|10-10-2013 02:41 PM|
I already do mealtimes in an assembly line type style with each cat in its own spot. Very easy to adapt this to add the dog's meal served at the end.
I've Googled this topic and read but the advice is either sort of vague or seems too "no no no" all the time. Not that "no" is always bad, but showing a pup what IS allowed sounds like it would work better than constant correction. Thank you, Mary Beth!
|10-10-2013 02:13 PM|
|10-10-2013 10:30 AM|
|WateryTart||Mary Beth, did the "mine" and "yours" really work? I'll have multiple cats with a GSD puppy. The leash hooked to you is brilliant, too. I was going to get a leash for running anyway, eventually (once puppy is grown up). I'll just get one early and once the pup is comfortable with leashes in general, that will be really handy.|
|09-30-2013 08:35 PM|
|09-30-2013 01:55 PM|
|Mary Beth||I agree with your vet, in your situation, your cats are doing well and handling it well. But I do understand your concern. I had a cat when my Sting was a pup - she liked dogs but was elderly and very gentle. Even though she had her claws, she never used them on the pup which frankly I thought he needed at times I would not attempt to stop the cats from running - that isn't going to happen, instead concentrate on your pup. You are redirecting which is great but he also needs to learn to respect the cats. Here is what I did with my Sting : When the pup would chase after the cat - I stopped it right away. I would lift the cat up and say sternly "mine" and then give him his soft bear - make it squeak - and say very happily "this is your's". My pup slept in his crate until he was a year-old so he couldn't chase the cat at night. I even kept him on a leash which I hooked to my belt when I was working on the computer or reading so that he couldn't chase after the cat. I also was careful to feed the cat first, brush the cat first, greet the cat first, all this to show my pup that the cat was to be respected and came above him in the pack order. I would pick the cat up and also put the cat on a higher place like a table or counter so my pup could see that the cat was above him. When I had the cat on my lap and my pup would try to push the cat off (he was a big pup) I turned away from my pup and even turned the cat's head away and waited quietly - by the count of 10 - my pup had decided to take a nap with his bear. I also would be careful and play with the cat when the pup was outside or in his crate that is really too much of an exciting situation to expect a pup to handle - he wants to play too.|
|09-30-2013 12:06 AM|
11 week old puppy and cats
Hello I'm new here and a new GSD puppy mom. I've never had a GSD before and the last puppy I had was when I was a very very young child. We have two 2yr old LARGE cats (17-20lbs) and now an 11 week old puppy. I know he is a puppy and to expect puppy behavior but what should I be doing to help with our dog/cat situation. The puppy seems like he wants to play with the cats who at first were iffy and now just investigating they can be in the same room and be fine. But the cats will be laying somewhere and the puppy will go over to them very excited (duh he's a puppy!) and one cat will hiss and run away the other sometimes hisses or lately just stays where he is and if the puppy gets too close he will just walk away. We try to keep the cats from running away because I know the GSDs instinct is to chase and herd. We usually have the puppy on the leash so he can only be with us and not chase after. We let him get close and sniff but if he seems to be going after them we tell him no and redirect his attention. Today he was I assume trying to play with the one cat and tried to nip at him. Our vet said they will eventually work it out and my friend who has 2 GSDs and about 12 cats said her's all just worked it out, the cats stood up for themselves while she made it clear the cats are off limits. We had him at her house for socialization and he did well with her dogs and in the house with about 5 cats around he did not even seem to notice them. I'm just unsure of how we can do this. Or what we should do or not do to let them work it out. We have had him for 2 weeks and I know not to expect results immediately or over night. I just want to make sure we do the correct thing. I apologize if this has already been discussed or if I have it in the wrong area. Thank you for any advice it is greatly appreciated.