02-20-2011, 06:10 PM
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Richmond, CA
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Since your pup is in his adolescence, he'll start exhibiting new behavior and testing limits and boundaries... and one of those tests is playing in different ways with pack members like your cat!
I'd recommend re-introducing them again. First, take the dog on a nice long walk to tire him/her out... then, introduce them to each other again like they're brand new. This is what we did with our dog/cat:
1. Cat is in her carrier, dog is on her leash. (the dog will stay on her leash until stated)
2. Go into a small room and close the door.
3. Feed the cat plenty of treats in the carrier, and allow the dog to sniff at her and get to know her smell and energy. Correct the dog if she starts whining or pawing.
4. If your dog knows "down", get her to lie down next to the kitty carrier. When she goes down and relaxes, reward her (whatever manner you choose, treats or affection, etc)
5. Open the grate/door of the kitty carrier and give the cat more treats.
5. The dog will likely get up now though, so let her sniff, and continue to correct any exuberant or exited energy or behavior.
6. Try to keep the dog "down" and relaxed again, that's the ultimate goal of this exercise. Reward when she does.
7. The cat will begin to creep out of the carrier, and the dog will become alert again. Continue to allow sniffing, and correct/reward. Don't let the dog move from her spot though - she can stand, sit, or lay down, but she doesn't get to move around or follow the cat.
8. When the cat finds a comfy spot and relaxes, allow the dog to calmly walk to her and sniff. Again, correct any excitement, and if she's straining at the leash, don't allow forward movement. She only gets to meet-and-greet if she's relaxed about it.
9. When the two animals are calm and relaxed around one another, now the dog gets to come off the leash. Allow her to do her thing... explore the room, sniff the cat, lay down at your feet, whatever. Any sign of excitement or play, the dog needs to be immediately corrected. If she doesn't take correction, she goes back on the leash and step 7 begins again.
10. The door of the small room stays closed so that the experience is controlled - it keeps all 3 of you in the moment. The cat can't run away when the going gets tough, and there aren't any outside influences (kids or housemates walking by) to cause distractions for the dog.
Also, I agree with Amavanna... watch the cat too, she might be enticing the dog into play and then running away when it becomes too much to handle. If that's the case, you'll need some cat (instead of dog) training tips =)