end of the day. I've already trained him to stay in this place, but I need to go with him, what I would like him to ...
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Dog knows to stop on leash, but still pulls

My dog understands that when he pulls we stop, and he comes and sits by my side. But then he pulls right after that and then will come to me. So he knows what to respond with when I stop him from ...