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

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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 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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Cat meows for wet food in morning despite dry food being available

My kitty has been waking me up early every morning begging for wet food. He has dry food available but obviously prefers the wet. I've tried ignoring him, but he will meow for over an hour straight ...
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How do I keep a cat out of my Christmas tree?

It's that time of year when many of us put a pine tree up in our living room and decorate with lots of shiny objects and string-like items. It seems that many cats find this combination to be almost ...
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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 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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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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How to train a dog to poo in a particular part of the garden?

I have a puppy that poos outside in the garden. However, she is not selective in the location where she poos, and the garden is relatively large. This makes the weekly clean up a bit of a scavenger ...
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How can I train a dog to behave with a cat?

I have witnessed my neighbor's Golden Retriever misbehave with their Persian Cat. He puts the cat's tail in his mouth like a toy, removes much of the cat's hair with his mouth; essentially, he ...
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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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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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How do I walk a small dog afraid of loud noises in an urban area?

I have a miniature dachshund puppy (10 months, 9lbs.) that is easily frightened by loud noises, such as trucks passing by. Walking in any urban setting seems to be a negative experience, but she ...
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How do I help my dog with major leash anxiety?

I am fostering a dog who was left chained to a fence outdoors for several days. Inside our house, he is friendly and very affectionate with all people. He has a healthy, shiny coat, he's extremely ...
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How can I teach my cat that the middle of the night is not the time to play fetch?

Somewhere in his life, my cat determined he really loves to play fetch. Usually this is not a problem - he brings me a toy, I throw it, he brings it back, I throw it again, repeat as necessary (...
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How can I prevent my dog from digging in furniture?

My 12 year old Shih Tzu has always been well behaved, but lately has started to climb on the furniture when no one is home and excessively dig, to the point that she has started to damage it. A few ...
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How can I teach my dog to walk on slippery floors?

One of my Chihuahuas has small problems with her balance so she's afraid of walking on wooden floors. She will walk on carpets, grass, stone and snow just fine, but she won't go on wooden surfaces ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 hard will it be to train my parrot to talk?

I'm thinking of buying a young parrot, but I don't have much experience with parrots. So I want to know if anybody has one and how hard it would be to train the parrot to talk. I'll love any useful ...
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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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How can I prevent my dog's frantic behavior when the doorbell rings?

My 5-year-old pug barks, whines, runs, jumps and lunges at the door when the doorbell goes off or if we have people come to the door. Since she is the largest and loudest of our 3 dogs, she gets the ...
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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 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 train my cat to stop “demand meowing”, but not “request meowing”?

By demand meowing, I of course mean that loud, aggressive, nonstop meowing. I understand that you can positively reinforce silence by rewarding a cat when it stops meowing (eg, "Training your cat ...
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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 can I stop my dogs from barking at animals on television?

I have 2 pugs. When they see an animal on television, they alert and bark like crazy. If I tell them to stop, they will stop barking loudly, but continue to growl. If the animal stays onscreen for a ...
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How can I train my guinea pigs to not attack one another?

I own 2 female guinea pigs. I came home one day to find that one of them had a large amount of blood coming out of its ear. There is nothing in the cage that would produce that amount of blood besides ...
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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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Rectifying behavioral issues stemmed from hitting my dog as punishment

Okay, now I know opinions are largely divided on whether negative or positive reinforcement is the best way to discipline a dog, that's not my question. From since she was a puppy (she's a 10 month ...
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How do I get my dog to stop stealing socks?

My dog greatly enjoys stealing socks and running around with them in his mouth any chance he gets. He doesn't destroy them; he just holds on to them. Eventually, he will get bored with this and just ...
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How can I tell whether my horse recognizes his name?

I've been wondering if my horse understands his name. By "understand", I mean "does he know I address him in particular if I call his name"? I'm not really sure how to verify this, but I'm tempted ...
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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 to prevent my dog from bringing stuff into the house?

My 9 month old dog uses a doggy door to go into our enclosed backyard. She has started to pick up stuff like sticks, dead bugs, even dog droppings missed in clean-up and bring it into the house. We of ...
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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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A dog who doesn't want to have a walk

A couple of weeks ago, I adopted a stray dog. He's a big, young (about 1.5 years) nice and very tame animal. We have two other dogs, much older (boy and girl) and inter-dog relations are good. But the ...
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What is “crating” a dog?

First; this is not to ask for a step-by-step training advice. There are many questions and answers on Pets-SE that mention "crating" and "crate-training" a dog. First time I personally found crate-...
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In giving my cat a “space” (bed) on my desk, should I strictly enforce that she stay there only?

After reading answers to a question on this site about a cat being problematic on a desk, I followed advice there and gave my kitten her own space on my desk: And I have gotten the message to her ...
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How would I socialise my puppy with other animals and people?

At what age should a puppy start socialising? What are the best ways to socialise my dog, to make it friendly with other animals and all sorts of people, from children to the elderly?
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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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Cat won't use cat flap

We have 4 cats and have recently moved from an apartment with no cat flap to a house with one. 3 of the cats started using it within a week, but 1 is very stubborn and just won't use it and it's now ...
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How should I teach my cats to use a cat door?

I've just installed a cat door in our basement, to let the cats get into a room that we've been using for storage. Ultimately, we intend to move the cats' litter boxes into that storage room, which ...
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Dog urinating when greeting people

We have a 1 year 2 month-old collie/lab cross. He has a pretty manic/wired temperament so we have to work pretty hard to get him to calm down/relax. Lately, we've been having a problem whereby he is ...
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How to teach a dog how to bark?

I have a 5 year old male German Shorthair Pointer / Black Lab mix. When I let him outside, I would like him to bark to get back in, so that if I am not in the room to let him in, I could hear him bark....
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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 do I prevent my cat from getting on the table?

We have a 7-month-old cat. I would like to prevent her from getting on the dinner table because it's likely there's something to eat, or at least a water jug there, and we don't want her to start ...
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Teaching a dog to play fetch

I have a six month old Rhodesian Ridgeback who I have not been able to cultivate an interest in playing fetch. I take him outside and he is more interested in walking around and chewing on sticks ...

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