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05-14-2014 11:11 AM
kiya Scolding = noise
Your puppy doesn't understand what you are yelling about.
05-14-2014 09:28 AM
Lilie How old is your puppy? And you've had him for what...a week?
05-14-2014 09:08 AM
Baillif Right. Now that you closed the door of chasing cats you should open another door for him in the form of chasing a ball or a bait pole or whatever.
05-14-2014 09:02 AM
Shade Dogs will naturally fall to behaviours that are rewarded rather then punished (self rewarding behaviours like having fun chasing the cat count), shaping harnesses that drive and allows you to show him behaviours that will be rewarded. So you have a fantastic oppertunity now, he realizes now that chasing the cat gets him scolded and he's looking to you to see what to do. Be ready to praise heavily whenever he looks at you rather then the cat, soon you should see him realize that looking at you gets him praises and treats and he'll offer it often just to see if you'll praise him once more. You can use a leash as others have said in the meantime to keep the dog and cat seperated until they learn to play appropriately

I always had treats and a toy on me, all my dogs learned that I was the best thing in his life and pleasing me meant mega rewards every time. It took time but the rewards of building that bond exceed words.
05-14-2014 08:47 AM
Baillif Nice
05-14-2014 08:12 AM
intothevoiddd Thank you so much for the advice! This morning he of course went after the cat immediately, and I tried giving him a scruff shake and boy did that work fantastically. I did it maybe 3 times and he was definitely NOT enjoying that. After about the third time I noticed that when he got near the cat he would stop himself and sit and look at me. When he sat by the cat quietly or was acting acceptably around the cat I praised him. I can't believe how quickly he caught on to that!! I think it is exceptionally hard for him because the cat antagonizes him.
05-14-2014 02:39 AM
gsdsar
Really struggling with pup who won't respond to scolding

Tether the puppy.

If you don't want to do that, then you need to actually give a consequence to "no", standing there yelling it is meaningless. Maybe a squirt gun with water? A can filled coins to shake?but honestly, the cat thing would probably get a scruff shake from me. Not the other stuff, that's redirectable, but the cat, that's a big deal.

"Redirecting" a puppy that's rolling around on the floor making weird noises with the cat is NOT going to work. There is probably nothing better than that.

That kind of behavior is going to get your cat killed. Seriously.


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05-14-2014 01:51 AM
middleofnowhere "Scold"??? Why not just try redirecting? I suspect that dogs just think we are a little unhinged when we go off on a scolding rant.
05-14-2014 12:31 AM
Baillif The word no generally carries more weight when it is swiftly followed by a consequence the pup finds unpleasant.
05-14-2014 12:22 AM
my boy diesel leash the puppy so you have control over him
feed him by hand
teach him sit
bond with him
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