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I wouldn’t start giving treats for small accidents - what kind of behavior are you trying to reinforce? The cat won’t understand the concept of an “apology” via treats. And if careless weaving results in treats, kitty may end up with receiving more kicks trying to elicit treats from the human who is stumbling to the bathroom at night. My preferred way to ...


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I don't think there are many animals that understand the concept of apology, as a high level concept as such, except for maybe some other advanced primates. MAYBE elephants, dolphins, whales or belugas. But an apology has fundamental parts which you can communicate. Every animal genus has its own language (some are universal). What you would want to ...


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Roosters are very territorial animals. They crow to mark their territory and warn other roosters off or establish their order of rank if there are several roosters in the flock. The easiest solution would be to have all the hens living in one big coop together and reduce the number of roosters to 1. You'll still hear him, but much less constantly. If your ...


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Roosters crow, and there is no practical and humane way to silence them. You said "urban" so you live in a city or town. Many cities and towns have become more chicken-friendly in recent years, but in doing so they have enacted ordinances that limit the number of chickens per lot, set minimum distances between chicken coops and the lot line, and ...


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If you are talking about the standard radiators used in most of Europe, i.e. central heating with hot water, those are perfectly safe for cats. They get hot enough to make it uncomfortable to touch them for prolonged periods of time, but typically not hot enough to cause burns, at least not from touching until you notice it getting uncomfortable. The ...


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As Stephie and Opcode and Jonathan Wood all said, don't give a kitty a treat for this: treats act as rewards for the kitty herself doing something good, such as letting you comb out a knot or clean her eye, or doing something you personally think is a good idea. (In Skinner-Psychology terms it's reinforcement, part of Operant Conditioning.) It's difficult ...


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NEVER use a slip leash or slip collar! You can cause your dog chronic pain, nerve damage and difficulty breathing with them and they don't magically stop your dog from pulling. There are very sensitive and vulnerable tissues in the neck that can be irritated, pinched, crushed, dislocated or otherwise injured if the dog pulls too hard or too often: Image ...


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Going to preface this by saying I'm not a professional dog trainer but I'll share the knowledge and experience I've learned over the years in hopes that it points you in the right direction. I have a 6 year old husky-lab mix with reactivity issues and have been researching different dog behaviours and training methods. The crate It sounds like there's ...


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Summary: Keep feeding and protecting it. No action can be stronger than that for an animal. There is no such thing as apologizing to an animal. You can feel sorry for something you've done to it, yes, but not convey it to your pet. Non-human animals don't exhibit such sophisticated understanding. A pet will be your "friend" as long as the benefits ...


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I don't see the purpose of giving your cat treats in this particular case. What I do in this case is gently pet the cat and give it positive contact. This counters the bad experience by reinforcing the positive experiences with you, and demonstrates that you are not angry or otherwise intending harm.


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Please do not start hand feeding her. That only causes more problems than it solves. See related questions: My dog adopted the Habit of “Hand Feeding” I have to hand feed my dog Dog refuses to eat unless fed by hand First of all, try feeding her from a different bowl or dish. If she starts eating normal portions again, she doesn't like her usual dish anymore....


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Grooming is indeed a sign of love but getting your attention early in the morning is typically a sign of hunger. He's waking you up because he wants you to feed him. Since he likely has no means of acquiring food on his own, he's entirely dependent on you to feed him and he will remind you of that fact whenever he's even slightly hungry. I've had good ...


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I disagree that you should shoo him off or lock him out for grooming you. That will just break whatever bonding you may have with it. I would bring him near your lap and give it a finger to groom. Teach it an acceptable place to be and what to groom. Gradually remove the finger as well if you don't like being licked by cats. Cats typically groom their ...


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That is indeed a sign of love, and is sweet. But you just need to let him know that it's too much for you. Depending on his age, you can: imitate the outraged squeak a kitten makes to tell another kitten that hurt! growl or hiss just a little bit and stop right as soon as he stops do what you're doing now: remove access (possibly including closing him out ...


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I used to have a kitty that was all sorts of attention hungry, which was as endearing as it was annoying at times. However, he figured out that if say I did not see him and his black fur running up the steps in the morning and accidentally kicked him that he would get cuddles as I went to say sorry and make it all better. And the first two times it happened ...


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From what you wrote, it sounds like your dog is more interested in playing with other dogs than you or your partner — they are the most fun thing around. As you mentioned he started to love people and dogs right away, he probably associated 'fun' with other dogs. If he's not listening to your commands while around other dogs, it's likely because he's ...


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