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Old 12-02-2012, 05:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well they don't have to get along, I'd be super happy if they ignored each other TBH. Cat was here first, dog came 2 weeks ago (9 months old). When we got her we were told she was sweet with cats and just ignores them...umm thats not happening here lol.

As soon as she spots the cat she goes completely insane! I've been trying to get them to meet (don't want the cat stressed out as we love her very much) so they can sniff each other, the cat is up for that but the dog just can't contain herself. She whines, barks and lunges and starts spinning around. When she's outside (the dog) she goes nuts running from window to window around the yard to look in the windows. I'm sure she just wants to play with the cat but she's scaring the crap out of her and this can't go on.

So what would you do? I've tried leash correction, water spray and telling her to leave it and none work when she's in this frenzy. Tried rewarding her when shes good but that goes out the window when she gets close enough. Would it be too soon to try a shock collar? what else is there to try? Or do I just keep trying what I'm already doing? (when we got her she had killed chickens and we do not what the cat killed, they will ALWAYS be supervised!)

I've read multiple articles online about it but none seem to fit our situation. I can't leash correct or water spray her when shes outside the window ad it would take too long and she won't know what shes done wrong (not that it makes a difference when I do do it in time)

Should also note we don't have a dog crate so can't try that. We do have a cat crate but I don't want to put her in one while the dog sniffs around her and stresses her out in a tiny confined place

The cat is fine when there is a window between them, she knows she's safe

Any help is much appreciated

**I have already read quite a few threads on here **
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had this trouble at first, cat was rescued first and then we bought a puppy king shepard a month later. The cat tree definitely helped and we have many high hiding places for him. Mainly we needed to teach the puppy to be more gentle and it took a lot of "over reacting" when she'd play or nip. They still get in the odd fight but they cuddle occasionally ! Also depends on how deep your dog goes into prey drive


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I had this trouble at first, cat was rescued first and then we bought a puppy king shepard a month later. The cat tree definitely helped and we have many high hiding places for him. Mainly we needed to teach the puppy to be more gentle and it took a lot of "over reacting" when she'd play or nip. They still get in the odd fight but they cuddle occasionally ! Also depends on how deep your dog goes into prey drive


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Thanks for that I'm right now uploading a vid of what she does when she sees the cat as I want to know if she's just wanting to play or she wants to kill her. I've asked somewhere else and they've said what I've described she wants to kill the cat
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How did you learn she was "sweet" with cats?
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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be harsh and correct her act like the cat is your kid pretend it is a baby what would you do then? People just aren't strict enough. My cat and dog are best friends its simple but you gota be strict and act like if your dog lays a paw on the cat the dog will be seeing god. Sorry but thats how it works here.
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How did you learn she was "sweet" with cats?
The previous owners told us. They have 2 cats of their own
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Our GSD pup was a bit like this, and I wore him out good with a walk/jog and then when we came back home, we put a prong collar on him (he was around 8mos. or so).
I knew he was fine w/the cat, just really curious. So we got closer to kitty and kitty didn't run (our cat was almost killed by a foster so got skittish of dogs, I don't blame him!)
I kept Ruger very close and let him sniff the cat and after he was able to, he settled down and just hung out near the cat.

He doesn't act so nuts about it now.
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Heres the vid if anyone can give me some insight DSCF0250.mp4 video by Dogworx | Photobucket
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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My GSD Sage (who is 2 and a half) acts much the same way since I got my kitten. If I put Sage outside, and bring the kitty in the living room, Sage runs from window to window, looking in.

The Siamese is 7 months old and is very tiny and delicate, so I have to keep them separate.

Sage has insane prey drive, and wants to eat the cat (which isn't surprising, since she tried to eat a sheep during one of her herding instinct tests). It's been rocky going. I've had the cat for 3 months now, and we are still working on "leave the kitty alone".

I had to start out with the cat on my lap. Sage got treated for sitting calmly (she's very food driven). We've now progressed to getting to "give the kitty a kiss" (big slobbery lick on the head). Since she wants to touch the cat badly, the "kiss" works for her.

Sage did try to leap over my head at one point early on, making a grab for the cat. I happened to be sitting on the floor, and deliberately knocked a bar stool over in her direction. It didn't hit her, but scared the bejeebies out of her. Apparently if you try to snack on the cat, furniture starts falling from the sky. She has been considerably better since then. Not that I advocate throwing furniture...

We still haven't progressed to letting the cat loose in the living room with the dogs. I can sit and watch TV with the cat, and both dogs go lie down on the rug and behave themselves.

Next step is having one dog at a time, ON LEASH, in the living room with the cat loose. I'll let you know how that works out.
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My GSD Sage (who is 2 and a half) acts much the same way since I got my kitten. If I put Sage outside, and bring the kitty in the living room, Sage runs from window to window, looking in.

The Siamese is 7 months old and is very tiny and delicate, so I have to keep them separate.

Sage has insane prey drive, and wants to eat the cat (which isn't surprising, since she tried to eat a sheep during one of her herding instinct tests). It's been rocky going. I've had the cat for 3 months now, and we are still working on "leave the kitty alone".

I had to start out with the cat on my lap. Sage got treated for sitting calmly (she's very food driven). We've now progressed to getting to "give the kitty a kiss" (big slobbery lick on the head). Since she wants to touch the cat badly, the "kiss" works for her.

Sage did try to leap over my head at one point early on, making a grab for the cat. I happened to be sitting on the floor, and deliberately knocked a bar stool over in her direction. It didn't hit her, but scared the bejeebies out of her. Apparently if you try to snack on the cat, furniture starts falling from the sky. She has been considerably better since then. Not that I advocate throwing furniture...

We still haven't progressed to letting the cat loose in the living room with the dogs. I can sit and watch TV with the cat, and both dogs go lie down on the rug and behave themselves.

Next step is having one dog at a time, ON LEASH, in the living room with the cat loose. I'll let you know how that works out.

This is just what I want
"I can sit and watch TV with the cat, and both dogs go lie down on the rug and behave themselves."
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