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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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What are the most effective cat exercises?

There are lots of things you can do to get a cat to exercise a bit more than it usually does! Here's some suggestions! Catnip or honeysuckle toys: The cat could get hyper from them and will play with ...
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Does an adult dog need regular walks if it has a large yard to run in?

Optimally every dog would get a couple of hours of walk time every day. Also optimally there would not be any dogs in the shelter. As long as the yard is large enough for the dog to get up to speed ...
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Why does my dog become unmanageable midway through a long walk?

There's not enough information in your post to provide a valid clinical picture. All of the behaviors you mentioned are natural dog behaviors that can occur in many situations. Context Matters ...
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How can I encourage multiple cats to bond and play together?

Cat on cat play cannot be forced. Some cats live together their entire lives but never play with each other. That your cats do play together is great! One way to encourage their relationship is to ...
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How long (distance) should I exercise my Husky puppy?

There's a significant difference between the dog being fatigued and what's healthy for it. Huskies may get problems with their hips, so you don't want to overexercise while still growing up. :) From ...
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Why does my dog get excited and go crazy when I touch the leash?

I can't provide any insight beyond personal experience, but I have a small dog that goes absolutely nuts when he sees the leash come out from its hiding place. The simple answer is the dog really, ...
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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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Do you walk cats, or should you?

To exercise cats, play with them. Give them something to pounce and chase like a laser-pointer dot or a string or a light ball or a feather wand. Give them climbing/jumping opportunities -- all the ...
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Do you walk cats, or should you?

Cats stretch, scratch, run and climb and jump for normal exercise. Some cats can be taught to enjoy going outside on a lead, but this isn't really for exercise as the cat will be stopping every few ...
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Is toy destruction a sign that my dog needs more exercise?

I don't think your dog destroying his toys means that he doesn't get enough exercise. I think it's just something he enjoys doing that helps satisfy his need for mental stimulation. My dog is also ...
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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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What level of output laser pointer is safe for a cat?

Color has nothing to do with intensity. No color is inherently "safer". However, the color green is more apparent to the human eye - so a 150mw red laser will appear dimmer than a 150mw green laser. ...
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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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Cat becomes cross-eyed only after rigorous exercise/play. Why?

Siamese cats often have a neurological oddity which routes some of the nerves from each eye to the same hemisphere of the brain, rather than crossing over as is normal in mammals. (Websearch "siamese ...
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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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