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Ges I cant spel 2 gud. Maybe I'm the one that needs "healing". One concern I have about using treats ... the dog park on the weekends, but lack of exercise surely is a part of the weight problem. Thank you.

You can buy things like "ham ends" or "cheese ends" cheaply at the supermarket deli and cut them up into teeny tiny pieces.
I don't agree. I always make Holly sit for a biscuit, not because I feel she must "earn" it, but because it makes the ritual more fun for her. She loves those situations where she knows exactly what she is supposed to do.

I really agree with you here. I, well, I've been getting lazy on training, but I've been clicker training my cat. And I think she really appreciates it. It gives her and me something to do where we know what is expected of both of us. Sometimes, as cats are wont to do, which is almost all the time, she is getting bored and wants to do something, but not sure exactly.
So when I train her, she comes on demand. She can also sit but I've forgotten to reinforce that. It's also hand to have a cat come on demand. Supposedly they are not trainable, but it "ain't so."
I don't agree. I always make Holly sit for a ... where she knows exactly what she is supposed to do.

I really agree with you here. I, well, I've been getting lazy on training, but I've been clicker training my ... that. It's also hand to have a cat come on demand. Supposedly they are not trainable, but it "ain't so."

I have seen some clever performing cats on TV. They seem to be trainable, but I don't think they can't be made reliably obedient as dogs can.
I have been training my cat and dog to play together. I throw the toy across the room, and the cat leaps out and whacks at the dog with his paws as she attempts to retrieve it. Then I throw the toy again and the dog pretends to be afraid to get it, so I have to walk over to it with her... but it doesn't work! The cat attacks anyway. Then he stops and touches her nose with his nose.
It probably doesn't count as training, but it provides some of the same benefits to the animals intellectual stimulation and a coherent role to play.
Anyway, I think Donaldson's approach to lead training makes a lot of sense. Jerry believes in verbal and visual affirmation instead of food treats, which is fine, but it makes for a damn slow walk if you are lead training.
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I really agree with you here. I, well, I've been ... demand. Supposedly they are not trainable, but it "ain't so."

I have seen some clever performing cats on TV. They seem to be trainable, but I don't think they can't ... with her... but it doesn't work! The cat attacks anyway. Then he stops and touches her nose with his nose.

You have the understanding here. Look up "Clicker Training." This might be a way to get the cat to behave more toward your liking although it sounds pretty good the way it is now.
Those cats, if Friskies little cat circus, are clicker trained, that is,
the trainers have some wet food, soft plastic baby spoons (so the cat does not break teeth in excitement) and little clickers.

Clicker training with food is probably quicker, for leash training. They've used it for lions and tigers, so it'll probably work for most pets. There are some Yahoo groups with clicker training and some web sites. The clicker is like a little toy party thing, sold in many pets stores.
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