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Cat ANSWER TOOLS: When your cat starts doing something you don’t like—such as scratching the furniture or peeing outside the litter box—it’s easy to become frustrated. We can help you resolve most cat behavior issues by explaining why your cat may be acting that way and giving you the tools to correct the behavior.  You’ll find out that most common behavior problems can be solved by making your cat feel safe, secure, and stimulated.

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How to STOP Your Puppy/Dog From JUMPING on 3 steps & 10 Common Dog Behavior Problems & How to Solve Them!10 of the most common Behavior Problems w/ dogs/puppies and how to stop/avoid them:

AVOID these 3 simple mistakes to make sure that you stop your dog from jumping up:

1. Yelling

Yelling doesn’t work. It is a waste or your time and breath.

Poignantly, yelling doesn’t work for much when you are talking about dog training.

It may work on your children, but in most cases (unless you are willing to back hand your dog or inflict sincere pain) yelling incites excitement.

Dogs often don’t know how to deal with our anger when they are already excited.

Here they are excited to see us, excited we are home, trying to communicate something, or trying to play with us and we yell.

Yelling confuses dogs.

Again, they are excited and we seem angry?

So, in an effort to appease us, they often get more excited or agitated and confused and jump on us more or show other inappropriate behaviors like nipping.

Imagine being in love with someone, sincerely missing them for what seems like forever (months) and then having them meet you with indifference and anger. Would you be confused or hurt? Would you try to cheer them up or change their mind?

Your dog doesn’t understand, don’t waste your time yelling at him, which will simply make his behavior worse and will inevitably make you angrier.

2. Kicking

Kicking or kneeing is another choice that will, almost certainly, confuse your dog.

I know that some will claim that it has worked for them in the past, but not only is kicking barbaric it often doesn’t work unless there is significant pain associated with it on several occasions.

And, who really wants to kick and hurt their dog?

Much less, who wants to ask other people to kick and hurt their dog?

That is certainly not the way that I want to train!

I don’t want my dog to fear me or other people.

And, really it is as simple as that.

But it also only works for people who are willing to do that to your dog.

How many 3-year-olds are going to kick your dog? How many visitors? Is that really what you want your dog to learn?

I think we have all tried these techniques, yelling, kneeing, grabbing their feet till they are uncomfortable; but these all rely on “WAITING FOR THE DOG TO JUMP” instead of stopping the dog from jumping up from the beginning.

3. Turning Away

I know, I know – you didn’t expect that one on the list!

Many people are told to just turn their back when their dog or another dog jumps on them. And, I will concede that sometimes I do this with other people’s dogs for a short time until I can find another tactic, but it still doesn’t usually work.

Again it may have worked for a small handful of dogs, but not the majority.

Jumping is a Self-Rewarding Behavior

Let that sink in for a minute…

Jumping is a self-rewarding behavior, so to some degree it doesn’t matter how much screaming, kicking, smacking, ignoring or turning you try to do; your dog is getting something out of jumping on you.

His brain fills with oxytocin and serotonin as soon as he gets next to you and touches you. This also happens when you touch him, but if you don’t do it fast enough he figures he can just jump into your space and onto you.

He doesn’t mean any harm, really.

He is a dog, and dogs aren’t born knowing and understanding our human rules and guidelines. They require teaching!

They don’t understand that it hurts sometimes when they jump.

They don’t understand how dangerous it is to jump on toddlers or the elderly.

They don’t understand when you are dressed up and you don’t want your nylons ripped.

They especially don’t understand when you are inconsistent!!!

And, turning away from them just makes jumping more of a game.

He jumps, you turn, he jumps again… this goes on and on and whereas it isn’t fun for you; and you hope that he is learning, the truth is that he is a dog and he is having a good time.

Turning away is like playing a game of keep away.

Dogs LOVE keep away!

2 Things That Help

#1 Reward a dog with four feet on the floor!

In order to teach a dog our rules and guidelines, we must teach them what behaviors we like

People spend so much time telling dogs what NOT to do, that they rarely think about teaching their dogs what TO DO instead!

I reward my puppies for lying down on the floor at my feet, or sitting, or even just keeping all four feet on the ground.

In the beginning, I reward the puppy or new dog before they get an opportunity to jump.

I make sure that I have excellent, tasty rewards! For instance, your dog might rather jump on you than have a stale dog biscuit. I use chicken breast, cheese or liver to reinforce good behavior.

Once my dog learns to keep all four on the floor, I change the criteria to sitting or (even better) lying down and waiting for me to come to him for affection.

If jumping doesn’t bring petting or affection, but keeping four feet down brings treats AND affection a dog will learn quickly to stay off of you and your guests!

#2 Leash for Control

If you are still struggling and have inadvertently rewarded jumping behaviors, you might need some help.

When I am working with a chronic jumper be it puppy or adult dog, I utilize a leash in the house.

It doesn’t have to be a long leash, it can just be a tab leash, but a leash gives me control of my dog’s body and space.

If my dog jumps up, I can simply and quietly pluck him off of my body.

Again, I don’t yell or shout commands… I don’t want to reverse the affects and make this rewarding, I simply very quietly remove the dog and wait for an opportunity to reward the dog for four on the floor or sitting.

Leashes are not just for taking your dog outside for a walk.

Leashes help us teach our dogs and gain control of other bad behaviors too!

This is Critical

The most critical piece? Consistency!!!

You must be consistent!

This is why the puppy at my house has struggled. He can jump on some but not others.

He has learned that if he sits or lies down he will be rewarded by me; but I am sure it is confusing for him that he can jump on some people but not others.

Be fair and be consistent and you will sculpt the dog of your dreams!

Why Dogs Jump Some reasons dogs jump: Greeting people/dogs Attention-seeking Play initiation To explore/get something they want that is high up

First and foremost, jumping is the canine way of saying hello. It’s how your dog shows his joy at seeing you, a visitor to the house, or a friendly-looking stranger on the street. It’s not an attempt to dominate you nor is it done out of spite.

Alternatively, you can prevent the problem in the first place. Use a baby gate to keep your dog away from the entry door, perhaps by limiting him to certain rooms while you are away. Then you can wait until your dog sits to greet him. Around the house:
Step 1. If your dog jumps on you to get attention or to play, turn your back to him.
Step 2. When he stops jumping, turn around and praise him. Repeat if necessary.
Step 3. If your dog keeps jumping up when you turn your back, walk away from him. If he follows and jumps again, put him in another room for a minute or two. By following this approach, you train your dog to sit for attention.

 Be consistent. Teach your friends and family to practice these steps with your dog, too. Otherwise you unintentionally teach your dog that it’s okay to jump on people sometimes.
 Don’t push away your dog or scold him for jumping on you. That’s more than enough attention to keep him jumping.
 Never bring your knee up as protection against your dog’s over-happy greetings, or step on his toes when he jumps, or grab and pinch his feet. You can cause real damage to your dog and he won’t understand what you want him to do.

Your dog greets you, the mailman, your neighbor, the pizza delivery guy and anyone else who comes over by jumping on her, and you’re wondering why. In most cases, your dog is simply being social — in an overly excitable way.

Your dog has no idea that he’s scratching your visitor's legs or soiling someone's nice clothes, and if your first instinct and that of the person who is being greeted by your pooch is generally to yell and push the dog off, some pooches see that as a fun game. The result? He does it again and again, until he figures out that you’re really angry and runs away to sulk.

Thankfully, you can put an end to this behavior if you’re committed to a simple series of actions designed to both ignore and distract your dog from jumping all over you and your visitors. A dog trainer, behaviorist or your veterinarian can offer advice on getting your dog to keep four on the floor.

7 Brain Training Games For UN-Spoiling Dogs That Get Too Excited … About Everything! It’s The Fun & Easy Way To Re-wire Your Dog’s Brain, So He’s Able To Calm HIMSELF… Focus… And Listen! Check out this short video to learn more about dogs jumping and how to train them: Click
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How To Stop Your Puppy OR DOG From Biting - Professional Dog Training TipsThis video will show you how to stop a puppy from nipping. There are a lot of misconceptions out there about how long it will take before your puppy stops nipping and biting you. The simple methods we will talk about in this video will help to show you how to stop that puppy biting quickly. In a matter of a few training sessions rather than a few weeks. Puppies explore the world with their mouths. They play with their litter-mates by nipping and rolling around together. It's really important that you give your puppy clear and consistent information about what is ok to bite and what is not! We have used this method to teach thousands of puppies with razor sharp puppy teeth to stop nipping, and this video will show you how to stop your puppy from nipping, humanely and quickly!

How Long Does Puppy Teething Last? There are few baby animals on the planet cuter than a puppy, and a playful pupperino can be forgiven for almost anything — including all that nipping. Nothing is safe from those little puppy chompers whether its the couch cushions, shoes, hands, arms, or legs. Tasting all the things is part of a puppy's natural development. Nipping is both inherent to puppy play and a way to learn and explore the world. As much as we can forgive the little fluffballs, biting too hard or excessively aggressive behaviors should be stymied as early as possible. There is no set age that marks the end of puppy teething, but the need to bite starts to subside around the same time that their permanent teeth come in.

The Quickest Way to Stop Puppy Biting

No matter what you do, your puppy isn't going to stop biting overnight. Training techniques, however, can be used to eventually teach the puppy not to bite. Puppies and bite for a few reasons, including teething, exploring and playing. Puppies, unlike most adult dogs, haven't yet learned the skill of bite inhibition; this is what you must teach in order to stop the puppy from biting.


One of the primary reasons puppies must be taught to stop biting is that they were taken from their mothers too soon. Puppies shouldn't be separated from their mothers and their litter mates until they are at least 8 weeks old; 12 weeks is best. It is between the ages of 5 and 8 weeks that the mother teaches the puppies many social skills--including bite inhibition. The rough and tumble play of puppies in a litter also is part of the natural way in which puppies learn not to bite.

Mother’s Method

The most effective way to teach a puppy not to bite is to use the method her mother would have used. When the puppy bites, yelp--just like a dog would do if it had been hurt. The puppy may stop in surprise and then launch right back into play, biting again. This time turn to the puppy and growl, sounding as mean as you can. Turn away and refuse to play with the puppy for a few minutes. This sends the message that you aren't going to play unless the puppy plays nice.


Another method is to teach the puppy a command for the behavior you want. Hold the puppy's mouth closed for about 10 seconds. This training should be done when the dog is calm and in a quiet setting. While holding the mouth closed, praise the dog and tell her, "Close your mouth." As the dog learns the command, when she does bite, you can say, "Close your mouth." This will remind her that biting is not acceptable. Be careful not to cause the dog to bite her lips or tongue when you hold her mouth closed; hold the mouth gently and not in a way that is uncomfortable for the puppy.


Be careful of the games you play with your puppy. Many of the ways in which humans play with puppies actually teach them to bite. Wrestling with the puppy, especially with your hands, and games such as tug-of-war may confuse the puppy about when it is OK to bite and when it is not. It is best to avoid these games with your puppy, especially during the stage of development when he is learning bite inhibition.


Punishing your puppy--especially physically, such as swatting or slapping the dog--will not stop the puppy from biting. What physical punishment is likely to do is cause the puppy to become more determined to nip and lead to the dog biting out of aggression. In addition, physical punishment will destroy the bond that you are seeking to create with your puppy, causing the puppy to fear you.

Teething Starts at 2 Weeks and Continues for Several Months

Do sharp little puppy teeth seem to have a magnetic attraction to your fingers and toes? This is hardly surprising. Like human babies, a huge part of puppy development stems from exploring the world with his mouth. Unlike human babies, puppy teeth come in as early as 2 weeks after they are born, so, while nipping starts young, puppies are usually still with their moms and breeders. It isn't until they are about four months old that those needle sharp puppy teeth fall out to make room for adult teeth — right around the same time they are coming home to your house.

As anyone who has been anywhere near a teething baby can tell you, the process of growing new teeth is not fun. Painful gums, drooling, and of course, chewing, biting and nipping are all signs that your puppy has his big boy teeth coming in. Providing your pup with chew toys and training him to avoid gnawing on furniture or feet will go a long way to help mitigate the biting as well as sooth his mouth and gums.

Teething Should Stop When Baby Teeth Are Gone

Puppies start off with 28 little mini-razors that fall out over the course of several months. Most dogs start losing their baby teeth between 4 and 6 months old, and they tend to become chewing maniacs during that time. Some continue to lose teeth until about 9 months old. After they lose their baby teeth, however, they don't need to chew to relieve mouth pain. It is important to begin correcting against nipping and biting behavior because a playful chomp from a mouth full of baby teeth may not be very comfortable, but a mouth full of full-sized dog teeth can be severe.

Nipping is a habit that you can correct. You can start training a puppy not to nip at around 6 to 8 weeks old, but he might not be able to stop himself during the teething process. Be patient during this stage; it can be uncomfortable for the puppy, but it doesn't last long.

Training Starts Early

Young puppies learn how much nipping is too much with their litter mates. While they play together, they practice nipping and biting. When one pup nips too hard, the other will cry out, letting everyone know that hurt. Usually, both puppies will stop playing for a little while as they take in this new information. The ability for a dog to control his bite and know when a nip or bite is too hard is called bite inhibition. Puppies can learn bite inhibition from their human families as well.

When your puppy is as young as 6 weeks old, you can start some basic behavior correction. When he bites you, pull away and yelp or say, "Ouch!" in a high voice. Puppies yip when they are bitten too hard by littermates, then they move away to play elsewhere. Making your version of a yip is a language your puppy can understand. Praise him when he stops to positively reinforce good behavior. He might continue to nip, but he's learning how much pressure he can exert without hurting you. Continue this practice two or three times in a fifteen minute period.

If you find that yelping doesn't work, an alternative is to give him a 10 to 20 second time out from play. When he nips or bites too hard, yelp and then stop playing or get up and walk away for several seconds. This will teach him that gentle play is okay, but rough play will stop immediately.

Playing games with your puppy is important, and using toys can help teach him not to chew your hands or arms. Be sure to teach your puppy commands like "leave it" or "let go" to prevent play from becoming to aggressive. Also, remember not to pull away from a bite because that can trigger a chase instinct and make the problem worse.

Appropriate Chew Toys are a Must

Since the teething period is prime nipping time, providing your pup with appropriate chew toys can help reduce the amount of time he uses you to gnaw on. Silicone or rope chew toys are good choices and will serve to redirect his nipping tendencies. Toys also help remind puppies that toys are okay to chew, but not people. Always end a play session the moment he starts to nip or bite at you to reinforce the idea that nipping has negative consequences. Don't play rough with him. Games like tug-of-war, or quick hand movements around his face may excite or confuse him and keep him from understanding when it is appropriate to nip and when it isn't.

It is very important to monitor your furry friend's toys to make sure they can stand up to the rigors of teething. Check his favorites often to make sure there are no holes or pieces missing. Your dog should not have toys that he is able to chew chunks off of or pull stuffing or fibers from.

How to Train Your Dog Not to Bite

Adult dogs and puppies tend to bite for a variety of reasons. Puppies, for example, go through a teething process, and biting helps alleviate the pain. On the other hand, biting in an elderly dog is a sign of illness. Whatever the reason, take steps to discourage and prevent this dangerous habit. When training your dog not to bite, it is important that you remain calm, consistent and always in control. After all, you must set a good example when attempting to stamp out aggressive behavior in your canine friend.

Yelp or call out in pain immediately after the dog bites you. Then growl and chase the dog away from you. This not only lets the dog know he has done something wrong, it asserts your dominance.

Set up a routine where the dog is fed and watered at specific times of the day and only after he has come when called and behaved properly. Do not feed him if he is acting aggressively. Command him to sit and wait patiently. Continue this process and remain consistent to assert yourself as the alpha male in the pack.

Set up an area specifically for your dog to spend the night. Do not allow him to sleep on your bed or in the bedroom.

Stop playing games with an adult dog that encourage aggressive behavior, such as wrestling or tug of war. Otherwise, if your dog becomes excited or aggressive during play, ignore him until he calms down.
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For our adopters looking to adopt a kitten.... our partner shelter in NJ is sending us another group of 40+ kittens this Saturday. They'll be available for adoption next week early to mid week. Pls watch our website for pix and dates available 🙂 due to the number of kitties we've been saving we've depleted our supplies. Our furry felines are in need of some of the following items to keep these cuties clean and happy. We are in need of
- Liquid hand soap (or replacement bottles)
- Cat litter (non clumping unscented)
- Dog treats/rawhides
- Canned kitten food
- Windex (or replacement bottles)
pls consider donating an item or two from our list and check out our Amazon wishlist at 😍🐾❤️🥰
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Alfa is really in need of a loving patient home with experience in training. He is absolutely the SWEETEST dog you'd meet he just needs to learn his manners - he's young enough to be taught and for sure smart enough... in fact he'd do well with someone who might want to take him to obedience/agility classes! We recommend no young/small kids because he is MOUTHY and gets super excited and doesn't quite know he's bigger than he is. He's not aggressive, but he gets super super excited and grabs your clothes so you'll continue to play with him.... Pls share Alfa's story and photo in hopes we can find these poor souls a loving new home 🙂

Fabio is just a baby 3-4 months old neutered male

and then we have some of our SMALLER furry friends... a guinea piggie and bunny.... come down and meet them 🙂
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