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    What about claiming ownership of the cat? Letting pup know your the cats protector. I did this thing with my Maxi when he was really annoying my sisters older dog. Just put myself between the two dogs and didn't let maxi near the older dog, after a few barks and jumps around he gave up and went off to play else where.

    the other thing I did was play sit for a treat, with the three pets, cat and dogs, the one who sat nicely got a treat. They all loved this game and Maxi got an education that being silly don't get nothing.
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    I agree with above, I'd reward for good calm behaviour around the cat. Looking calmly and not chasing the cat = reward.

    I had to do this with my male Whippet when my Borzoi pup arrived, he just didn't like him at all and was prepared to charge and bite him. So at first he was crated and given rewards, then he came out of the crate and was kept distracted by treats, slowly just getting used to this very large pup being around. Next he was rewarded if the pup was allowed to sit down next to him and so on and so on. They went on to become great mates.

    A leash is what gives you control, distance has to also be picked carefully or the cats presence may override the treat. I find with most things like this I have to set up training, or set aside time for training so that your prepared to carry things thru until you get a breakthru.

    Some dogs need plenty of time for the 'shine' of the cat wears off, others never get past it. I know bringing a cat in on my adult dogs would end up in the death of the cat, but they are sight hounds. I've just rehomed a rescue Whippet that wanted to kill the family cat, brought in on the dog at 2yo when she's used to hunting rabbits on the property. Yet I've got puppies living very successfully with cats.

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    She is a jrt x chihuahua - she looks like a chihuahua but she is all terrier, with a strong prey drive - if it moves she will chase it.

    The cats have given her smacks - they have been very patient and never used claws, but I once seen the big male give her a thump that made her brain rattle! She doesn't really learn, though. Sometimes the cats will reach down from a table and give her a smack, I think just for their own enjoyment!

    A lot of the time they live peacefully together - a few times I've seen Pip sniffing around the garden right next to a dozing cat and sometimes the cats pass by and she will ignore them (always lots of praise when she does that), but if the cat runs, she will chase it.

    If I am in the room, if I get there before the excitement gets too much, a sharp no will get her attention, but she seems to know when I have my hands full and can't stop her. I will stand between her and the cat until she calms down or walks away - it works for a few mins.

    I sometimes think it's all an act - the cats don't seem too stressed and when I'm not looking, or when they can't see me, they seem to co-exist ok. I think they are trying to make a monkey outta me

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    Also make sure you are not yelling, if you yell sometimes you will actually stop the cat from having a swipe at the dog, which could be enough to stop the dog in it's tracks or cause the cat to run making it a prime target for the dog.

    You have to let the cats get the upper hand while you are around so you know they will be all right when you're not.

    I take it the dog didn't grow up with the cats? Terriers are feisty little things and for that matter so can Chi's, my mums is a good little ratter.

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    I was told by her foster carer that she had been around cats since they had her as a very small pup with her mum and brother. I've since had a few run in's with the rescue group involved and I'm not sure how truthful they were. Let's just say, I won't be recommending them to anyone I know.

    She is a very high energy little dog (another thing about the rescue, I think they may have over estimated how much chihuahua is in her) I just got back from an hour long walk and she has spent 15 mins running up and down the house. She will settle for a few hours now, but I will have to bring her out again this evening. When I was looking for a dog, I was looking for a low energy 30 min walk a day kind of dog and I had told this to the rescue.

    I have since seen that many of their trial dogs go back to them after the 2 weeks is up - I think this is because they don't take the time to match the dog to the family, they just try and stick them in to any home they can find. They are also rather rude and aggressive to people, so not a nice experience.

    Anyway- Pip's home is with us now, crazy or not. She and the cats are just gonna have to come to some sort of truce

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    Best of luck with it all, hope they all settle with time. Rescue certainly sounds like they don't know their dogs. The disadvantage of ones that can't get their dogs out into foster care to assess them in a home environment.

    Sounds like she also needs a good daily brain drain along with the physical.

    Also my Setter reacts to certain diets with hyperactivity. Perhaps a change in diet could help your dog?

    Again good luck.

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    Thats the annoying thing, MAC, she was with a foster carer for over 8 weeks - they should have known. They had her mum there too. I think they just told me what I wanted to hear.

    I am going to get her into some sort of group, maybe agility, I think she would love that. I am also gonna get her a sand pit - she is a digger, so she will enjoy that. I will get the clam shell one, fill one side with water and the other with sand. Hmm, best make sure I close the cat flap - not a good day to come home to a sandy wet dog on your furniture!

    Diet wise, she gets raw turkey mince and veggies. She also has optimum puppy kibble - I know it's not the best in the world, but its what I can afford right now. I will see about getting her on all home made food soon - I worry about her missing out on nutrients that she gets from the puppy food.

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    Sounds like your on the right track. Some dogs just have high energy. I have Whippets so to me everything else has high energy ). Anything with terrier in their name I avoid like the plague.

    For a while there I tried a brand of food that was just middle of the range and got my first reaction ever to a diet, the hyperactivity, so that's why I put it out there now, had heard about reactions to diets but this was the first time I'd seen it with my own eyes, but it's not to say that's whats up with your girl.

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    I'm using the BARF patties for my Saluki (because I'm lazy) and he looks amazing, I was having trouble adding weight to him, the more I tried the further backwards he went. Then I stopped trying to pump fat into him and settled on a good diet of the patties and some canidae biscuits and some protexin powder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asrais View Post
    I was told by her foster carer that she had been around cats since they had her as a very small pup with her mum and brother. I've since had a few run in's with the rescue group involved and I'm not sure how truthful they were. Let's just say, I won't be recommending them to anyone I know.

    She is a very high energy little dog (another thing about the rescue, I think they may have over estimated how much chihuahua is in her) I just got back from an hour long walk and she has spent 15 mins running up and down the house. She will settle for a few hours now, but I will have to bring her out again this evening. When I was looking for a dog, I was looking for a low energy 30 min walk a day kind of dog and I had told this to the rescue.

    I have since seen that many of their trial dogs go back to them after the 2 weeks is up - I think this is because they don't take the time to match the dog to the family, they just try and stick them in to any home they can find. They are also rather rude and aggressive to people, so not a nice experience.

    Anyway- Pip's home is with us now, crazy or not. She and the cats are just gonna have to come to some sort of truce

    LOL bugger about the energy requirements. Must be something in the name.

    Pippi is a foxy/shih x and she is full on. We take her out running with the biker for a half hour - full blat - and she could go for at least an hour I reckon.

    Its funny too, coz shes got the short stubby little shih legs so I have no idea how she even keeps ip LMAO

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