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Old 01-11-2014, 12:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Puppy and older cat problem

Hi everyone,

I'm new here, and new to raising a German Shepherd pup! We have had Zelda for a couple of weeks now (she's 10 weeks) and I also have a 13 year old cat. Zelda loves to bite (normal from what I've read on this forum) and while we're working on her biting us humans (by redirecting to toys, walking away and ignoring, and I'm also exploring clicker training for when I'm patting her) I'm at a loss as to how to stop her biting my cat. My cat doesn't fear her, he walks around the room and does his thing, but she does like to annoy him and bite til he cries out in pain and hits her. And of course if he runs she chases him and bowls him over. My vet suggested time out when she bites him, but considering my vet also told me to hold Zelda down and make her submit cos she's too dominant, I'm a bit wary to take her advice. And just FYI, we will not be forcing her to submit or any such nonsense.

Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

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