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Old 04-13-2011, 04:41 PM
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Question Lunging at the cat

Coconut is ok with the cat if she's far away from her. She does this weird yelp/lunge thing though, when the cat gets too close. I'm not sure if I should be doing anything else when she lunges (we've been turning her away from the cat when she does it)? Or maybe just move her away from the cat when the cat is too close (she's done it 3 times now when the cat is about a foot away for longer than a few seconds)? We've been treating her for being calm around the cat, but she wasn't taking any food when I took the video at lunch time (in general for anything, not because of the cat).

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Does she play with noise also? Given that fixated stare id wager she wants to play with the cat... Or eat it. Lolz. I dont see any fear there. We have a dog we "sit" and he does that too aside from the noise.
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I'm not sure what you mean by play with noise?
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Is she a talker? A noisy dog


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LOL. No, she is very quiet so far. The only time she's barked is at the cat and in the backyard at a noisy kid once. She whines a little when we first put her in the bathroom, but quiets down after less than a minute. I'm actually surprised at how quiet she is. Of course, it's only the third day.

I'm sure if she actually tried to eat the cat, she'd get more hurt than the cat at this point. The cat is like twice her weight. LOL.
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The silence is worrying. :P Just kidding. I think she'll be OK with the cat with time since she's so young. She's also so small, she's easy to handle, and the cat has been getting a bit more bold.
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Any more thoughts on this would be helpful. While the cat is getting a bit more bold, so is the puppy. Coconut is always watchful for the cat now, and as soon as she spots Pineapple, it takes her about 5 seconds of focused starting before she's barking and lunging. We've tried distracting the staring and blocking her, but she ignores toys and treats works about 20% of the time. Obviously she is on a leash, so she doesn't get the chance to chase, but I think she just likes seeing the cat run when she barks. Can we do anything else at this point, or do we just need to wait until she is eating more treats so that we can do some clicker work?
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Most people are probably not going to agree with this but I would let her go see the cat the next time she acts like that, just make sure the cat sees her so she doesn't get surprised. I think the best thing to make her respect the cat is to let the cat show her whats acceptable and what's not. I know not all cats would do that so sometimes you do have intervene but I think seeing what happens one time is a good idea, you might be pleasantly surprised.
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Sorry. Been mulling this over. Does the cat have a tree or a room thats hers? Can they meet offleash with the cat up high or behind a barrier?

Whats the cats personality like?

The only thing that worries me about letting the cat just let the dog have it is cat bites are soooo infectious and it may not work

I wish i had first hand experience with this the dog/cat dynamic here has been peaceful
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First, an LOL -- at first glance I read your title as "Lunging the cat" and, as a horse person, I had quite the mental image and couldn't figure out WHY you would want to do that.
As to the issue -
I use high value treats, keep the dog on a leash and just work, work, work. If I have a "leave it" already on the dog, I will use that command, but if/when we have had dogs come into the house that don't have that down yet I can't really just wait to teach that first as the cats are everywhere and it has to be addressed.
I do not allow them to 'have at it'. The advantage I have is that when a new dog comes into my house I generally have them tethered to me/under my control for the first several days and this gives me plenty of opportunity to work on the cat issue. We have multiple cat trees in our home as well as rooms/areas that are only accessible to the cats, these definitely come in handy.
I start at a distance and work our way up. ANY time the dog remotely sees, or even hears at first, the cat(s) it is treated. I build the association of "see the cat" and look to mom for a treat - which helps break the "see a cat, chase it". The leash/tether comes in handy if/when the dog just can't do it, not for correction, but for control.
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