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How do I "apologise" to my cat?

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 ...
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How do I "apologise" to my cat?

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 ...
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Cat won't let us close door on carrier during training

With that caveat that I haven't personally attempted this, so these aren't exactly tested, but I have some suggestions: Get a different carrier. Zippers take a bit to zip, and meanwhile the door is ...
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Cat won't let us close door on carrier during training

Take a few weeks and just leave the carrier in a room the cat likes - with the door open. Put something soft on the bottom, like a folded up towel or some blankets, etc. Most cats will explore it on ...
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How to improve a dog's obsession with food?

The reactions you describe - her panicky state, shivering and inability to follow simple commands - points to a visceral reaction comparable to a panic attack. Humans and animals have different ...
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How do I "apologise" to my cat?

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 ...
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Dog having potty training accidents on rugs

You have in fact trained your pup to use the rugs as toilet. When you teach him to go on those training pads, it’s quite “logical” for him to classify your rugs as just another form of training pads. ...
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My cats are driving me crazy

The change in toilet behavior is the cats' expressions of stress. Not only has one of them given birth and is extremely protective of her litter and territory, but you also allowed an unknown cat with ...
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Cat won't let us close door on carrier during training

We were the delighted owners of a family of rescue cats such that 3 siblings had never been adequately socialsed when we got them. And we were never able to acclimatise them to the existence of the ...
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How to train dog to wake me up when she needs to go to the toilet?

As already pointed out, make sure the dog doesn't have a medical problem. If she is free to roam at night, where does she sleep? If she sleeps on your bed or in your bedroom, transition her to a ...
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How to get our dog used to me and my SO dancing together?

All I can offer is my own explanation of why dogs react that way: Dogs communicate much more than humans nonverbal. They have a range of facial expressions, but the way they hold and move their body ...
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Remedy an adult dog that was trained that it's okay to go to the bathroom inside

Negative reinforcement like crating your dog if he didn't pee actually makes lessons harder to learn. The dog has to understand the link between (missing) behavior and punishment and this link needs ...
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15 month old moodle crate regression

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 ...
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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 do I "apologise" to my cat?

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 ...
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Can I get my dog to start using his pet stairs?

It sounds like he needs encouraging Place the dog in the middle of the stairs. Put a treat on the top step only, and encourage him if/when he decides to walk up the remainder of the steps. If you want ...
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How do I train my cat to stop baring his teeth at me?

Cats are not dogs or toys. They have boundaries and they need to be respected, or else you probably shouldn't have a cat. A lot of cats don't like it when people reach over their heads to pet their ...
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My dog is destroying things and peeing inside when I am at work. How can I get him to stop?

I love all of the existing suggestions. I would like to add a few: Job Give your dog a job. Buy a canine backpack and fill it with water bottles. Use the backpack every time you walk the dog. This ...
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How do I "apologise" to my cat?

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, ...
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Due to roach infestations in the past, i began feeding my cat on paper on the dining table. Now she won't eat from her dish again post-bugs

Try moving the food back step-by step. First, you might put the bowl on the table, some paper on the dish, and the food on the paper, until she gets used to that. Then you can try making the paper ...
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Should I reward or punish my dog who runs away but eventually comes back?

You must always react to the most recent event or behavior. If your dog ran away 5 minutes ago, then came back 5 seconds ago, and then you punish him, he will associate the punishment with comming ...
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How can i get my adult hound dog to come when called?

You've already realized the core problem: Chasing animals is more fun than coming back to you. As long as you are less fun and rewarding than whatever your dog is currently doing, he will ignore you. ...
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How to train dog to wake me up when she needs to go to the toilet?

I haven't explicitly trained my Husky to do that, but she does actually wake me up when she needs to go in the middle of the night. Of course, that's easier as she sleeps with me in the bed, so all ...
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Overly tired or hyperactive puppy?

What you have is a high energy dog. She needs lots of physical and mental stimulation to be happy. The running around and whining if you don't offer enough training are good indicators that she has ...
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Should I reward or punish my dog who runs away but eventually comes back?

Reward him whenever he returns; I know it is aggravating and you really want to punish him. You want him to associate a reward with coming home, not punishment.
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How do I "apologise" to my cat?

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 ...
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How can I get my dog to drop the ball AFTER playing?

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 (...
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What are some long term strategy to keep cats off counters?

What to do As C.Koca pointed out in their answer to a similar question, you could try to scare your cat away at the exact moment when it climbs up there (it's important to catch your cat in the act of ...
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My bunny will not stop kicking her litter out of her litter box, what do I do?

There are a few reasons that come to my mind: The litter is dirty and your rabbit is trying to dig to improve her toilet. Check her litter more frequently, and change it more often if it's dirty. She ...
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My dog is aggressive around other dogs

Firstly, how large are the other dogs that are around? Try introducing from the bottom up: Introduce a smaller breed such as a shih tzu and gradually desensitize his fear of other dogs until he has ...
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