Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Wichita, Kansas
Having problems with puppy and the cat
My 10 month old puppy goes absolutely ballistic around my 7 year-old cat. I let the cat in, he's instantly on him, sniffing him and nipping the back of his neck, I yell at the dog, tell him to leave it, sit, etc... but he completely ignores me. The cat of course runs for the highest ground and jumps up on the table where I keep his food bowl and Eko will sit at the table and watch him the whole time. Then the cat wants a drink so he'll jump down and get hounded by Eko again, and as soon as the cat stops drinking Eko will drink all the water that's left, like he doesn't want the cat to have any. Even if he's not thirsty he will do this. If the cat tries to hide behind our legs, Eko barks at our feet and runs around.
The only place the cat is totally safe is my lap, once he's there it's like an invisible barrier the dog can't get across, but he'll get on the couch and stare at him the whole time. If I'm not physically touching the cat he is practically on top of him 24/7. The cat is VERY patient, but eventually he gets sick of it and swats at the dog's nose, which at first that's how I figured it would end the chasing, the cat would get sick of it, scratch the dog, and the dog would learn. NOPE! He has scratched that dog several times, and it doesn't even phase him. He backs up for a second, then gets even MORE excited, like he thinks the cat is playing some sort of game. He'll even take his toys to the cat and shove them in his face to try and make him play.
But thankfully there has been no aggression, until recently. Our feeding routine is I make the food, set it down, fill up the water bowl, set it down, and Eko can't touch his food during any of this time until the water bowl is down and I tell him O.K. The cat snuck a bite or two of the food while I had my back turned filling up the water bowl and now things have changed. The drinking all the water thing Eko was doing has gotten worse, and now if the cat comes to take a drink while Eko is eating he will growl and snap.
Is there any kind of training to stop food aggression toward other pets? I feel weird trying to discourage my dog from drinking water but whenever the cat is near it he drinks til he throws up or the water is gone, whichever comes first. And how can I stop him from bothering the cat during the other times when Eko's chasing him around? He's usually very obedient, he knows leave it and drop it, sit, down, all the basics and I rarely ever have to repeat myself. But I might as well not even be there when the cat is on the ground, he is 100% focused on it and nothing else. I'd offer treats, but I'm scared that would trigger the food aggression and he would full on attack the cat.
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