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Old 04-16-2011, 10:44 AM
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One thing I want to comment on, I could possibly be alone here, I would stop petting her when she is staring if you know that end reaction will likely come. Petting is reinforcing the staring and in turn the end reaction. At least thats what we do in my house. When one of the dogs is staring at the other we stop making physical contact and most the time it ends it. Other times we have to break the tension.

Do you guys have a baby gate? Maybe one person could play with the cat on one side and the other can CC with the pup on the other?
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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?
She has both. The puppy doesn't seem to notice her on the tree (she is very still when she's near the puppy). As soon as the puppy barks, she takes off. If we have them both in her room, I worry the puppy will bark non-stop and be crazy and the cat will just hiss and spit because it can't get away. The puppy is pretty focused when it's thinking about the cat.

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Whats the cats personality like?
The cat loves being around us and sitting on our laps, but she runs from the puppy whenever it barks. She will get fairly close out of curiosity until the puppy barks.

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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'.
Thanks, leave it is a good idea.
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One thing I want to comment on, I could possibly be alone here, I would stop petting her when she is staring if you know that end reaction will likely come. Petting is reinforcing the staring and in turn the end reaction. At least thats what we do in my house. When one of the dogs is staring at the other we stop making physical contact and most the time it ends it. Other times we have to break the tension.
Thanks, we'll start doing that (or stop...).
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Do you guys have a baby gate? Maybe one person could play with the cat on one side and the other can CC with the pup on the other?
We do, the problem is she isn't really taking treats still, so we can't do much CC with her. I was thinking of maybe treating the situation like a dog reactive dog, since I understand that process, but the puppy still is only eating the soft food and only when she's really hungry.

Thanks, everyone!
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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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I didn't really think the cat would bite but I guess it's possible. We had a cat when I was little and he just gave the dogs a couple bops on the nose and then the dogs knew if you don't want to get bopped give the cat his space and everyone lived peacefully. But that was the only time I've had experience with cats and dogs living together so maybe that's not the norm. Plus my dog Zack liked cats so he would try to mother them instead of chase them.
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what a silly little girl! My chihuahuas eat to the point that I have to stop them lol
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I know, we just discovered that she really likes these jerky treats to the point of ridiculousness, so we did some training with the cat and those treats, but she ignores other treats. Today she has only eaten the BB canned puppy when she was really hungry (she skipped breakfast). I didn't think she was food picky, but she's definitely getting more energy and is interested in really high value food, so I'm starting to wonder.
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hmmmmmm maybe she isnt interested in the BB? Which formula of theirs are you feeding her?
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The BB canned puppy is whitefish (weird, I thought). For the kibble, we tried the lamb/oatmeal puppy. One of the treats she doesn't like is also BB chicken. Another treat she sort of likes was salmon. Maybe she only likes beef?
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Ok, so she is eating the kibble fine right now as treats (getting treats for laying down and being calm). I think Crio may be right that I'm just not used to how little she eats, and it might also be a combo of recovering from surgery. Ugh, I'm so paranoid about new pets. I'm glad we didn't go back to the vet. I think I took Cannon to the vet 3 times is first 2 weeks with us.
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No worries, we've all been there, you should have seen me the first couple of months with Esme, I was like a severely over protective mom and I get the worried about the eating thing. I'm still trying to get used to how little Chloe should eat.
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I didn't really think the cat would bite but I guess it's possible. We had a cat when I was little and he just gave the dogs a couple bops on the nose and then the dogs knew if you don't want to get bopped give the cat his space and everyone lived peacefully. But that was the only time I've had experience with cats and dogs living together so maybe that's not the norm. Plus my dog Zack liked cats so he would try to mother them instead of chase them.
I guess Im imagining the worst case scenario, when my cat bit me, I was breaking up a dog/cat "fight" and he thought he was biting the dog (not my dog btw). I tend to think of the worst tho.




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Ok, so she is eating the kibble fine right now as treats (getting treats for laying down and being calm). I think Crio may be right that I'm just not used to how little she eats, and it might also be a combo of recovering from surgery. Ugh, I'm so paranoid about new pets. I'm glad we didn't go back to the vet. I think I took Cannon to the vet 3 times is first 2 weeks with us.

Yeah, I've had to cut kibble into quarters to train tippy, its too fast otherwise...this is a one meal ration for her



and shes 7-9lbs...so yours may just be topped off Cannon probably ate more because he was go go go go go all the time.


they are cheap keepers, thats for sure.



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