Re: The Christmas Kitten
Insure the kitten has an escape route. One thing you can do is use baby gates but raise them up so there is a 6 inch gap between the bottom the gate and the floor. Kitten can escape under but dog cannot follow. I have used this to keep dogs out of litter boxes too.
I feed the cats on a raised surface to the dogs out of the food too.
We always let our new dogs trail a leash when they come home as I have 4 adult cats. I have not bought a new cat in the house in many years but if I did we would do leashes for a few days.
I teach all the pups "NO KITTY!" with a leash and positive reinforcement. I step on the leash as I say No Kitty! and pup will look back when they get stopped by the leash. I praise and treat. Eventually they hear No KITTY! and turn for reward before they even get to the end of the leash. It becomes a cat specific leave it.
With good management, positive training and time they may well become good friends.
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