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My cat stops functioning when I put a harness on him. How can I get him more comfortable in it so that I can take him outside?

Time and patience. Cats are not dogs; they don't adjust quickly to harnesses or leashes, and every cat I've known will "shut down" the first time (usually the first several times) they're put into a ...
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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 do I stop large german shepherd from dragging me through the yard to chase rabbits?

Two things I could immediately think of, although they cost a bit, but maybe the owners would be interested in it as well – both would also work in conjunction with each other: Get a harness in ...
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Introducing harness/leash training to cats in a new space

Since you only have a week before the move, I would wait until after your cat has been completely settled into your new place before you begin leash training. Cats aren't very good with stress, and, ...
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Is it okay to keep a dog chained in a room at night with proper food and water?

I can understand your fear, but dogs should not be chained at all. Where I live it's even illegal to keep a dog on a chain because it's considered animal cruelty. Dogs cannot understand that you want ...
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How can I stop my dog from constantly pulling on the leash?

We've had a similar case here, even though a Siberian Husky is capable of pulling way more (even as a puppy). Here's what worked for us and given the fact that Golden Retrievers are amongst the more ...
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Shy dog won't walk on leash

I have some limited experience with a street dog that went through a rescue program and was adopted. Sometimes dogs shy away from human attention, especially if they had negative experiences with ...
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Introducing harness/leash training to cats in a new space

Cats can of course be harness trained. My own cat is harness trained and happily moves around with us while on harness. Although it can depend a lot upon cat persnality. We had the same situation. ...
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How to harness train my rabbit?

First Harness training a Rabbit is pretty easy. See our related question How to leash train a rabbit? for all the how to. Second and Most Important I have a couple of big concerns about your plan ...
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How do I stop large german shepherd from dragging me through the yard to chase rabbits?

Give the dog less leash. The dog needs to understand that it is following your lead when on the leash. Imagine that there's a line that runs from side to side in line with your body - when you walk ...
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Puppy goes in tantrum when leaving for a walk

When we are leaving for a walk he starts crying and pulling and nothing can break his mental state. No treats, no amount of excitement to go away from the house or being calm and assertive and waiting ...
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What should I use to discourage my small dog from pulling while walking?

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 ...
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How can I stop my dog from constantly pulling on the leash?

First you need to identify the root cause of the problem. Typically this is simple: "The dog isn't paying attention to you." Best way to fix this, is to teach it that when it's walking, it ...
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How to stop dog chasing any ball she sees

Short answer: You cannot make your dog stop chasing balls. You just can make him chase your ball instead of any other ball. Please don't feel disappointed, but any ball is more important to your dog ...
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How do I train my dog to not get overexcited when getting on or off public transport?

Personally, there are three things I would do for this. 1, is impulse control 2, I'd take a lead training approach... at a bus stop and 3, look at a different collar. One of the best methods of ...
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Dog goes crazy on leash when he sees other dogs

Dog can get aggressive on leash because their movement gets limited and start feeling uncomfortable, which makes them attack to protect their space. Which I bet is case, because your dog is fine with ...
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How do you teach a dog to allow me to put his leash on?

Positive reinforcement here is the key to keeping your dog calm. Obviously, dogs find walking extremely exciting and associate the leash with going out and having fun. Working on your dog's basic ...
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Dog stays behind me during walks

So a dog that chooses to walk behind you instead of with you or in front of you is a submissive or "middle of the pack" dog. It's a sign that they think that they're place is not alpha, or in the ...
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Dog stays behind me during walks

You should train her to come on command, and when she stops walking just call her and give her a treat. That's the easiest way for it. Don't forget to give the other dog treats too. And have the dogs ...
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How can I help a cat who seems afraid of his harness?

I have a cat too, and he hates the harness as well. Maybe it is just uncomfortable for it so you can try getting a softer and less tight harness. If he or she is trying to reach behind and pull it off,...
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How do I convince my dog that a collar or harness is not the end of the world?

My Dalmatian and to a lesser extent, also my American Pitbull, used to have this same issue. The Dalmatian would squirm for hours on end, trying repeatedly to come back after 20 minutes of trying at a ...
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How to leash train a rabbit?

Rabbits have such strong back legs, relative to their body mass, that they can literally break their own spine if they are restrained while kicking violently. This has been known to happen while a ...
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What's the Difference Between Pulling Back on Leash and Stopping?

From my experience with two Huskies - which are obviously big pullers - so far I'd say a combination of both works best: First, think of tractor pulling, if you know that motorsport. Basically the ...
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Bulldog hates other small dogs

You say your dog fights with other dogs and yet you say she doesn't display aggressive behavior like showing teeth or stiffening up. Sounds to me like this might not be aggressive behavior, ...
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Is a 3-4 Month Puppy Too Young to Start Using a Gentle Leader?

Yes you can definitely use a gentle leader from a young age, it is encouraged even. The one thing you need to know about these leads are that you MUST NEVER yank on it as you can hurt your dogs neck (...
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How to prevent self-harming pulling

It's extremely likely that your dog yelps and whines when you stop because that behavior results in you moving forward. Once he learns that making a fuss doesn't work, he will stop. What type of ...
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Putting leash on dog

For me it looks like the dog is head-shy. A possible solution is a step-by-step training: Can you touch your dog at the head? Can you stroke over his eyes? If he stands up and back away, train it. Be ...
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How can I help a cat who seems afraid of his harness?

In general, cats hate wearing anything, and they will spend an inordinate amount of time and effort trying to get it off them. The only way to get past this is by them accepting that is impossible. ...
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