Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 17

Thread: I need help with my 3 month old puppy and house cats.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Victoria, Australia
    Posts
    605

    Default I need help with my 3 month old puppy and house cats.

    As soon a my puppy get inside she runs straight for the cats, she is not aggressive towards the cats but i noticed she does try to herd one of them. The other cat just runs and hides. I want to get her used to the cats so that she does not attack them or any cats outside but i do not want her over excitement to get the better of her. When she was younger i would take my cat outside for a walk around the backyard and would let her chase the cat around to play but obviously this is not the right thing to do. She's not an inside dog but i would like it if she did not go for them as soon as she gets in (by accident) even though i tell her to sit and stay each time i open the door to go in and out she doesn't stay in the sitting position for long.

    Just wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to get the animals used to each other even though they are not together all the time. The puppy is a kelpie by the way.

    Oh and also the cat is very calm around all other animals he tells her off with a few swipes on the face with no claws and the dog is always bowing down to the cat but still circles him like he is trying to herd him.

  2. #2

    Default

    I cant give you much advice with cats as we dont and could never have them, but I have a dog, who we suspect is part farm dog of some type (kelpie,. cattle etc) and she herds our other dogs around...I think it is very instinctive and would be hard to get out of them, in saying that, kelpies are very intelligent and with patience you can probably teach them anything...do you offer exciting treats when you are trying to entice him to stay away and not chase the cats....he needs to know that your more interesting and that if he can ignore the cats hell maybe get a good treat.......
    Help Alvin and Barkly Save dogs from death row :-) Please take a moment to go and vote for them here http://www.pawclub.com.au/Promotions...ote.aspx?id=14 So they can win and donate some much needed funds to Big Dog Rescue. THANKS AND WOOF!!

  3. #3

    Default

    Socialise her with the cat as much as possible over the next 4 weeks but don't let her chase the cat/bark at it etc. I would be using a time out if your pup bark or chases the cat. You need to teach the pup that cats are good to be around but they are not for playing with.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Logan, Brisbane QLD
    Posts
    806

    Default

    Molly was the same, she would run in full blown trying to play with the cats. A few good whacks to the nose with the claws out soon fixed that. Most of the time now she steers clear of them. There is the odd moment, when my mum's dog Rex (cattle dog) comes to stay when they think it's fun to "tag team" on one of the cats (i have 3) and usually i reprimand the both of them with a good telling off, so as long as you pull your pup up for it, she'll quickly learn. So no more letting her chase the cat around the backyard even if you think it's just playing because pup won't know any different.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Canberra
    Posts
    4,290

    Default

    I did some clicker training with my dog and our foster kittens when I got her. But didn't proceed as the kittens were so bomb proof they didn't seem to mind being chased as they came straight back to the dog. And in the end the dog just got a bit bored with it. If that wouldn't have been the case, I would have continued with the training though.

    I just put the dog on the lead and took her near the kittens when they were playing. The first time I did this I nearly put my back out because the dog didn't realise she was on the lead and lunged forward when a kitten ran past! But then she got the message and I clicked and treated when she stayed calm and didn't pull at the lead and I just followed the kittens around like that. Then I started adding the cue 'leave'. She now knows the 'leave' cue, but it only really works if I say it early enough.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Victoria, Australia
    Posts
    605

    Default

    Thank you everyone for the advice! It seems hard because when she see's the cat it's like sound goes right through her head. lol. Today when the cat was around i had to hold her down and tell her to stay. I might try the treat thing tomorrow. Thank you.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Southern NSW
    Posts
    3,784

    Default

    And you can always just put her on lead, until you have enough obedience to control her. It will help her to know she is under control. And do clicker training to teach her cats are OK and not there to chase. teach her to focus on you......
    You can also teach "wait"......or "place". Maybe it would be a good reward for her to be allowed inside if she is quiet and lies on a mat (place), when she misbehaves, just grab her by the collar, say nothing, no yelling, just nothing........Put her outside for a little while.Let her settle, bring her back in, if she is quiet, reward. if she chases, put her out again. And so forth. but remember, if she is lying there quietly, do not forget to reward the "good quiet". So many people only reprimand dogs and never reward when they are just being good......When my dogs lie around quietly, I often walk up to them with a treat or just give a quick pat and say "good quiet"...They now know what quiet is.
    Pets are forever

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Victoria, Australia
    Posts
    605

    Default

    Today i brought her in doors twice and made her pay attention to only me. I also locked her in my room with me for a while. Made her concentrate on playing fetch inside around the cats. she did do as i wanted but sometimes wandered off. she also has a habit of getting angry and nipping me alot and barring her teeth at me. I have been teaching her no ever since i got her when she tries to bite. But she hasn't got out of that habit. It's the hardest part that i'm trying to get rid of. lol.

  9. #9

    Default

    with one it was with cat round owner plays with me play and slo with cat meant treat = good with cats
    my girl was brout up with cats from 5 weeks old
    If you are reading this then you're doing just fine as to
    I'm not going to tell ya I lost the ' , . ? ! " Keys to my head
    No grammar no problem I don't know how to fly it any way Bye

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Victoria, Australia
    Posts
    605

    Default

    Well i don't know if she is barring teeth because her lips are only going up a little bit. but it does worry me.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •