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My cat seems to dislike the idea of a morning walk. Should I continue?

Putting a cat on a leash and walking it around isn't species-appropriate. You can and should do that with a dog, but cats usually hate that. They value their autonomy. The idea "My cat will feel safe ...
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Dog likes walks, but is terrified of walk preparation

Please consider that the problem might not be the harness itself, but how you act with the harness. Chihuahuas are small dogs and can be slinky when they want to avoid something. If you grab her, lift ...
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My cat seems to dislike the idea of a morning walk. Should I continue?

I think it is best to stop the walks; cats have a very good memory, so you will have to change the way she gets her exercise. Since she has a very good memory, she will remember that there are cows on ...
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How long and often should I walk my pig?

Pigs and dogs are actually quite comparable - in size, development and intelligence. Therefore I'd like to refer you to this question: How often and long should I walk my puppy? There is a 5 minute ...
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Dog likes walks, but is terrified of walk preparation

The Harness May Be Uncomfortable I have a Golden Retriever and, like most Goldens, she LOVES going out and about. But she was showing similar signs (not wanting to come over and put the harness on, ...
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My cat seems to dislike the idea of a morning walk. Should I continue?

According to my vet, whom I trust utterly, it's absolutely fine for cats to live inside all the time. First up: make sure you feed them an appropriate amount. Read the packaging, get advice from your ...
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Cat Toy(s) For Energetic Cat

In addition to Rebecca RVT's excellent suggestions, I would recommend almost any container or packing materials.Cats are notorious for their love of boxes!I can say without hesitation, my many cats ...
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How to keep Husky/GSD from slowly increasing the effort he puts into pulling?

This is quite a common issue that tends to happen with dogs, especially as they reach the one year old mark. Huskies in particular tend to pull, that's why they make great sled dogs! I would start by ...
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How long walking a cat is too long?

Cats can walk for several kilometers but they will need multiple breaks during the walk, if you are able to give the cat some resting periods during the walk they will be able to handle it. A cat's ...
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Cat Toy(s) For Energetic Cat

A few options I can think of: Wireless cat mice - this one you can control HEXBUG mouse - this one moves on its own Petsafe Pounce - mouse moves randomly in a circle Petsafe lazer toy - lazer moves ...
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What is best escape proof harness / leash for a cat?

I have been using an H-style cat harness with no regrets on my young energetic neutered male (age nine months when I got him) for six months. The H-style harness is two loops, one around the neck and ...
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Dog likes walks, but is terrified of walk preparation

Our terrier is similarly unhappy with the process of putting her harness on. She doesn't actively resist when you've got her, but she does try to hide under the bed or table. We've tried various ...
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Do you think my dogs are exercised enough?

I'd say you answered your own question right with this sentence: ...and for the rest of the day, sleep or watch me or TV. If your dogs would have to burn more energy, they wouldn't do that. We've ...
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Can a hamster run around a room instead of having a wheel?

No, if a hamster has sufficient space, they do not need a wheel. A wheel is just a way to work around not having enough space to exercise. I'm sure a hamster would love having a that much space to run ...
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How to exercise when you have a dog?

It sounds like your dog thinks you're trying to play. If you watch dogs (especially young dogs) play with each other, you'll see them bow and twist rapidly, which is probably similar to your ...
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How to exercise a dog when stuck indoors for long periods of time (e.g. during winter)?

In addition to existing suggestions I'd like to add: Don't assume your dog won't like snow and cold weather. This can differentiate between individual dogs. One of our Huskies just loves cold air ...
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How to exercise a dog when stuck indoors for long periods of time (e.g. during winter)?

You should look into play groups for your pup. Even if you can only get to 1 per week it will be nice to have a large indoor space where your pup can run around with other dogs and really get some of ...
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My cat seems to dislike the idea of a morning walk. Should I continue?

First of all, I applaud your desire to help your cat get some exercise and stay healthy. Instead of being exciting, all of the sounds, sights, and smells of the outdoors seem to create an ...
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My cat seems to dislike the idea of a morning walk. Should I continue?

This is an unpopular opinion, but that doesn't make it any less true: You shouldn't have gotten a cat if you can't provide a suitable living area. Because you already have the cat, and as a life long ...
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How can I encourage a high energy dog to exercize if it has no prey drive?

Agility is what came to my mind as well. Perhaps you can get him into a mild start. Anything on even ground should be doable: tunnels, slalom, bridges with mild inclines, even small jumps should be ...
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Is it okay to let my dog run when she's scared?

I know I'm late to the party but I don't feel that the answer made is satisfying so I'll add my thoughts here. While I do understand the concept of you running with the dog I'm with your second ...
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Is it okay to let my dog run when she's scared?

Yes, but keep a limit on the length of the leash. Most leashes are retractable and adjustable. You can give her a bit of space to move around and run, but keep her from running into traffic or ...
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How to prevent two dogs from chasing each other around the house?

When they exhibit unacceptable behavior, you must correct them while they are doing it. Not after. By the time they move on to their next thought it's already too late. Dogs live in the moment and do ...
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Should I feed my dog before exercising?

Confirm with your vet (presumably the person administering the vaccine) but I would think it better to feed after exercise. If feeding prior to exercise, maybe feed in small portions or use a ridged ...
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Cat Toy(s) For Energetic Cat

I think good toys are in the eye of the cat. I have a bunch of bought toys that my cat plays with sometimes (his favorite being a tube looking stuffed animal thing with a feather on the end), but his ...
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Foster Agency Not Taking Back Dog

Talk to the agency. There are a lot of variables, but in most/many cases the agency legally owns the animal that you are fostering. In the eyes of the law (again in many/most cases) the animal ...
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What is best escape proof harness / leash for a cat?

It looks to me like the one in your picture is one of the best there is on the market right now. Things to look for in a good harness are: double locking mechanisms, so if one fails the harness will ...
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What is best escape proof harness / leash for a cat?

Nothing is escape proof, the first consideration is the safety of the pet. Pick a harness that will not harm them. I go into a lot of detail about having rabbits out on a harness in How to leash ...
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