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Did I Traumatize My Puppy?

That was probably a little too much in one go for a puppy. Puppies learn natural dog behavior from their mothers and rudimentary human behavior from their mother's owners (that's called socializing). ...
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Is the cat trying to communicate by leaving toys in significant places?

Cats often leave their "prey" or toys as gifts to show their sign of affection and their craft as master hunters. Leaving them in places where the cat knows you will be is their way of trying to get ...
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Cat spooked of a balloon, he is traumatized and I’m at a loss

First of all, if your cat is still not drinking, eating, or going to the litterbox, take it back to the vet. Not doing these things for so long is very serious. Unless your cat is normally very ...
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Why does my dog lick her lips while being petted?

There are different types of lip licking and there are different reasons for them. She might like your petting so much and becomes so relaxed that she actually starts drooling. Once you stop petting ...
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Did I Traumatize My Puppy?

It sounds like the experience was just as traumatic for you as it was for your pup. You will both "get over it" in time. Don't coddle the pup and act like you have to compensate for the way you ...
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Food anxiety in former stray cat?

Time is the key really, if she spent long enough on the streets struggling for food that her weight had dropped substantially below "normal" for her then it's going to take some time for her to relax ...
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Is it ok to lock my cat for half an hour to clean my room? If not how should I do it?

You have to clean your house, even if your cat gets a bit scared. Cats in general get over this in a short time. Putting your cat in the bathroom while you clean your room is not a problem, but you ...
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Cat littermates afraid to be alone for even a moment

Separation anxiety aside, cats just don't like closed doors! To deal with the feeding issue, perhaps you can arrange something where they are not really separated, but the female can protect her food ...
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How to help my cat with severe anxiety that I may have caused?

First let me address your former behavior. Yes, that is considered abuse. It's very good that you yourself identify it as abuse, as well. That shows a level of self-reflection and understanding that ...
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How do I help my dog adjust after moving?

I had this same issue with our dog. It sounds like separation anxiety. We solved the issue by using counter conditioning. Basically, you want to make the thing she fears (your leaving) associated ...
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Dog has issues to stay home alone after move

I have dealt with separation anxiety with a lot of dogs I rescued and here is what my experience tells me: First, a change of environment for a dog is a major thing, regardless of age breed or ...
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Did I Traumatize My Puppy?

I give my dogs a shower instead of a bath. They're much calmer standing "in the rain" than in a pool of water.
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My cat will get mad at me for hours after getting medicine. How do I keep our relationship happy?

After a month, I'm happy to say that my cat and I have a much better time with giving her medicine! She still isn't excited to get medicine, but she doesn't fight me with it anymore. And after being ...
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My male cat is attacking my female cat; female so scared she urinates herself

I am very sorry to hear about your kitty problems. Given the description you've given, it seems like a very complex problem. You've done the right things, trying the reintroduction process and having ...
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What could cause my dog to bite/pull her own hair out?

I'd recommend taking her to the vet immediately because often times this is a sign of a health condition that may need medical attention. She may have pain or discomfort from a more serious problem, ...
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My dog is destroying things and peeing inside when I am at work. How can I get him to stop?

Consider Doggy Daycare There are already a number of other answers to this question, and many great suggestions. One that has not yet been mentioned is doggy daycare. Dogs are social creatures. Even ...
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My cat is terrified of me

Patience. Gifts / treats. Try to free some time so spend with the cat. Just sit / lay somewhere, with the cat around. It is important that she understands you do not have intentions to hurt her. ...
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Dog hates to stay home alone

I would consider that separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is widely used as a general term covering dogs that are stressed when left alone, and messing in the house and destructive behaviour is ...
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Will I ever be able to hold my rabbit?

There is an answer at How to leash train a rabbit? that addresses putting the harness on, so I won't go in to it here. As for holding your rabbit; holding a rabbit is problematic for two main ...
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What is a Thundershirt and is it safe for my cat?

Others have already explained the theory behind why it generally works so I just wanted to add some additional info about what your expectations should be. The Thundershirt requires at least a week ...
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How do I make my cat accept the new vacuum robot?

You shouldn't force the situation, they may or may not get used to it some time, but that's all you could do. Time is the key. Don't play with them exactly in the same room as the vacuum just let it ...
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Problems with cat hiding and stressing from overnight guests

I'm going to guess that part of the reason why your cat was so bad when your friend visited is because it had no place that it felt truly safe from your visitor. I'm guessing, based on the fact that ...
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My dog scratches at the floor during fireworks. What can I do to make him feel safe?

This sounds like an anxiety reaction that your dog is having to the loud noises. My dog has several anxiety reactions that he trots out and my response to them is all the same: distractions and ...
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Dogs adjusting to move strangely

There are probably real reasons for them to seek a different place to sleep. Some that came to my mind are: Their bed gets wet at night from fog or dew and they found themselves a dry bed. Their beds ...
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Anxious dog howls and screams when we take our other dog out

It sounds like your dog is indeed very anxious. The answer of user14052 has the potential to solve the problem, but depending on how you interact with your dog, it could make it so much worse. Let me ...
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My dog after 7 years is now walking behind me; she now hates her harness

As long as the harness doesn't cause her pain, she has no reason to hate it. What she actually hates is going for a walk because she is anxious, had bad experiences and doesn't get the same ...
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Why does my dog lick her lips while being petted?

This is an easy question that I speak from experience. It means you've hit a "sweet spot" and your dog likes it. For example, my dog's "sweet spot" is near the base of her tail. It'...
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Is a cat likely to be traumatized if it is physically forced to take medicine?

Short answer: yes, you should force him. Any ear infection is uncomfortable, itches or even hurts. If you don't treat the infection, there's a risk that it becomes chronic and the discomfort never ...
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Dog anxious inside, calm outside

Separation anxiety is common but what you describe is interesting in that there does not seem to be a specific trigger other than being inside the house. Obviously it's not separation anxiety if it is ...
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Shivering dog: Anxiety Vest or some other method?

Yes they work! Though keep in mind it may not work for your dog but we recommend them all the time and even sell them at the clinic. Even if it doesn't work you can return it. There are other ...
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