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Who should win at tug of war?

Tug as Play vs. Tug-Toy as Resource Unless you are dealing with a dog with resource-guarding or bite-inhibition issues, healthy play between dogs is reciprocal. When playing with humans, the play ...
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Is it harmful to allow animals of different species to share the same water bowl?

It shouldn't pose a problem for cats and dogs living together to share the same water bowl(s). As they live together they have in any case a lot of opportunities to share potential diseases in many ...
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How can I tell if my cat is bullying her sister and what can I do to combat the problem?

Yes, it sounds like you could have a little bit of a dominance issue. Unlike dogs, who tend to be all dominate or all submissive, cats tend to be dominate over certain things. For example: In a two ...
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My boyfriend's dog hates me, help please! Warning! Long post

I'll let my answer be more food for thought than an outright answer, because you're already doing a few of the things I'd be trying, such as putting her off the furniture when she "claims" your ...
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Older, larger cat introduced after tragedy...Not going well. HELP!

While 4 litter boxes for three cats should in theory be sufficient, it may be beneficial to temporarily add some extra litter boxes. I suspect that Izze is avoiding the litter boxes because he is ...
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Older, larger cat introduced after tragedy...Not going well. HELP!

Separate them, quarantine the new cat in a limited area (one room, eg) and re-introduce gradually. There are good resources on the web for this, including at least one YouTube video series spanning ...
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My boyfriend's dog hates me, help please! Warning! Long post

First of all your bf needs to step up and take ownership. It is his dog and your house. Your bf should shut the door. Your bf should place the dog on the floor. You bf should not let the dog ...
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Is kitten-rabbit "mating" behavior something to worry about?

I would not separate them, it sounds like they are forming a bond. Breaking a rabbits bond can be fatal. Rabbits often mount each other as a sign of dominance, gender does not matter when mounting ...
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If a cat tries claiming dominance over its mother, should I stop it?

Cats do have a social pecking order when living in a group, but it's not anything you need to enforce. If Fearless starts picking fights with Booboo, make sure that there are escape routes through the ...
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Cats and throat-hold -- accept or discourage?

It sounds like your kitties are just playing. The bite to the front of the neck is an effective way to kill prey. I think your male cat is just practicing for "the hunt" - keeping his skills sharp. ...
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What's the effect of a dog watching you clean up his poo?

Generally speaking, dogs don't normally dwell on any one thing for very long. After they use the bathroom, they move onto something else. That is why, a lot of times, when people are referencing Dog ...
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My dog has been acting strangely around one of my cats' butt

It's spring time, that means it's mating time for dogs. You say Brutus is not fixed, so his hormones make him somewhat more dominant and a lot more interested in finding a nice girl now. You should ...
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How can I prevent my male Bengal cat from attacking my two other cats?

It sounds to me like the root cause is boredom. Bengals have a reputation for being very high energy cats. Furthermore, at 9 months old, I would expect him to still have kitten levels of energy. So ...
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Dogs increasingly becoming picky and going to the bathroom in crate

- Are my dogs doing this (peeing in their food and water bowls) to spite me? They have no medical problems as I have gotten them evaluated multiple times in the last 2 or 3 months. Dogs aren't ...
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New cats: Female intimidating/bullying her brother

Cats which live together might be fond of each other or not. It does not depend on their relationship. I'd try to play with both of them at the same time - alternately with the brother and the ...
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Submissive peeing - solved by staring into their eyes with affection?

While I cannot look into that specific dogs head, what makes sense to me is: The dog learned to connect "they come home and look me in the eye" with "and now they are gonna pet me and be very nice!" ...
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Cats are still skittish; have obsessive eating disorder

Well, cats are a dominant species. You cannot deny that, but you can try following the suggestions below. Hope they help: Play with your cats using some sort of toy, like a stick. Play enough to let ...
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Cats are still skittish; have obsessive eating disorder

I personally do not like the idea of locking a pet in a room or cage. If you do that, why have a pet? But that is me. I save feral cats and some take longer to calm down and get used to us. And some ...
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Cat Suddenly Afraid of Dog

Great question. Just to start off with, the dominance theory is one that has been disproved by the very people who first came up with the theory. They deduced behaviours of wolves kept in captivity ...
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How can I get my ferrets to play nice together?

Hitting your fuzzy buddies isn't a good idea. Even a gentle tap is a bad idea. It can make them fear you, even if it is a soft tap on the back. They are more likely to become more aggressive. Time out ...
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My dog has been acting strangely around one of my cats' butt

I also think it sounds like Brutus needs more exercise and/or mental stimulation. Pay attention too to what time of day it is - that might help with timing when he needs more exercise. In addition to ...
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Why do neutered dogs still show sexual signs?

There are a number of reasons why dogs hump, and most of them have nothing to do with sex. As a result, neutering has limited impact on this behavior. The ASPCA gives a fairly thorough list of reasons ...
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Should I let my son's dog dominate mine?

Great question. I'd like to first state that the dominance theory was initially brought about by David Mech, who studied captive wolves. He and many other trainers who originally believe in this ...
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Cats and throat-hold -- accept or discourage?

Cats can do this as a way of saying "ok you can stop cleaning me now." The fact that Harry tolerates additional cleaning may suggest Harry changing his mind as in "well this does feel pretty good ...
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Older, larger cat introduced after tragedy...Not going well. HELP!

The cat series that Mhwombat is talking about is wonderful. Jackson, the owner of Cat from Hell, suggests shelving, trees, bookcases or anything else that a cat can hide in or around and still get ...
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Why does my dog only show aggressive behavior indoors?

You've answered your question: your dog has dominance issues. In my experience, this can turn your dog into a dangerous dog. You mention he goes to the park once a week and behaves fine. That's ...
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Why is my dog Juno being so aggressive to my other dog Lexi

Your main concern should be safety. German Shepherds are a very large breed, and one that's been known to have aggression problems as well. The fact that Juno had bitten people as well as dogs is a ...
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Will 2 male dogs fight for dominance?

It doesn't matter if you introduce a male or female dog do the family, the hierarchy will always be disturbed and reestablished. Some dogs are more aggressive, others timid while reestablishing the ...
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1 Year old kitten doesn't like playing with 2 year old cat unless she is initiating it

First, I think it is helpful if you start thinking of it in terms of personality instead of attitude. Cats, much like humans, are who they are. There is no way of forcing her to become your ideal pet. ...
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Existing puppy (18 months) scared of new rescue (between 2 and 4 years) - will this stop?

Whenever you add a new member to your home (dog, cat, human, etc.) all of the animals in your home go through a re-calibration phase to figure out where they stand in the chain of authority. What you'...
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