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I wouldn’t start giving treats for small accidents - what kind of behavior are you trying to reinforce? The cat won’t understand the concept of an “apology” via treats. And if careless weaving results in treats, kitty may end up with receiving more kicks trying to elicit treats from the human who is stumbling to the bathroom at night. My preferred way to ...


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I don't think there are many animals that understand the concept of apology, as a high level concept as such, except for maybe some other advanced primates. MAYBE elephants, dolphins, whales or belugas. But an apology has fundamental parts which you can communicate. Every animal genus has its own language (some are universal). What you would want to ...


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As Stephie and Opcode and Jonathan Wood all said, don't give a kitty a treat for this: treats act as rewards for the kitty herself doing something good, such as letting you comb out a knot or clean her eye, or doing something you personally think is a good idea. (In Skinner-Psychology terms it's reinforcement, part of Operant Conditioning.) It's difficult ...


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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 sensitive and vulnerable tissues in the neck that can be irritated, pinched, crushed, dislocated or otherwise injured if the dog pulls too hard or too often: Image ...


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Going to preface this by saying I'm not a professional dog trainer but I'll share the knowledge and experience I've learned over the years in hopes that it points you in the right direction. I have a 6 year old husky-lab mix with reactivity issues and have been researching different dog behaviours and training methods. The crate It sounds like there's ...


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I don't see the purpose of giving your cat treats in this particular case. What I do in this case is gently pet the cat and give it positive contact. This counters the bad experience by reinforcing the positive experiences with you, and demonstrates that you are not angry or otherwise intending harm.


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Summary: Keep feeding and protecting it. No action can be stronger than that for an animal. There is no such thing as apologizing to an animal. You can feel sorry for something you've done to it, yes, but not convey it to your pet. Non-human animals don't exhibit such sophisticated understanding. A pet will be your "friend" as long as the benefits ...


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I used to have a kitty that was all sorts of attention hungry, which was as endearing as it was annoying at times. However, he figured out that if say I did not see him and his black fur running up the steps in the morning and accidentally kicked him that he would get cuddles as I went to say sorry and make it all better. And the first two times it happened ...


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Oh boy, that's the lab coming through. This is a hard behavior to train for specifically because like you said, there's not a lot you can do that will motivate her more than the ball she already has (other than another ball like you have been doing, but that defeats the point). Is she motivated by any other types of play or attention? Tug maybe? A toy she ...


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