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Alexandra Fishman | 3 months ago
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Zack | 3 months ago
Hi Everyone I’m In Desperate Need Of Some Help Here! I Have Two Cats (one 4…

Hi everyone I’m in desperate need of some help here! I have two cats (one 4YOM and one 1.5YOF both fixed) that keep peeing outside the litter box. Unfortunately it has been confirmed that they both go outside the litter box. The male likes going on things such as the curtains by the front window, the trash can by the back door and in my pretty much anywhere in my niece’s play room. The female likes going on dirty clothes, floor mats, and pretty much anything in both my niece’s playroom and bedroom. Unfortunately this problem has been going on for almost a year with no real improvements.

Some more information about the cats. I’ve had the male cat since birth. He is healthy barring anything showing up at the next vet visit. The female was adopted about a year ago from a local shelter and is also healthy. We have three litter boxes placed throughout the house but for the past 2ish months they’ve only used one of them. We do unfortunately have feral cats outside (caught two and had them neutered.)

I really need some help. I ripped up all the carpet in the house and replaced it with hardwoods. We’ve thrown out hundreds of dollars of clothes and toys. I’ve gone through at least $100 worth of enzyme cleaner. We swapped the litter boxes. We swapped the litter we use. We swapped diets. We close off most of the house during the day. I even attempted (much to my heartbreak) of following other online advice and confining them separately to a big dog crate for a week to retrain them on the litter box.

Nothing has worked and I’m at my wits end. I called my vet today to ask for a behaviorist but they suggested I try this resource first.

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Hannah morrison | 11 months ago
I Recently Adopted A Cat From The Local Rescue. She Is 4 Years Old And…

I recently adopted a cat from the local rescue. She is 4 years old and has been returned to the animal shelter 6 times and she was set up to be euthanized. I couldnt let this happen do we adopted her and now even with two litter boxes that are cleaned daily, she is urinating on furniture and blankets and really anything she can get too. We are taking her to a behaviorist to try to help her but idk what else to try and tonight I’m at my wits end. She peed on my quilt that my grandmother handmade me. I just need suggestions on what to do

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Vet first. Then confine her to one smallish room for the time being, and keep the door SHUT. Make sure she has 2 litterboxes in that room, plus food/water/cat tree. Spend time with her in that room every day. Behaviorist is a good next step.

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Hi? Thank you for saving this kitty!!!! Totally agree with confining her to her own space with multiple litter boxes, BUT I wouldn’t have anything valuable (like another quilt from grandma or special piece of furniture or something). And make sure to visit her and play with her and cuddle with her many times a day/evening. And I know that this sounds crazy, but my grandparents had a cat that the toilet trained (like actual toilet?)using treats, so perhaps when you catch her using the littler box a treat right away might help.

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I agree with all of the above. And start meds before you get to your wits end. These cases often take lots of time and patience. But I firmly believe that where there is a will there is a way. I wish you the best of luck. She is lucky to have found you.

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Katie Halligan | 4 years ago
He Has No Obvious Triggers For His Aggression , Sometimes It Is Food Related But…

He has no obvious triggers for his aggression , sometimes it is food related but a lot of the time he can be kicking and playing and cuddling and suddenly growl and try to bite . He has once seriously bitten my boyfriends hand and took a real chunk from a finger. We have had a behaviourist look at him but none of the advice he gave has seemed to work. Vets have said he is too vicious to have nutured , and we can’t get a groomer to finish the job because he attacks them ! Really heart breaking as he is so well loved .

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for how long has the behaviorist been working with you?  what are they having you do with him?  did you get him from a breeder, and if so, have you discussed this with them, to find out if they have had aggression issues in any other dogs they’ve produced?

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ah. yeah, that person isn’t who i’d want to work with, either. what a twit! i would, instead, ask your vet for a referral to a positive or balanced trainer for help.

does your dog have any structure? by that, i mean: is he permitted to get away with a lot for one reason or another? is he crate trained? do you let him on the furniture? what’s your normal daily routine like with him?

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ahh, that’s why. he has zero structure, zero rules, so the family has turned him into a wild beast who always gets his way. they CAN fix this, but they all need to be on board and they all need to be active in his training. this is a great way to start: The Triad: Foundation Exercises There are three categories of exercises in the basic foundation trilogy. These three exercises should be trained like any other behaviors, first in a quiet distraction free environment subsequently adding challenges of time, distance and distraction as each level is mastered. 1) The… Read more »

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i’m also a huge, huge fan of the concept that nothing in life is free. dogs need to earn their privileges (like couch/bed access)…and they need to learn that those privs can be revoked.

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/training_nothing_in_life_is_free.html

i would keep him on a leash for now, and when you tell him to get off the couch, MAKE him get off the couch with the leash. he cannot be permitted to continue to get away with this behavior.

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People seem to forget little dogs are still dogs. They need the same structure as big dogs.

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I used to have a Yorkshire terrier with the same problem he would be fine one minute and then he’d be growling and trying to bite us, the first thing we done when he started acting like this was got him neutered, it help a little bit as we could rule hormones out, then we started some serious training with him, like he wasn’t allowed upstairs in our house or on any furniture but his own bed, any match time he growled at us or tried to bite he was put in his cage or outside in the garden, he… Read more »

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Kariman Hassan | 4 years ago
I Took Her To A Behaviourist And He Said It’s Fear Based Aggression, But I…

I took her to a behaviourist and he said it’s fear based aggression, but I did not like his methods of dealing with it, he told me to use a choke chain and I don’t believe in using those on my dogs. She’s quite aggressive with other dogs too, even though i have another dog and she’s completely fine with him.

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i’m not a fan of chokers, either, as they can cause significant damage to the windpipe.  was this guy a veterinary behaviorist?  did he have any credentials at all?

i don’t know that i’d want to see a corrective collar used on a dog that already has displayed fear aggression – assuming this guy isn’t spouting something he heard on TV once.  i’d talk to the SPCA in your area about who they use for evaluations and training.  

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I would suggest getting ur dog a muzzle to wear anytime the dog is outside, especially useful when walking your dog. There are muzzles that are non constrictive that would work and keep everyone safe

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oh, he’s one of *those* trainers. i am…not a fan. add to that the fact that it’s hard to evaluate a dog online. he might say it’s fear aggression without knowing what he’s talking about, especially if he’s one of those idiots who subscribes to dominance theory. i don’t normally do this, but this is the best option i have: are you on Facebook? if so, please join https://www.facebook.com/groups/dogtraininghelp/ and ask your question there. they may direct you to the FILES section, which has a ton of really, really helpful information. this is well beyond my ability to help with,… Read more »

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karolina dabrowski | 4 years ago
My Dog Is About 16 Months Old We Absolutely Love Him But He Is Really…

My dog is about 16 months old we absolutely love him but he is really annoying!! I usually keep my dogs in the basement because I have both crates there and I usually hang out in the basement. Anytime someone comes home Benzo barks his life away its really annoying! He has this horrible snobby attitude (that’s the best way to describe it) I can tell him “go downstairs” He will stare at me for 5 seconds and take only one step and lay down. I will repeat myself 5 times and he will go down a couple more until he finally reaches the bottom and as soon as I turn my head he runs up the stairs again. He drives me nuts its like having a bad toddler!! I really try to keep both my dogs off the leash during walks because there is never anybody there and we have a nice pond located at the back of our house that connects in a big circle for all the homes to enjoy. I can never leave him without a leash!! He never listens, he doesn’t come back. My boxer mix is always by my side with her guard up paying attention to where I am. Benzo is a piece of work.. He gets into bushes, chases random wild rabbits, and pees wherever he feels like it. Im starting to think I need a behaviourist for this trouble maker.

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how much time do you invest in training this young dog?  he sounds BORED.  plus he’s too young to be off-lead.

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Lauren Candlish | 5 years ago
Hi, I Have A A Nearly Five Springer Spaniel Who Barks A Lot. Now I…

Hi, I have a a nearly five springer spaniel who barks a lot. Now I mean a lot. Sometimes he barks when he wants his ball thrown or if something comes through the letterbox. He has different reasons and causes for barking, usually its excitement or attention. As you can image it’s very annoying and can’t keep going on. He can be quite dominant over is ball to other dogs and so will sometimes growl aggressively at them or bark aggressively at them. I just keep fearing the worst and I don’t know what to do. I don’t really think hiring a behaviourist is an option however we did find classes to take him to but were put off when it said that it’s not good for dogs that don’t get along with other dogs.
(The class was for nuisance barking)
He has always preferred human company but not always been as aggressive and noisy. He gets 3-4 half an hour walks a day and usually on those walks he has a ball thrown, a stick thrown or swims in the river. He is a great dog but he can’t keep barking all the time or acting aggressively.
Any advice I will be grateful for. I recently received great advice from a girl on here and I’m now going to try and expand a basic hide a treat or ball game. I’m going to do this by hiding the object harder and in a bigger space (the garden for example). This is a mind challenging game and it could help stop his barking. It seems that my dogs barking could be down to boredom so any other mind challenging game suggestions ? I’d be very grateful,
Thanks 🙂

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Lauren Candlish | 5 years ago
Hi, I Have A A Nearly Five Springer Spaniel Who Barks A Lot. Now I…

Hi, I have a a nearly five springer spaniel who barks a lot. Now I mean a lot. Sometimes he barks when he wants his ball thrown or if something comes through the letterbox. He has different reasons and causes for barking, usually its excitement or attention. As you can image it’s very annoying and can’t keep going on. He can be quite dominant over is ball to other dogs and so will sometimes growl aggressively at them or bark aggressively at them. I just keep fearing the worst and I don’t know what to do. I don’t really think hiring a behaviourist is an option however we did find classes to take him to but were put off when it said that it’s not good for dogs that don’t get along with other dogs.
(The class was for nuisance barking)
He has always preferred human company but not always been as aggressive and noisy. He gets 3-4 half an hour walks a day and usually on those walks he has a ball thrown, a stick thrown or swims in the river. He is a great dog but he can’t keep barking all the time or acting aggressively.
Any advice I will be grateful for,
Thanks

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what *else* do you do with him?  do you work on training of any kind?  working breeds NEED mental stimulation, and excessive barking is usually an indicator that the dog is bored out of his mind.

i don’t know how to curb the aggression, but i would consult a behaviorist about that.

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have you ever considered hunt training him? that’s what he was bred to do, and he may enjoy it!

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well, my usual default suggestion is nosework, but i don’t know if retrievers/gundogs are big on the sniffing. if he’s always sniffing away, though i’d look into it.

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good luck! i hope it helps. 🙂