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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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There usually isn't an easy fix to having an anxious or fearful dog. It often takes a long time and a lifestyle change depending on what trigger's the dog's anxiety. Here are two things you can try and I recommend watching this video and others by Southend Dog Training that speak to solutions for anxious and reactive dogs. One of the best things I've seen ...


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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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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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I have a cat who was raised by my dog since he was five weeks old. Delilah nursed him, bathed him, cleaned his bottom, let him eat first - just like he was her puppy. (She is spayed so she only has this adopted child.) Blue behaves like a dog in many ways. He follows his people like a dog does. He sleeps on people beds every night, even though he is an ...


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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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I honestly think you are making a mistake by trying to comfort her. You write: If I let her out and try to cuddle her in bed, she doesn't want to even do that. Won't stay under the covers. If a dog is anxious, it doesn't want to be cuddled. Cuddling limits the mobility because the cuddler either holds the dog down or is in the way in case the dog wants to ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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There’s research on dogs vocalizing and humans understanding. Many studies focus on barking; but it seems reasonable that interspecies communication would also be possible with other vocalizations (e.g. sighs). Dogs use a wide range of different context-specific subunits of barks and mixed sounds as a means for communication of emotional arousal and both ...


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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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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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I think everything about toxoplasmosis has been overly covered but in the interim a comment about spraying or misting a cat to stop a behavior was added. This sort of behavior by humans isn't acceptable anymore according to feline behaviorists. https://felinebehaviorsolutions.com/stop-spraying-cats-with-water/ Also, concerned about your wife being scratched ...


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