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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 do I convince my dog that a collar or harness is not the end of the world?

I know this is probably too late as you've probably fixed it or given up by now, but I just wanted to add my 2 cents. I've trained horses and it's given me a different perspective. I see a lot of ...
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How can I help my dog be more comfortable in public?

My elderly puppy (approaching 8 yrs old) sounds very similar to your dog. I've tried a number of things to work on her reactivity to other dogs and to get her comfortable in public in general, most ...
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Can a cat be trained to use a leash?

Yes, you can use a leash on a cat; I do it all the time. It's best to start them out at a younger age, but even if they are adult cats, they can still be trained by using a harness and a leash. Try ...
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Dog knows to stop on leash, but still pulls

I walk difficult dogs (untrained and usually why they are there!) at the local shelter and I use an easy walk harness. They become completely different dogs using this harness. Sometimes I think the ...
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How to get dog's attention?

This is not a copy paste but i have also tried it, Whenever your dog pulls, stop and stand still (be a tree). No matter how hard your dog pulls, don't let it go in the direction it wants to go....
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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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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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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 to get my dog to follow me on leash?

There are two ways to go about it. To fix the immediate problem, don't stop walking. I'm not sure of your set-up, but I recommend a collar that can't slip off or pop open, possibly one that tightens ...
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How to leash train a ferret?

Getting them accustomed to the harness isn't an overnight task. Whenever you have them out of their enclosure, make sure to put it on and give them a treat when you do it so they associate the harness ...
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Dog knows to stop on leash, but still pulls

Bring treats along with you during your walk. When you start walking again after a stop, if your dog is still by your side say 'yes' (or whatever positive encouragement thing he knows) and give him a ...
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How to get dog's attention?

I think Sobrique's idea is the place to start. One of the first things you should teach any dog is to look at you on command. Clicker training is a really good technique and their are a lot of sites ...
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How to get dog's attention?

One of the earliest exercises we learned with our dog was autofocus. Specifically - to get them in the general habit of 'paying attention'. It's quite simple really - using a sufficiently high value ...
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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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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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Can check (choke) chain collars still be used to successfully train dogs?

TL;DR Which Types of Collars and Harnesses are Safe for Your Dog? by Dr. Sophia Yin is a fairly thorough look at your options. However, it addresses safety more than effectiveness; this is an issue ...
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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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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 do I help my dog with major leash anxiety?

I have a rescue with similar anxieties. He was a stray in California with no idea of his past. He does freak out and did insist on walking directly in front of me ect. One of the things I learned is ...
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Putting leash on dog

To get your dog walking comfortably on a leash, initially all you need to prefer a light flat collar and a light leash. The first step is to get your dog familiar with the collar. If you attach a ...
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How can I get my dog to accept a harness without treats?

Try Lickety Stiks (manufacturer web site). I had a very treat-focused dog who developed megaesophagus when she was 10 years old. She would regurgitate solid treats unless I sat her up in a vertical ...
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How can I get my dog to accept a harness without treats?

If you cannot make a good association by giving food, try giving the "this is good" association by play, cuddle-times, and whatever she enjoys. Just have the harness around when you do things she ...
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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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