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Over the past month, I have acquired 2 kittens- one male that is about 4 months and one female that's a little younger. Before getting them, I had read up on clicker training cats, so I began to clicker train them right away (seperately, of course). The older male has done extraordinarily well. I successfully loaded the clicker, found a treat that he was crazy about, and taught him to come when called.

The female is a different story and has me at my wits end. It's not that she's not intelligent; it's just that she will NOT cooperate. I was successfully able to load the clicker with her (I know because I clicked without a reward and she searched for one), so I know she is capable of learning. However, when we throw in the commands, and she has to work for the treat, it's like she shuts down or gets bored. When we begin training, I always let her smell the treat to begin with, and then begin with the particular command I want to focus on (so far it's only the "come" command because I can't get her to pick it up). With the "come" command, once I have her attention and issue the command, she will slowly waltz toward me, stopping to look out the window, stopping to clean her paws a little, stopping to scratch on the carpet, etc. All the while I am about to pull my hair out! Once she does make it to me, I click, give a treat, and praise her over and over, and the process begins again.

When I first started training, she would sometimes sniff the treat and walk away, so I was like, "Okay, well maybe she doesn't like the treat. I need to find a better incentive." After several different types of reward including various treats and toys (as well as attempting training before a meal so she would be hungry), nothing is working. I have no idea what I am doing wrong! I know that she is probably just as confused as I am, but her seeminly indifferent attitude is so frustrating! Does anyone have any advice?

I have an almost 4yr old Great Dane and the poor thing is always plagued with numerous health issues, repeatedly and constantly. Im not sure which problem is worse. She gets dry spots randomly all over her body, her nose is so dry to the look and feel, that it feels like course sandpaper and looks "cracked". Her eyes get so bad they too appear to be dry and crusty, and at times give her eye sockets the look of being hollow. She also gets ear infections a couple times a year. She has been to the vet numerous times and been treated with topical and pill form antibiotics, ear cleansers, daily fish oil pills. the symptoms clear up but always return at any given time. I make sure her water bowl is always filled, even when she's outside, Im faithful with her daily fish oil pill, and we also use the topical antibiotics when the rash starts to surface. When symptoms are full blown, she appears to be extemely dehydrated. I now have a new problems, that she hasnt seen a vet for yet. She had a spot on her chest that had the look and size of a pencil eraser. We thought it was gone but it actually grew to appx 2"x2" and for lack of better words, has the look of a brain. It does not seem to bother her is any way, she does not lick or scratch it, but I fear it may be a tumor. Does anyone have suggestions on how to keep this dryness under control, and does this new spot on her chest sound like anything you may have experienced with your dog.

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ReeBee

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My spouse has recently been confined to a wheel cahir and walker due to a severe injury to her leg. Our 4 dogs have gotten along very well until my spouse came home from the hospital. One of my dogs has become aggressive towards one of her dogs. When in the house and she is home, Cagney has begun to show her teeth and growl at Her dog Bailey. At first Bailey just submitted and avoided. Recently...today...Cagmey had Bailey cornered in the living room, Spouse on the couch, and Cagney attacked Bailey...both suffered puncture wounds and I am at a loss as to how to get Cagney to stop theis senseless aggression...Anyone with experience in theis field PLEASE help!! I have had Cagney and Lacey for 11 years and do not want to give up Cagney. Cagney, Lacey and I have been in the same house hold with my spouse for 5 years with her dogs Bailey and Sarah.

My cat has been on Prednisolone for six years due to an allergy where he would itch so much he would get bare spots on his skin.   About two years ago, he developed an open sore on a paw and it has gradually grown larger and now it is bright pink and quite puffed up, but not infected.   I have been trying Derma Gel for one week now and it has not changed.   He also has kidney disease, but no diabetes.   He is around 12 years old.   The vet told me that there is nothing that can be done.   I would like to switch him off the Pred and put him on something else for his skin allergy.   Any of you have something similar to this and have advice for me?   Thanks!

Lately, my dog has been attacking people out of nowhere. She'll seem to be cool with them at first and then out of nowhere, she'll attack - as if she doesn't like the way they're standing or looking at her. The most common attacks are at our apartment's dog park. One happened just last night: We were the only ones there for a while. Then, a young couple comes in with their little dog. They came in, my dog seemed fine. We stood there talking, then the woman bent down to pet my dog, my dog seemed cool with it. Then we went back to standing around talking and then all of a sudden, my dog attacks the guy out of nowhere! (Explanation of "attacks": She starts off by growling, then lunges at the person, then jumps on the person and looks like she's biting them, but she never actually bites). Luckily, no one has ever been injured, but it's still very stressful and embarrassing. She's been doing this way too frequently lately and I'm getting very tired of it. Please help. I don't have the money for training so I'm trying to seek help online.

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rakehs69

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guys my rott wieler is too cute but like other dogs of the same breed my dog is not aggressive at all. i want it to be a bit aggressive in nature... what should i do

Hello everyone!! I have always been curious about what kind of breed my lil fatboy Sandy is. At one of our vet trips I was looking at the posters on the wall. One poster had pictures of car breeds. The moment I saw the Turkish Van picture I couldn't help but think about my cats resemblance to the Turkish Van. I went home and looked up this breed and noticed a lot of similar traits. He loves water; when he was a kitten he would jump in the shower with me. He liked to sit in the ledge of the tub and play in the water. He loves being up high- sometimes I wonder how the heck he gets in the places he does. He's super loving & will give you kisses a d headbutts as a sign of affection. 


He is orange & white and weighs 12.7 lbs. his tail is fluffy and he is long hair -very very soft fur. He is 9 years old & I love him to pieces! Bet can't & the longest cat I have ever owned! 

How do I upload a picture so everyone can see my handsome lil guy? Would love to figure out what kind of breed he is!!

Thanks!

Summer & Sandy 

I have two golden retreiver females. One is 1 1/2 years old and the other is 1 year old and they are sisters. I have tried several things including: over the counter anti-poop eating pills, hot sauce, crushed pineapple in the food, pumpkin, meat tenderizer and cottage cheese in their food. I now go out and pick up their poop right after they go but sometimes i miss some and they'll find it. Does anyone have any advise?

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carla

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I have a 6mos old mini schnauzer, Sammy. from the beginning he was great doing very good with house breaking. He slept on the bed never a problem, now literally has stopped his routine. Usually eat and outdoors, does his business back we are fine. Now eat outside for up to 15-20 minutes walks around then just looks at me and wants to go in. We go in and within walking away from him he will very deliberate doe his business. I have started to crate him and he will do it in his crate. He was neutered and that's when this behavior began. His personality just changed I'm angry and don't understand what to due. I've never had a dog that will go in the crate. He has a very deliberate look when he does it. Their personality shows on their face that's what drew it to me. What advise can someone give, because I really worry it's possible a problem of the breeder. 8 playpens with up to 5-6 puppies at different ages inside the dining room of the home. HELP PLEASE

Hi there,


I fell in love with cat, and I'd really like to know what kind breed it is.
If anyone has any idea what type/breed it is, I'd really appreciate it :)

Thank you! :)

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