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    Have you trained your pet(s)?

    Thought of this today as I sort of did this with my cat. I'm sure other cat owners can attest to this—sometimes he does nag a lot which is sometimes a little frustrating. It's always been hard to tell whether he wants feeding (though I try not to overfeed him), some playtime (so he doesn't get bored shitless) or to sit down and relax for a while. (Or whether there's another underlying problem.) Since he was a lil' kitty he's always wanted to lie on me as I sleep. I always thought he may have been taken from his mother too early, explaining his separation anxiety. So we're together a lot.

    Anyway, I figured if I said "food" in a certain tone when I'm carrying any he may learn the word through association. It sounds pretty ludicrous I know, but it works. It saves time as it's far easier to tell whether he's simply hungry or it's something else. I'd never guessed you could train a cat in any way.
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    We've taught our current doggo, Cooper basic commands like sit, stay, lie down, etc. But we've also taught him, or rather he taught himself, how to play a few little treat puzzle games.
    He also knows when I call home from work. My parents will say something, and he'll start barking and whining like crazy lol.

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    You can train most animals to some extent. Cats can be trained to use a human toilet, surprisingly.

    My dog is somewhat trained, but she is still a puppy so it's not clear what she has internalized and what she is just doing for treats yet.
    Our last dog is a complete mess because he was raised by my Mom and sister, neither of which attempted to train him in any way and he's just nuts.
    My first dog was a Pug and he was a genius. We didn't do any formal training with him, I think he was just naturally on the tip of the intelligence bell-curve. He could understand "go to the Kitchen", "get your leash" (he'd open the drawer and get it himself), frog, cat, dog, sit, lay down, paw, stay, come, go, and "go to the basement". There may have been more but it's been years and years. It wasn't so much the commands and tricks that were impressive as much as his saint-like behavior 99% of the time. He would patiently put up with children, being left home alone, nor would he pull on his leash when walking.

    The only problem was....he was an escape artist. My cousins had a pen for their Labrador, and we put him in there with her. He climbed on her dog house and somehow jumped from there onto their shed and then out. He could also climb chest-high chicken wire fences. It was really disturbing to watch a Pug climb something vertically. Dogs' arms don't really bend outwards at the elbows like ours do, so watching him climb always had a Silent Hill-esque vibe to it.
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    My dogs are both trained to do the basic dog things but my cats are surprisingly better trained than they are. My older cat is trained to sit, give his paw, walk on a harness, take a bath (yes, I bathe my cats lol), and he knows how to beg for food though he learned that from the dogs. My younger cat will meow for food, sit, give his paw, sit up on his hind legs, rollover, and follow you when you ask him to. Cats learn the easiest from watching other cats do things for rewards. I adopted him last year at the age of two and he learned to give his paw and sit for his food in the first week. Recently, I attempted to see if he would give his paw to be pet and he learned that in 3 minutes. I think he is very eager to please people which is rare for a cat but he came from an abusive home.

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    Our last dog who just deceased recently didnt need nearly any training. He was very calm and obeyful by nature.
    The new one is a troublemaker in comparison. I thought of consulting a dogschool because of him beeing so obstinate at times.
    I believe this will solve itself after some time.

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