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From what I've seen, there's not a lot of settled science about the inner lives of fish. It's not really obvious whether they even experience emotional states like boredom in a way we would recognize. Most of the research in this field of animal behavior focuses on larger vertebrates from what I can tell. When we talk about a bored pet, what we're basically ...


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There are a lot of toys on the market designed to stimulate cats who are stuck in indoor environments, and usually they are designed to mimic behaviours that cats use outside and in the wild, etc. Some suggestions you might want to try that don't involve buying possibly expensive toys that your cat might not like are: give it food to hunt. I often use cat ...


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Ashley Nunn made some great suggestions, and I won't repeat her advice. I will add, though, a couple of suggestions: Ensure she has a comfortable perch with a view. Some cats can be quite content to watch what's going on outside. There are a variety of cat perches that you can mount on a window sill, or, if you have a cat tree, such as Ashley Nunn ...


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It might be that she's just not interested. She's obviously smart, and does interact with people, but toys simply may not catch her attention. She might just find it boring. Alternatively she may just be picky - our resident canine won't bother with anything non-squeeky. You might also experiment with varied play - we tend to 'refuse' to give ours a toy, ...


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In my experience the benefits of chewing raw or smoked bones far outweigh the draw backs. They work really well keeping the dogs teeth clean... much better than brushing I have found. They really help give puppies and young dogs something to chew on to meet that need. I hear that it also serves as a good calcium source but I don't know the scientific facts ...


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I've had similar issues getting my dog interested in toys. One dog will lay in bed all day and only play on his own "in secret" at night. He is 13-years-old, and historically only interacts well with my wife (his "person"), so I'm not concerned with him. The more universally-interactive dog will not play with toys, but she will sun ...


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I wouldn't worry about a lack of interest in retrieving, since most dogs have to be taught how to do this. My dog (Shiba Inu) treats a game of fetch as a way to start a game of keep-away. Toy Recommendations My boy bores easily, so most of his toys (flatties, ropes, and Kong rope stuffed animals) are used for either chewing or playing keep-away. There ...


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There is no fixed time your cat need to be with you, you and your cat need to make a compromise about the time you have and the time your cat wants. Every cat is different, some want a lot of attention and others want little attention. The good thing with cats are they can adapt to your daily routine, at least over time. The covid situation has disturbed the ...


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Yes two cats will stimulate each other. They will also clean the hard-to-reach spots on each other. Siblings will typically get along, but they still may show some aggression against each other (like human siblings). Oddly I notice some male cats sometimes picking on the females and the females vocalizing about it. The siblings I have had never really hurt ...


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Shiba Inus are traditionally "strong willed" and I am sure she is adjusting to a routine like any puppy would. For a short term fix, have you tried any sort of toy "puzzle"? A classic go-to is using a kong filled with a treat, even something like peanut butter which is a good distraction. You can find other treat puzzles on sites like Chewy.com. Otherwise, ...


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This answer is part of Pet's Spring Cleaning Campaign. This question is old, but this answer will still help people with the same problem. Do dogs need dog friends? It depends. If you (your dog's owner) are often away, such as being at a full-time job, your dog will need something to keep them happy and not lonely. rover.com says: Yes, dogs do get lonely. ...


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The biggest danger I'm aware of (aside from possible chewing off a piece bigger than they can chew and choking) is that the rawhide can expand when it gets wet. So when a dog ingests rawhide, it expands either in their stomach, or in their intestines, blocking their normal bodily functions and causing them harm. Another is a manufacturing issue. Rawhide is ...


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You can : doggie intelligence test doggie agility / doggie indoor agility teach the dog a new trick doggie daycare service in your area find the treat game ; and other games take your dog for a walk take your dog to a dog-friendly restraunt and eat at the patio etc


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I found this while looking for the same thing with my daxie! I have tried so many different things and the only success I had was to hide a toy for about 6 weeks and when I pulled it out again she was so excited. same with fetch she is very disinterested after a short time. What I have found that drives her mad is using two tennis balls instead of one...she ...


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I recently moved to Georgia and inherited 3 pond comets which live outside regardless of temperature. Their names are Winkin Blinkin and Nod. When my friends ask which one is which I told them the orange one is Nod. All humor aside this last weekend I took a lot of stones from a live running brook that runs through my yard and put them in the pond which is ...


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I made a toy for her. My cat has a huge basket full of toys that she never plays with. I noticed that she likes string, feathers and things that dangle. So I put together a toy using fishing line, 2 beads (for weight), origami paper crane, a piece of wire and a small toy with feathers. I strung it all up using the techniques I used when learning how to fish. ...


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We never gave our foster pup (who LOVES to chew) rawhides because we've heard that they're dangerous if they splinter. Instead we gave her deer antlers, which are readily available at pet stores in our area. They don't splinter and they take a while to get through.


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Without being able to cite any sources, the general answer is no. I've heard that many dogs enjoy walking the same path every day, because It gives them a routine and they know what to expect. Especially anxious dogs feel safer when they can predict what's going to happen. Dogs have much more sensory input than humans. For example, they smell who was there ...


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Labs are indeed a very active breed. But be aware that, when they were used for waterfowling, they were not stimulated the whole day, too. They often had to stay in kennels for hours until the hunt started. And even active dogs like Labs need to sleep between 15 and 20 hours a day. They don't do that at once, but they need short naps during the day. So it is ...


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It sounds like she might be well on her way to manipulate you into giving her attention whenever she wants. Small children are good at this manipulation, too, especially when their parents underestimate their intelligence. Ignoring her advances would be the best way to discourage her, but her destroying things should not be ignored. Starting crate training, ...


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It sounds like you have done a good job so far of providing basic opportunities for engagement. I have two tips that you might not have thought of yet. Enlist Help If you live in an apartment complex or neighborhood, there might be older children around who would love to hang out with your cat for free or very cheap. 10-15-year-olds are ideal for this, ...


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You certainly do love your cat. In requires to swimming. Cat can swim. If tipped over in your boat, she (he?) will immediately head for shore. When I was 12, we took our cat out in a rowboat a good distance from shore and put the cat in the water. He stuck out for the shoreline. Someone was there with a towel to wipe him off. He didn't seem to mind, but I ...


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There are a few ways to keep older dogs who are less inclined to play happy and invested in a more natural need satisfaction - we have a Shetland sheepdog and he'll likely never herd sheep but he gets occupied with other activities. Firstly we take him geocaching a lot - this involves plenty of walking but he's gotten very used to helping find the geocaches ...


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Yes, there are studies about it. If you search the web you can find many of them. I will leave you with this research so you can check it and of course you can look for many others: Behavioral effects of auditory stimulation on kenneled dogs


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Mine love tunnels. Google "cat tunnels" and you will find a world of rabbit joy. They also love cardboard boxes, to jump on top of, to hide behind, and to chew.


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I do have toys for my rabbit. I give her usually paper bags or cardboard boxes or rolls to play with. My rabbit loves spending lots of time with me, however, I still would give them possibly a few toys because they could get bored, or just want something harmless to chew on. I have seen people give plastic toys to rabbits, but I wouldn't recommend it. If ...


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There's a persistent rumor (at least where I live) that all hollow bones (like those in legs) are harmful to dogs and all non-hollow bones (like ribs and shoulder blades) are safe. This myth is wrong. It's rather correct that all raw bones are safe for dogs and all cooked ones are harmful. Raw bones are no danger to dogs because they're part of their natural ...


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