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

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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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My Dog stares into my neighbours yard

My dog tends to stare over our backyard wall an look at my neighbours the whole day. Its just weird because he will randomly be looking into their yard even when we call him. Its not like my ...
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Dog destroying wallpaper at one exact place only

So I've got a situation. We wallpapered our corridor and our 8 month Labrador Retriever decided to scratch off one part of that wallpaper (it's next to the door to bathroom). I've fixed it couple of ...
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Why does my pet dog bite and drag my other dog’s neck?

Can you please help me out on what is to be done?
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How to stop dog from entering kitchen

I'm looking after my friend's dog for the summer and he's staying at my house. The kitchen is entered from the living room, and does not have a door that I can close. Whenever I'm in the kitchen to ...
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My Dog Has Started Growling at Specific Guests

My dog has never growled. At first, she was always happy to see guests and has wanted their attention. We moved and there was really no behavioral changes. When my stepbrothers friends come by, she ...
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How do I win over a large protective adopted dog?

I'm adopting tonight a female bull mastiff 1.5 years old. I like her, except she was very protective of her owner and suspicious of me, including some barking and growling (we met early morning in an ...
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Issue with fearful/anxious dog I occasionally petsit

Occasionally I look after 4 chihuahuas. 3 of them are always 100% fine, but the 1 dog is timid/anxious/fearful. When the owner is there, she is ok though still timid/shy, but as soon as the owner is ...
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Nippy conure wants lots of affection

I am dealing with a bit of a paradox in my green cheek Conure. She constantly wants to be in contact me and is very affectionate, but nips constantly whenever my hands go near her to move her, get her ...
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How do I keep my cat off my keyboard while not discouraging her from seeking attention?

I appreciate when my kitten comes looking for attention. Except when she walks on the keyboard. Then it's trouble. How do I discourage her from walking on the keyboard, while encouraging her to come ...
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Trying to get a good night's sleep with an overly affectionate cat

TL;DR I would like tips on getting my cat settled into a routine of not sleeping in the bedroom, given that we have just moved house. History We have a 9 year old neutered female rescue cat who we ...
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Temporarily Adopting a Problem Dog

My in-laws had bought a puppy, of the breed Staffordshire Bull Terrier, to replace an elderly Staffordshire that died some 6 months before. They never had a puppy before and had little dog training ...
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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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Adult “house trained” Dog Using Bathroom While In Crate

Our dog uses the bathroom while in the crate. Sunday it was pretty bad, as he was walked around 8 AM, and then was taken out to go to the bathroom at 10 AM. He was then put in the crate. We arrived ...
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Recently adopted 4 month old pomeranian puppy, I am concerned about his behavior

He is a 4 month unneutered male pomernanian. He seems to have a lot of energy and wants to socialize and play all the time. He isn't trained the way he should've been. I have had him for a week now. ...
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My dog when left alone in a room while poop and eat it. Even after walk (with #2)

Hello I have a a 7/8 month old puppy who does not like to be left alone at all, which for the most part she never is. We've trained her to be calm while we are at work but the real challenge is when ...
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How can I get my cat to stop scratching my window screens?

My cat is always scratching at the doors and windows. He's around 3 years old and is in inside cat, we've had him for about a year. I thought it might be because he wanted outside so I've got a ...
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Outside reaction to dogs

I have a female shepherd a little over a year. I have been pulling my hair out on trying to figure out what will work with the same situation. I’d like to note that she doesn’t sleep in the bedroom, ...
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My dog consistently wakes up about an hour before I do

My two-year-old dog seems to only be able to hold her pee for about six hours, which is unfortunately less than the amount of sleep I need to get in a night. We'll potty her before we go to bed, but ...
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How can I train a cat to walk/hike with me on my shoulder?

I am a dog lover. Just lost my two dogs. Stolen by my ex, unlikely to ever get them back. So for now I got a kitten (2-3 months old. Fits in the palm of my hand). Is it possible to train my cat to ...
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How to teach my 2 year old dog to use a potty patch?

My wife and I adopted a 2-year old rescue Daschsund/Jack Russel mix a week ago. She's settling in quite well but we're having trouble potty-training her. We bought a little fake grass potty patch ...
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10 week Havachon menace, tantrum crying/howling in crate and playpen constantly, compounded by biting

We have several problems. Main Problem: Howling/crying bloody murder What happens: Howls, barks angrily, jumping up at the door of crate/barrier Sometimes bites/gnaws on barrier/crate Compounds ...
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Dog does not respect me, like or trust me now

I've heard that a dog should be willing and happy to do what you ask of them, including opening their mouth or holding onto their paw/s/. Snoopy has learned to walk easily, but still tries to pull. ...
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How to train my dog not to bully other dogs?

My dog is pretty obedient, though she has just entered the stubborn teenage years (6 months old). I was doing some training at my parents house with my dog and two other dogs. My goal was to practice ...
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How to retrain dog to come when called, indoors or outdoors [duplicate]

Our dog was never great at "come here," but now she's gone completely rogue. Sometimes "come here" in the house works a bit, but is stymied by her fear of the cats (she's a 50lb rough coat collie ...
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How to litterbox train an adult dog, that has not be previously housebroken?

I would like to train my small adult dog to use a litter box (or puppy pads). Currently he is not housebroken and messes all over the house. I am not sure if I should use a litterbox (like for a ...
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How do I calm my boyfriend's overly excited dog?

Every time I come over my boyfriend's place and my boyfriend and I hang out the dog suddenly becomes overly excited. He doesn't seem aggressive towards me because we get along just fine usually. But ...
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How do you keep your household pet/s away from your toy collections?

I own a small companion, a mixed Pomeranian and Lhasa Apso breed. Don't let his size fool you, that little bugger can be ferocious at times, chewed off the head of my beloved Snake Eyes (G.I. Joe) ...
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How can I train my paranoid dog to NOT bark at every stranger she meets? [duplicate]

We live in a shady neighborhood so we bought a big dog (5 months old now) and have been training her to bark on command. We haven't been doing this for long so she doesn't recognize the command ...
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How to deal with a dog that barks at people when the owner is not present [duplicate]

I have two labrador retrievers, both very socialized and outgoing. I take them obedience trials and are fully trained. I am stuck because today my neighbor said one of my dogs barks at every person ...
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How to prevent wastage of food by my cat who loves to play with her food more than eating it?

Cat food is costly and I really can't afford huge wastage of food. But the situation is becoming more and more unmanageable for me as the days progress. If I don't free feed my cat, she will continue ...
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Is it safe for 15lb Min-Pin male to play rough with my 5 pound female Chihuahua

The picture attatched shows the difference in size of Adso, my son's male Miniature Pinscher (Min-Pin) and Zoie my female chihuahua. They are 8 weeks apart in age. Adso weighs 15lbs and Zoie 5lbs. ...
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How to introduce two aggressive dogs to each other?

So, in my colony a friend of mine has a German Shephard - Tyson (1.5 years old) and I have a Labrador - Vector (2 years old). They both are aggressive dogs, Tyson especially. But I want to have them ...
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Baxter's Downfall [duplicate]

So we've recently become the new parents of a 7 month old American Bulldog. We are his second home adopting him at 6 months of age. His previous owners kept him out side with no training or ...
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Puppy Won't Stop Howling When 10 Feet Away

We got a puppy 2 days ago. We decided to crate train her and she seems to have taken to the crate well. She goes in there for all her food and water and will sleep in it during the day with the door ...
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How to make my dog walk with me?

Whenever I when out for a walk with my pet dog (with the leash on), he just forgets about me and tries to run for different things like (dogs, cats, car) and it gets harder for me to control him. I ...
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German Shepherd barks non-aggressively at children

My German Shepherd (9 months, female) is completely non-aggressive. I only saw her being protective once when a female homeless person yelled at my girlfriend from very close. All nice and fine. ...
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Help: My German Shepherd has lost his spark

I have a female German Shepherd, 8 months old. When she was young she was playful but also annoying. Things like chewing me so hard dthat I could not walk because you can't walk with a dog hanging on ...
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How To House Break a Stubborn Rescue

TL;DR Everything that has worked for me in the past is failing miserably. When I let her out, she knows to go but she's terrible at alerting me1 especially if I'm asleep; nor does she seem to have ...
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Dog sudden aggressive towards dogs shes played with before

We adopted a 2 month old female lab mix 1 year ago. she's always been extremely friendly toward all dogs shes met. We have a dog park at our apartment complex that she used to love playing with other ...
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What is a right time to start training a puppy?

I have brought a Labrador Retriever puppy home 4 days back. She is 50 days old. We have not introduced her to any leash or crate or anything. When should we start training her for it and how? I have ...
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Dog seems excited to meet other dogs but then attacks them

I recently adopted a dog from the shelter. The shelter says that the owners did not want her anymore. She is super friendly towards people and loves getting pet. When we walk and she sees another ...
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Are crows good pets?

So I was curious about owning a pet crow, do you guys know in which state in the US it is legal and if it is a good idea. I have seen that they are very smart and I was wondering if by using this ...
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Ten Month Old Puppies, Jumping and Peeing

I'm the proud parent of two 10 month old border collie pups - Amber and Ghost, sister and brother respectively. Training so far is going well. Basic commands (sit, wait, leave, stand, heel, crawl, ...
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Puppy not paying attention when excited

Our 6 month old Pitbull is incredibly friendly and well behaved (for the most part anyway). We like to take him on walks, and responds well to basic commands. He stops at corners with us before ...
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What books explain comprehensively how to train dogs to be obedient and communicative using positive reinforcement?

Many books have been published on the art of training dogs for obedience and communication. What books have you read that, given your experience in the field, you believe explain the art most ...
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Kitten going potty next to litter box

My kitten had been pooping in a corner, so I put a litter box in that corner. It's a large box for his size with low walls and is kept clean. He walks into the box, scratches around, and then exits ...
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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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Are my cat and kitten fighting or playing? [duplicate]

I have a new 7 week old kitten and a 1 year old cat. My cat has come to the point where she will clean my kitten (when he lets her) and plays with him. My kitten has not been neutered yet. When they ...
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Cat won't let me sleep at night

My girlfriend's cat will not let me get a full night of sleep. I already have to work around our party-to-the-night neighbors and the get-up-early-with-high-heels neighbors; so this is really annoying....

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