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Old 03-29-2012, 06:41 PM
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My cat and I cant take much more....

Please I really dont know what to do but my puppy will not leave my cat alone at all!

Alittle background if you dont know...I have a 2 year old Siamese that has pretty much ran the house since I got him, for a Siamese he is not vocal at all, he just meows when im feeding him. I have a 3 month old Cocker pup... and she will not leave the cat alone...she chews on him like he is a toy and my cat just sits there and meows and meows and doesnt retaliate even though he has all of his claws... if he wanted to he could do some major damage (Another thing im worried about, I dont want her to claw her eye or something) My cat has plenty of things to get out of the reach of the puppy, including a 6 foot cat condo. When I bring the puppy outside for potty, the instant we get inside she is bolting for the cat...and I mean EVERYTIME! I cant seem to distract her no matter how hard I try... I have two toddler daughters that I am also constantly attending to.

I dont want to think that I got in over my head with getting a puppy, but this is getting rediculous and I dont want to have to get rid of either one of them, but something has to change, the constant screams coming from my cat is just.... uggh! Ya know? What do I do!?
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:49 PM
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Keep them separate most of the time.
Put the puppy on a leash so she cannot chase the cat.

The puppy will grow up.

This is a management issue, and probably not the hardest one you will face with a puppy.

Have you read the books I recommended?
"Puppy Primer" by Patricia McConnell and
the Ian Dunbar book "Before and After Getting your puppy"

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Puppy is too young to be set down loose in the house when you get back from potty. She should have a small area of the house gated off to confine her.

management, management, management.
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Its really fun to chase the cat.
So don't set things up so she can do that.
You don't have to punish her for chasing the cat, you need to PREVENT her from having the opportunity to chase the cat.

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I would feel kind of bad confining her as she had been in the kennel part of the day already... she would probably cry and bark and what not... how is that going to help her though because at any point she is not in there she would chase the cat?

Also, she has started nipping, and I dont mean just a little play nibble, but when she nibbles and you pull your hand away or push her face away she comes back with a snap and growl... is that going to lead to aggressive behavior, or is that aggressive behavior? I tried the loud "ouch" noises in high pitch, that does absolutely nothing to stop her....

I hope she isnt gonna be a mean dog, I love the cocker spaniel breed and I was hoping to prove everyone wrong about their "supposed" bad temperments.. I just want the best doggie possible lol

And no I havent read those books yet
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I just dont know how some people can have these dogs and do absolutley no training whatsoever and have picture perfect pooches that listen and dont bite or wreck anything..stay in the yard and all this other stuff and then people like me have such a hard time when im trying to train her ...
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Do a site search for "puppy biting" and you will get lots of advice and videos on how to handle that, which incidentally is very normal stuff.

Really, I do not know what to say to convince you about the management thing. Indeed as you give her too much freedom too soon she is simply developing all sorts of bad habits you will then have to train her out of.

Overall it sounds like the pup needs more exercise outside with you tossing a toy or having her run and play In the yard. Tired puppies are good puppies!

If you do nothing else, look at the kikipups videos on you tube, and start training her twice a day for five minutes. You will build a foundation from which to produce the well behaved dog you want. Ten minutes a day... Surely you can find that, yes?

Just like kids, a puppy needs s bit of teaching. The pup is to going to raise herself, or learn to do what you want by just being left to run around and get into trouble.
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I did some google searching on the biting and got some good advice there, I agree that she needs some more exercise time although the weather here has been horrible the last 5 days and its been hard to keep her outside for very long. I toss the ball or rope indoors for awhile though until my kids get mad that im not paying attention to them lol
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We have a puppy playdate scheduled for this Saturday where she will get to play with two of her littermates, pretty excited for that, I bet she will have a blast and be tired out the whole day after all that fun! She gets her boosters, rabies and her heartworm and flea/tick meds tomorrow morning, not that that really has anything to do with what we are talking about but.. yeah haha
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You won't always have to manage the behavior, just while you are training it (like potty training). If you work with her on it daily, it will take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months for her to learn. If it's helpful, here is the thread I started regarding getting a cat and dog to get along.

https://www.dogforum.com/puppy-help/lunging-cat-11689/
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