A dog should always learn new techniques, commands or new behaviors only in a calm and relaxed state. Massage therapy helps.
Dogs give definitive signals whenever they are stressed, tense, anxious, fearful, panicked, defensive or feel threatened. Best to know the signs.
If your cat has spent a lot of time outdoors, is it possible to transition him/her to an indoor life?
Communication with your dog is an essential element before beginning any type of training or introducing any new behavior.