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Old 02-12-2011, 12:22 PM
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Won't leave cat alone

I am having trouble finding a post about my situation, so I apologize if this is a repeat question.

I have a one year old dog that will not leave the cat alone. My cat is very friendly and outgoing. He always tries to hang out in the same room as us. Lately, my dog Gwenny, has been trying to play with cat too rough. It was never this bad before so I never addressed the problem. The dog and cat used to wrestle on the floor gently with each other. My cat seemed to always enjoy it. But now that the dog is bigger and stronger, she is being too rough. They do have spontanious moments of licking and kissing. But that rarely happens now. What would the best training approach be for this? i would like them to be able to co-exist in the same room together without the dog constantly wanting to play.
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:08 PM
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Have you taught the dog a "leave it" command in regards to other things yet? If so, that apply that same command to the cat. If not, time to teach that command and then use it for/with the cat.
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I would start leashing him and when they start to play allow it but when he gets too rough say "go easy" or "play nice" and if he responds then let them be if he does not reel that pup in like a fish and make him laydown. If the cat comes to him let them play again if the cat dosent give him two minutes to settle down then give him his release command to play. This will take some time but with some consistency he will begin to realize when I get to rough I can't play anymore.

My daughter isn't a cat but this is basically how I deal with lela when she starts playing to rough..if I hear an "ouch" out of my daughter I tell Lela to go easy and play nice if she listens I let them be, if she decides she still wants to rough house, I have her laydown on her bed and my daughter ignore her ..eventually after a while she brings a toy to play with as if to say "ok let's play with this instead of wrestling " and then I allow them to continue.

Oh also pay attention to the cat too..cats are devilish little feinds lol. She could be teasing and kinda instigating her to play rough then can't handle it when it goes to far. I had a cat that done that along time ago.

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Old 02-12-2011, 02:26 PM
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Give your cat an escape route where the pup cannot follow. That could be a kitty tower or a narrow doorway etc. Puppy will find out that if she's too rough, the kitty leaves.

It may be that the kitty does not mind as much as you think though. We had a cat who would invite the dogs to play and they would be very rough. Meanwhile the cat would be purring while he was held to the ground with the dog's mouth around his head. Seriously! It looked rough, but the cat was happy with it and truly was always in charge. He could call a halt to the activity if he wanted and was always outsmarting the dogs. The cat would control the dogs with a strategic "bat" with a paw. He never needed to use his claws though. The dogs respected him. Too bad we lost that cat to the woods last summer. Best kitty ever.
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Thank you for your suggestions. Gwen does know the leave it command but doesn't listen when it comes
To the cat. He definitely Does tease her at times and has a place to escape. We also have a lot of high up places for the cat to go. So maybe the cat doesn't mind it so much. Still, I would like Gwen to listen when I tell her to leave cat alone..lol. Tess, sorry to hear about your cat.
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Train the cat with the dog. I know it sounds nuts and, odds are the cat will learn very slowly but, have the cat there when you train. Click and treat both when you treat the dog. Try to get the cat to sleep in the dog's bed, share a bowl of food, etc.. Teach the dog that the cat is also a part of the pack that is your family and is an equal to the dog.

Instinctively, a canine will not hurt it's pack equals. yes they squabble, hiss/growl at one another at times, but as equals neither wins and the dog will, in time give the cat it's due respect.

I have a wolfdog that live, even eats and sleeps with a cat, no problems but, that is because they are equal pack members in the wolfdog's mind.
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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 =)
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