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You might think that your cat is untrainable—they are very stubborn creatures! But it is possible to train them to walk on a leash. Here's how!

Learn tips and tricks for leash-training your cat.

Yes, cats can walk on leashes. Training your cat to walk on a leash or harness comes with its advantages. Learn how to acclimate your adult cat or kitten to the process so you can get out there and enjoy nature together.

Cats are generally fastidious and clean, but what happens if your cat has a problem pooping outside of its litter box?

Do you love your cat? Consider teaching her to walk on a leash! Your cat will be safer, live longer, and have their senses stimulated by the great outdoors. Step-by-step instructions for success included!

With the right tools and attitude, you can teach your cat to sit on command. This is great for mental stimulation, a cool party trick, and growth in the relationship between you and your fluffy friend.

It is a cat's natural instinct to scratch. Your precious one doesn't care that it's your new couch getting scratched to shreds. There are ways to teach your cat to scratch in more appropriate places.

You can teach your cat to talk. If you are looking for information on how to teach your cat to do something truly awesome, this article is for you. Find out more about your cat's verbal communication and how they talk.

This article will help you teach your cats tricks, just as you would a dog!

Peeing in the house is one of the most common behavioral problems in cats. Learn how to stop it and get your cat back in the litter box!

Believe it or not, you can teach your cat to play fetch—it's not a game reserved just for dogs. Here are 6 easy steps to help you and your pet have fun.

Wood pellets, sometimes called wood stove fuel pellets or pellet fuel, can make a great replacement for regular cat litter and have many advantages over the traditional clay stuff. Find out why you might want to switch to pellet litter and how to do it.

In this article, I will provide step-by-step instructions on how to litter box train a stray cat and explain why this method works best.

Training your cat can help prevent behavioral issues. Working together, you'll come to better understand your cat's behavior, thus strengthening your bond.

Cats need their claws for many reasons, but climbing up your leg shouldn't be one of them. Find out how to stop your kitten from doing this early on, so it doesn't become a habit.


Cat College

You won't find a lot of group training sessions for cats, Sawchuk says. Not surprised?

"Cats don't do well in structured group environments," she says. "Dogs do well in training because they want to please their owners. Cats learn new behaviors for their own reasons, not because we want them to."

When it comes to training cats, homeschooling is the best option. Sawchuk suggests clicker training, a form of positive reinforcement that rewards cats for good behavior with a "click" from a miniature noisemaker, followed by a treat. Over time, cats learn which behaviors are reinforced and continue to model them.

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Since cats are stubborn, using non-physical negative reinforcement often works well. For example, placing cans of compressed air outfitted with motion detectors in places cats aren't welcome, such as countertops and furniture, will startle misbehaving felines, teaching them to avoid those areas.

And remember, cats need mental and physical stimulation. "Providing cat trees, scratching posts, and toys will help keep cats occupied and out of trouble."

Sources

Sandra Sawchuk DVM, clinical instructor, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.


Cat Training Program

A cat training course? Can you really train a cat? Can you eliminate problem cat behaviors? You sure can! Similar to dogs, cats can be trained if you understand cat behavior, cat psychology and communication. From litter box training to spraying to inappropriate biting, you’ll be taught the skills to become a certified cat trainer. Help enrich the lives of felines and their families as an Animal Behavior College Cat Trainer (ABCCT).

This also gives you the flexibility to set your own schedule and learn on your own time .

Our Cat Training Program offers the convenience of an online cat training course coupled with shelter experience and Pet First Aid and CPR Certification. If you’re interested in turning your love for cats into an animal career, enroll in our cat trainer program today. Learn more about our program by calling 800-795-3294.

Cat Trainer School Overview

Our Cat Training Program makes it possible to:


Introduce the Clicker

For clicker training to work, you must first load the clicker. This explains to the pet that the click sound means something wonderful will happen. Basically, you associate the sound (click) with the reward (treat or toy).

Sit down with the pet and a saucer full of tiny smelly treats, and begin to CLICK (toss a treat), CLICK (treat) CLICK (treat) as many times as the cat shows interest. If the cat prefers the toy, then you'll CLICK (offer the feather) CLICK (feather) CLICK (feather) and so on.

You’ll soon see the pet look at the treats (or toy) rather than the clicker when it makes the sound. Be aware that cats won't want to train for as long a period of time as dogs. Your feline may be done after only half a dozen repeats. Several very short training sessions are more beneficial than a single marathon event.


Cat Training Classes

Cat Massage Therapy

Who doesn’t love a great massage? Now you can learn to give your little prince or princess the extra pampering they deserve, as well as provide all the wonderful benefits that massage can offer. Not only does a massage increase the bond between you and your whiskered friend, but it can also help with relaxation, help your cat to learn to build trust, increase flexibility, make the coat shine and improve your cat’s overall sense of well-being. Grab a stuffed animal and join me for a fun, relaxing class as you learn the basic techniques that will have your favorite feline eating out of your hand!

Date: Thursdays, Please check back for future class!

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $10

Instructor: Katie Tontala

Why is My Cat Grumpy?!

We all dream of having one big happy family … and that includes our feline friends! When your cat is aggressive toward humans or to their furry siblings, it can be very upsetting and frustrating. Learn the reasons why your cat may be grumpy and how you can help manage the aggressive behavior.

This class is for people only. Please leave your cat companion at home.

Date: Sundays, Please check back for future class!

Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Tuition: $8 per person

Instructor: Katie Tontala

The Case of the Unused Litterbox

Become a Detective and Solve the Mystery!

Has your cat started to have accidents outside the litter box? Do you want to rip your hair out? Take a deep breath. Cats may stop using their litterbox for various reasons. The important thing to keep in mind is that most cats prefer to use their boxes. The fact that they have stopped is a clear indicator that something is going on with your cat. Please join us as we navigate the reasons why your cat doesn’t use the litterbox and we’ll offer some possible solutions for this very common issue.

This class is for people only. Please leave your cat companion at home.

Date: Please check back for future class!

Kitten Kare 101

This class would be a purr-fect match for those who currently own or are considering the adoption of a kitten. Topics covered include: nutrition, litter boxes, when to take your kitten to the vet, play, body language, grooming, scratching and enrichment. There will be a question and answer opportunity at the end of class and educational handouts will be provided.

This class is for people only. Please leave your cat companion at home.

Date: Please check back for future class!


How to Train Your Pet

Taming your first real pet comes at the end of a level 10 quest that you get from your hometown hunter trainer. I won't repeat all the steps of this quest here as it is simple, easy, and straightforward. Just be absolutely sure to do both parts of the quest. The first half consists of using a special taming rod to tame three types of creatures. After the first half, you learn the skill Tame Pet and you may be tempted to run out and tame a pet immediately. But the second half -- a simple delivery quest to your capital city, usually -- teaches you how to feed and train your new pet. Many new hunters run right out to tame a pet before they finish the second half of the quest, and then they are very sad indeed when their new pet runs away because they don't know how to feed it.

Training your pet can be confusing, so I will cover the basic concepts in depth on this page. If you are looking for a list of all the pet abilities in the game, or details on where to find these abilities, check out our abilities guide.

Some pets know a skill or two already when you tame them, but most pets need to be trained. In order to teach your pet a skill, you must first know it yourself. There are two ways for you to learn a pet skill: some skills you can learn from a pet trainer in town, and some skills you learn from taming creatures that know the skill.

Learning pet skills from the pet trainer is easy -- you just need to be high enough level and to pay some amount of money. Remember that you learn pet skills from the pet trainer, not the hunter trainer. Yes, your pet has a special trainer all of their own! But the pet trainer is usually very near the hunter trainer.

Here's the skills that you can learn from a pet trainer:

Most pet skills, however, are learned by taming a creature who already knows that skill. To learn a pet skill from the wild you need to stable your regular pet, go out and tame a pet that knows the skill you want, and fight with it until you get a text message that you have learned the new skill. Sometimes this happens immediately, sometimes only after several battles. Many hunters believe you can learn a new skill faster if you melee in close proximity to the animal you are learning from. I also feed the pet until it is "green/happy" though it is unknown whether that also helps. Once you have learned the new skill, it is safe to abandon the creature (unless you want to keep it as a permanent pet).

Here's the skills that you can learn from taming wild creatures:

If you have trouble learning a new skill from a wild pet, here are some suggestions:

  • Recheck the ability guide or, if you are level 24+, use Beast Lore on the creature to make sure that the wild animal you tamed actually knows this skill.
  • Turn off any other skill on its bar besides the one you want to learn, including Growl. You can only learn the skill when the animal uses it, so you want the skill to go off as often as possible.
  • For most skills, you will want to have the creature fight solo against very easy mobs. Stand directly next to it and heal it if necessary, but be careful about fighting the mob yourself -- you don't want to kill it before your pet has a chance to use his skill.
  • Continually manually spam the skill button for that skill. In fact, some skills such as Prowl and Furious Howl can be learned outside of combat. Just find a quiet place to sit with your pet and keep spamming the skill until you learn it.

Once you have learned a pet skill, you can teach it it any pet that you own so long as the pet is capable of learning that skill. Pets must be high enough level to learn the skills, and some skills can only be learned by certain families of pets. In addition, your pet must have enough training points available to afford the skill.

Pets gain training points based on their loyalty and level. The actual formula is (level)*(loyalty-1). This means that a Loyalty 6 Level 60 pet will have 300 training points total, and a Loyalty 6 level 70 pet will have 350 training points total. Pets of the same loyalty and level will have the same training points regardless of whether they were tamed at a low or high level. Pets may even start with negative training points if they already know some skills when they are tamed, but this works itself out as they level up or level up their Loyalty.

Most pet skills come in several ranks that get more powerful as they go. Your pet does not need to learn ranks in order, and you can bypass ranks if you wish. Your pet is refunded training points for lower ranks when you upgrade the rank of a skill, so it costs the same whether you train every rank of a skill or just the highest one. Pets can also untrain skills for a fee at the pet trainer, just like you can untrain your talents at the hunter trainer. This is important because while each pet can learn as many passive skills (armor, stamina, or resists) as they can afford, they can only learn up to FOUR active skills at once.

Incidentally, Growl can be trained for free even if the pet has 0 or fewer training points - which is quite nice, since it means that your pet can start helping out in combat immediately.

So now you know everything there is to know about training your pet -- except how to actually train your pet! This part is often confusing for young hunters because the icon for Beast Training is actually on the General tab of your spellbook and not, as you might expect, under Beast Mastery. It's the icon that looks like a slingshot. The helpful picture below, on the left, is a nice visual guide! Using this skill will open up a menu (pictured below on the right) that shows you all the pet skills you know -- either because you bought them from the trainer or because you learned them from a pet that knew them. Skills in grey are skills that your current pet already knows skills in green are skills he doesn't know, although this isn't any guarentee that he can learn that particular skill. When you select a skill in this menu, the details about it show up in the bottom pane. Here you can learn more about the skill and whether or not this pet can learn this skill. If he can, then pressing the Train button will spend the training points and teach your pet the selected skill.


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