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Me and my partner recently got ourselves a lovely kitten that's 8 weeks old, wormed and vaccinated. We did think it through because of having 2 dogs already. Both which already get along with my nans cat and always have. We slowly begun introducing them on neutral ground and the female jack Russell X chihuahua gets along fine with the kitten, however my purebred jack Russell, during his meeting with the kitten, my mother made it a negative experience by freaking out when ace (dog) got a little playful and jumped at the kitten to play bow in front of it, an action he does to the other cat even though she has no interest.

But basically after my mums freak out, grabbing ace and smacking him (which we had quite a fight about, I don't smack my pets) now whenever ace sees the kitten he goes into attack mode. A muzzle just made him angrier, he's never muzzled because we don't have issues with aggression he's well socialised. I put him with the other cat and he was still fine, still plays with the rabbit through the cage, only showing aggression to the new kitten.

Right now we are introducing them with the cat in a carrier and ace on a leash as we don't want to risk the kittens safety on chance. (Ace has a mighty powerful lunge, has broken several collars)

I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions how to help ace accept the new kitty in the house and realise that it's not bad, I would love for both dogs and kitten to get along the way they do with the other cat. (My mum is no longer involved at all in the process haha still angry at her.)

Sorry it's so long just wanted to provide detail for accurate answers.
 

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But basically after my mums freak out, grabbing ace and smacking him (which we had quite a fight about,
Sorry it's so long just wanted to provide detail for accurate answers.
Well your Mom made the kitten the enemy. Now you will have to fix it by convincing your JRT that the kitten is a good positive thing. Every time the Jrt looks at the kitten give the pup a treat. Keep him on a leash and let the kitten roam around treat the pup when he looks at the kitten but stays calm.
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Thanks for the reply :) yea it's highly unfortunate that my mother put that in him, I worked really hard on his training but she seems to always be reversing that.
I try to treat him, but calm and ace don't really go well together haha, he's such a high energy dog, and the one time I did get him calm, my mum barged in and set him off again. I know it's going to take time, I just want to make it a pleasant experience for all animals
 

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You said if he sees the kitten, I wonder if for now if you just let him sniff the kitten through a door, so the kitten on one side of a door and your dog and yourself on the other and then treat him for good behaviour and work up to him being able to see the kitten again.
 
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