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    Question 9 weeks old & terrified of cats

    Hey guys,
    I have a new Rottweiler baby & he is terrified of my cats. They haven't hurt him, they just ignore him but if one is standing in a door way or approaches him he will start whimpering with his tail between his legs. He's already bigger than all 3 of my cats.
    Is this something he will get over after time or are there any ways i can help him overcome his fear?


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    "Look mum, not scared anymore "
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    Hugo (cat) is not overly impressed that he has to share he's couch with Boss :P
    Last edited by Tam; 02-08-2012 at 07:36 AM. Reason: Picture added

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    Fairly normal for a young pup to be frightened of something new.

    Get some yummy food treats and reward him for being even in the same room as the cats. Don't force him to go close to the cats just reward him for going into the same room as them to start off with, and then as he explores closer reward him for that, leave treats on the floor a little way towards the cat and let him go and eat them in his own time, and just slowly help him work his way closer and closer to the cats. Never force him though and if he decides to walk away, let him and repeat the exercise another time.

    What you are doing is classically conditioning him. Near the cats = yummy food and other good things.
    He will get more and more used to them over time and eventually he probably won't leave their side in the hopes he will get a reward

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    Thanks for the advice
    He's only been here a few days so they are very new to him. Now that the cats have figured out they have the control they seem to be sleeping in doorways or next to his water on purpose.. (-.-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tam View Post
    Thanks for the advice
    He's only been here a few days so they are very new to him. Now that the cats have figured out they have the control they seem to be sleeping in doorways or next to his water on purpose.. (-.-)
    Cats are evil like that

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    I have cats too and my Labs used to act crazy seeing them. They become restless. But later on, everything went well. They're now good buddies.

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    It may be a good thing for him to start out frightened, and develop that into a healthy respect for the cats. Much easier to live with than a boisterous, I want to rough house with them attitude which can be too rough when an adult.

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    He is getting better now, he is atleast staying in the same room at them now

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    Yay for Boss! Keep up the good work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tam View Post
    Thanks for the advice
    He's only been here a few days so they are very new to him. Now that the cats have figured out they have the control they seem to be sleeping in doorways or next to his water on purpose.. (-.-)
    Our big ginger tomcat used to that with my old dog. The dog had only stopped chasing the cat because he beat her up. So she would not dare pass close to him and he would sit at the top of the stairs or in the doorway taunting her very often.

    Glad he is getting over his fear a bit.

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    Boss is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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