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    Default Miley Hates Precious

    Miley has been really timid and not herself the past few days.
    I guess she realises that Precious is here to stay and she's not accepting the fact.

    When she see's Precious she barks and runs straight to her and Precious's hackles go up and she hisses.
    Then once we put Precious back in Jessica's room, Miley continues to bark for another 5 minutes before calming down and then sits under the desk and looks depressed.

    How do I introduce them properly and help them form a bond? Ollie is fine (pretty much ignores her) but Miley is simply not coping. I have to keep Precious in Jessica's room unless the dogs are outside.

    I mentioned to Jess that we may not be able to keep her and she won't hear of it. I don't know what to do.

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    How old is Miley? Did you get her before or after Ollie?
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    I've had Miley (she is 3 and a half) for around 5ish months and Precious for 11 days.
    Ollie for over a year.

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    Precious is a kitten BTW

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    Yeah I know. But I wanted to know if Miley had to deal with Ollie coming into the house, which she obviously didn't.
    I vote for give it time.
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    Do you think I should just keep Precious in Jessica's bedroom when Miley is inside or should I kind of force them to get used to each other?

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    My usual way of introducing dog to cat and cat to dog is the following:

    First I introduce them to an item of each others, with the smell on it, (I usually put it in their bed). Then I do the door ever so slightly open thing - like you would introducing two cats to each other. I do this very slowly and I'm calm and happy while they are checking each other out through the door. Once they're happier with that (usually takes 2-3 days depending on how many times they're shown each other through the door over those days) then I put a crate/baby gate across the door and open it further again so they can see each other fully but they can't get to one another.

    I've never had problems doing it this way, perhaps it may work for you?

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    I will try it that way thanks AGB!!!

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    Pugger, as long as Miley can't jump over a baby gate and Precious CAN jump over it (or can squeeze between the bars), I'd second AGB's method. That way they can glare at each other through the baby gate! No, really, it means that Precious can come into the living room when she wants, but has a safe place to escape to should Miley decided to run at her. Although you would want to avoid any chasing.

    If Precious comes in, put Miley in a sit or drop and praise her when she acts calmly and politely around the cat.

    Miley might be feeling a bit left out with Precious coming into the household, without meaning to often new arrivals do get the extra attention. Perhaps a bit more one on one time with Miley, like an extra walk, or a few minutes extra playtime might help?

    I hope things settle down for you with them, it might just take a bit of time.

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    Yeh I think Miley is more put off with the fact that she knows she's been roaming around the house but has never gotten to see her doing it. I think she just wants to get to know her (well I hope).

    I don't have a baby gate though Should I use Ollies crate? Miley may really crack it if I use hers.

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