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

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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 help my colleague train her dog to behave in the workplace? [closed]

I work in a small office of eight people, one of whom bought a Cockapoo puppy a year ago. In the main it's a great set-up (for Twiglet and us), but recently we've been having some problems that we're ...
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How do I make my chicken overcome his fears?

My new chicken was formerly living with my uncle before I adopted him. According to what my uncle told me, the chicken once experienced another chicken being killed with a knife. Since then this ...
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How can I train my rabbit to use the toilet?

We know from What is required to house break a rabbit? that litter box training a rabbit is very similar to a cat. We know from How can I train my cat to use the toilet? that cats can be trained to ...
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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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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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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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Why is my puppy nipping at me, but not my wife?

I think I'm doing everything right with my puppy who is now a five month old Frengle (French Bulldog\Beagle mix), but he won't stop nipping and trying to attack me! Oddly enough, he leaves my wife ...
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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 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 dog to not whine when left alone (outside shops, indoors while we're outside, etc.)?

Our 1-year-old dog tends to whine loudly when left alone. The dog settles down very quickly when in the car, but if left outside a shop or inside and kids are playing outside, she whines. She tends ...
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Can over-praising my dog have negative long term effects?

I recently adopted a "positive reinforcement" approach to maintain my dog's good behavior. I find myself very often telling her "good girl" when she's just sitting nicely, walking with me, or doing ...
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How can I improve the relations between my 3 dogs?

Five months ago, I added a male dog to the family, a 7-months-old, Boxer / Pit Bull mix (though he looks like a Shar Pei) named Butcher. The existing dogs are females: Brownie, 3-year-old, Weimaraner ...
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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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Is it harmful to use a prong collar?

I asked this question Can check (choke) chains still be used to successfully train dogs? and wanted to address specifically the use of a prong collar. (image courtesy of Wikipedia) Is it harmful to ...
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Can check (choke) chains still be used to successfully train dogs?

We grew up using check chains (also known as choke chains) on our dogs (responsibly, or so I thought). There are articles like this one (Flying Paws Dog Training) saying these chains should never be ...
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How can I identify a pet bird that will be able to mimic human speech?

How is it that certain birds are able to mimic back what humans say to them? It would take not only the vocal cords, but some level of intelligence to comprehend what we are saying. Dogs are able to ...
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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 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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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 stop my dog jumping at the table and mouthing my fingers?

I have a 7-month old Yorkshire Terrier who is wonderful, but has some bad habits. He always chews on my fingers. Not in a painful way, but it starts to annoy me because whenever I try to pat him, he ...
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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 to stop my dog from howling all through the night?

I noticed that for the past few day, my dog howls a lot in the night. I initially thought it was because I forgot to give him food before going to sleep but yesterday and the day before, I'm sure I ...
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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 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 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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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 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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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 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 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 can I prevent my dog from chasing his tail obsessively?

There is a dog in my family who chases his tail madly in a circle. Once he grabs it, he continues to spin in circles. This happens whenever he hears thunder or the garbage disposal in the sink is ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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 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 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 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 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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