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Who should win at tug of war?
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Tug as Play vs. Tug-Toy as Resource Unless you are dealing with a dog with resource-guarding or bite-inhibition issues, healthy play between dogs is reciprocal. When playing with humans, the play ...

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How can I protect my dogs from my neighbor's two pitbulls without shooting them?
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TL;DR You have a conflict where your neighbor's self-interest and yours don't seem to align. You also have a moral responsibility to take preventive action before your dogs are hurt, rather than ...

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Why does my dog become unmanageable midway through a long walk?
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There's not enough information in your post to provide a valid clinical picture. All of the behaviors you mentioned are natural dog behaviors that can occur in many situations. Context Matters ...

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Will kittens of a feral mom "suddenly become feral" if they are allowed outside?
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TL;DR [S]he insists on keeping them locked in her garage of late because kittens can "suddenly become feral" if allowed outside. Your neighbor is technically wrong, but possibly doing the right ...

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Can I use the water from my dehumidifier for my pets?
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Would it be safe to use the water I take from my dehumidifier and give it to my pets? No. The typical collection tank from a residential dehumidifier is not a safe source of potable water, and ...

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How much meat is enough for my dog?
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TL;DR I understand that the majority should be meat protein. Please don't feed just meat to your dog. Doing so will throw off the necessary calcium/phosphorous ratio, and will be missing a number ...

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My dog is destroying things and peeing inside when I am at work. How can I get him to stop?
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Consider Doggy Daycare There are already a number of other answers to this question, and many great suggestions. One that has not yet been mentioned is doggy daycare. Dogs are social creatures. Even ...

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Is chewing cardboard normal for a cat?
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TL;DR No one else has mentioned this, but dissection is often cited as part of a carnivore's prey drive. This is most often discussed in dogs, e.g. Predatory Behavior in Dogs, but is likely to be ...

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Can Rabbits tell time?
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How do Rabbits tell time? I don't think the science is conclusive on this, although there are certainly studies being done. As one example, some scientists claim that rats can tell how much time has ...

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Is my dog getting enough walks and eating enough food?
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I walk him twice a day, morning and evening. Is this enough? For most dogs, two or three walks a day is usually fine unless they have diarrhea or other health issues that require more-frequent ...

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How can I get rid of fleas without dangerous chemicals?
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Dogs and cats have a wide variety of flea management options available, but most flea treatments for ferrets are off-label. In additional to vacuuming and treating the environment, you can try: Food-...

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How to feed oral medication?
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TL;DR The ASPCA gives a reasonable roundup of pilling techniques, but misses a few such as compounded medications and pill guns. I outline a few of these alternatives below. Compounding Talk to ...

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How can I train my puppy to ignore wildlife at night while camping?
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Your question can't really be answered canonically, but there are a few things you might do: Train respect for barriers like crates, baby gates, and especially tent fabric. Train a reliable recall ...

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Why do neutered dogs still show sexual signs?
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There are a number of reasons why dogs hump, and most of them have nothing to do with sex. As a result, neutering has limited impact on this behavior. The ASPCA gives a fairly thorough list of reasons ...

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How can I reduce the smell of stale dog urine in my yard?
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TL;DR Zeolites and enzymatic treatments can be used separately or together to reduce urine odors in your yard. Zeolite If you don't mind putting down something that looks like sand or gravel, you ...

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Can check (choke) chain collars still be used to successfully train dogs?
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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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Why is my older dog becoming withdrawn from me and aggressive towards my younger dog?
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"Withdrawn" is a conclusion without supporting evidence. "Aggressive" is also a term that isn't sufficiently detailed in your post to allow for clinical interpretation. In general, when you introduce ...

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Why is my dog suddenly peeing whenever she gets into the trash?
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Trash-diving is a self-reinforcing behavior. Unless it’s hunger, in which case more or higher-quality food may help, it’s likely that your only option to prevent trashcan raids is to take the trash ...

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Is a dog placing it's head between two objects a sign of dominance or a desire for affection?
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Attention-Seeking Behavior as Communication I often find my dog putting his head between my bed and the nightstand, or between the chair arm and my lap...Often the rest of his body just 'relaxes'[.]...

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Possible sign of dog-to-dog aggression in a 3 dog household
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TL;DR Whether or not your concern is warranted depends on the general level of socialization among all three dogs. You should also try to determine whether the level of threat from the Chessie or the ...

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How can I get my dog to eat vitamins when she doesn't want to?
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1 votes

The Problem Can't force it down, because it's too big, and she's too small. This is the key. It sounds like the vitamins are simply too big, and your dog finds chewing them to be unpalatable. You ...

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Why is my dog going after another dog?
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TL;DR Your dog shows high levels of arousal when the other dog is present during your walks. This is really the only conclusion you can draw. Regardless of the reason for the arousal, the simplest ...

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Why is my puppy nipping at me, but not my wife?
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There is not enough information in your post for a proper clinical assessment. However, there are some general things you should consider. "Nipping" can be caused by excessive arousal or attention-...

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Why does my dog act differently outside the house?
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Assessment He walks with almost his entire weight over his front paws; he has his ears up and tail stiff (actually it's hard to tell because his tail is broken); and he will lunge at basically any ...

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Why won't my dog take the stairs?
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TL;DR There can be many reasons a dog would avoid stairs, including vision or joint issues, tactile sensations, or traction issues. In addition, many dogs lack the back-end awareness that makes ...

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