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andrea04 04-10-2014 03:21 PM

Hellllpppp (14 wk old puppy keeps chasing the cats)
I need some advice my 14 week old puppy will not stop chasing our cats. She chases the cats and barks and barks at them when she can't get them. I've tried placing her in a "timeout" in her crate and as soon as we let her out she goes right back to chasing the cats and barking. I need to stop this behavior one of our cats is old and can't defend herself when the dog corners her.....

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JohnD 04-10-2014 03:53 PM

Your pup has a lot of energy....Its fun for her to chase
and play with your cat.

How often do you take your pup out?

Tire her out with throwing a ball, walks, etc. and she may not want to chase your
cat. To tired to care anymore.

But I can't blame the dog.. ITS FUN!!!

Good luck.

Waldi 04-10-2014 03:55 PM

... it is only cat, ... LOL, perhaps it will help them both as at one point cat may stand the ground, but in the mean time it is great play mate

pineconeforestGSD 04-10-2014 04:45 PM

I taught Teana the ''DONT TOUCH'' whether its a cat or something in the road she should not go near she is told to DONT TOUCH.and she obeys very well.
my cat just snuggled with her for the 1st time yesterday.i think the cat likes it now that the dog wont hassle him.he thinks he has a new big friend.
best of luck to you and yours!!!!

MaggieRoseLee 04-10-2014 05:12 PM

I'm having a similar issue with my cats and puppy. I for sure have the laundry room with cat beds and litter boxes gated off with a pet gate so cats can escape.

And I'm working on the 'leave it' plus maybe having to crate the pup.

But other main thing others have mentioned is TRAINING and exercise. Lots of exercise outside the home. Plus working on 'engagement' training so that me with a toy is getting to me as much fun (more?) as the cats!

It takes time and is 'work' but seems to be improving!


Galathiel 04-10-2014 05:25 PM


Originally Posted by Waldi (Post 5356145)
... it is only cat, ... LOL, perhaps it will help them both as at one point cat may stand the ground, but in the mean time it is great play mate

Sorry ... but it is NOT only a cat ... it's another pet in the home. It shouldn't be harassed and terrorized by a rude, out of control puppy. Leash the puppy if you aren't quick enough to intervene. Work on getting its attention and being more interesting than the cat .. lots of play and treats. Redirect and if all else fails ... correct.

It's not being a great play mate when only one of the two is enjoying the game.

Tratkins 04-10-2014 06:14 PM

We used a separate command just for our cat. Teach "leave the kitty". A puppy should have a long lead on at this age anyway so that you can keep the cat safe. As soon as you see the dog "eyeball the cat", say "leave the kitty" and as soon as he look say you, treat him. You should be WAY more fun than chasing the cat. Once he/she knows this command, he should head to you for a treat. Do a search within this forum and you will find lots of threads in this too with good ideas. But it's not fair to punish him for something he doesn't see as wrong (yet). Our puppy is now 18 weeks old and is good with our cat now, but he knows chasing is not allowed and it was a lot of work but worth the effort. Now I an call not my cat and dog over to me and treat them both at the same issues.

BowWowMeow 04-10-2014 06:58 PM

Keep your pup tethered to you or crated until you can teach a solid, "Leave it" or an incompatible behavior. That is the ONLY way he will learn--chasing them is its own reward.

andrea04 04-11-2014 10:36 AM

We're learning "leave it" in obedience right now.. I will try buying a longer leash to keep on her at home to help. Our one cat will play with her and smack her when she becomes too much. And they have moments where they love each other but I don't want my older cat to get hurt. Thanks for the great advice!!!

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njk 04-13-2014 05:04 AM

I have this same issue (older cat annoyed by younger pup) where she wants to play with him and can be a bit rough. We don't keep her leashed in the house, but we're teaching her Leave It at the moment and I find distracting her works well. Sometimes she looks at the cat, then at me with the treat, then back at the cat, like she can't decide, but I always entice her my way. A couple times last week she brought a toy to the cat, like she brings a toy to us when she wants us to play with her. So she is displaying signs that she understands she can't play with the cat that way, but it's kind of sad (in a humorous way) that she thinks the cat will throw the ball for her..

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