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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-20-2019, 08:11 AM Thread Starter
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Hi! I'm new here and we have a 9 weeks old puppy. He came to home 1 weeks ago. He is so smart and playful but we have some problems.

First one is our cat. He is 2 years old and much bigger from the puppy. They never interested with each other for first 3 days. The cat were smelling and running. Then the dog started chasing it. The dog were just chasing for a few days but it become dangerous. He catches the cat then bites his neck and pushes him to the ground. That hurts the cat but he don't answer the dog. Sometimes he slaps the dog but so gentle. He is so merciless to me actually. I try to stop the dog but whenever the cat walks he runs for it. We isolated a room with a baby gate. But the dog is so small, sometimes he can pass the gate. The cat doesn't stand in the room anyway. He only use there for hiding because he loves stay with us. But he has no rest in this house anymore. I'm so sorry about that. I don't want the dog hurts him, he is growing so fast. Please help me about that.

The second one is he is afraid of people. 2 exp: Last night he saw my husband in a dark room, my husband about to leave the room, he screamed and run and pissed all the way long. Yesterday I was talking someone at the door, he interested with the dog, the dog scared and had the hiccoughs for mins. Everytime he is excited or scared he is peeing and he has the hiccoughs. I know he is such a puppy now but I'm afraid of the future. I don't want he grows up with this fear. How can I help him?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-20-2019, 12:57 PM
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The puppy has zero business being loose in your house to chase and attack the cat.
Leash, tether him to you, pen, or crate him. Zero contact with the cat from now on. If on the leash and he tries to go for the cat, say NO and do not allow him to even look.
As for the fear, have your husband feed the puppy. A lot of fear issues are genetic. Take him out and expose him to people and places from a distance where he is comfortable. No dog parks.
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It is your job to teach the puppy what he is and isn't allowed to do. It is also your job to keep the cat safe. If you haven't already, I strongly suggest you get involved with a trainer to guide you through your training of the puppy. Puppies go through fear periods, which this may be, but submissive urinating is a sign of poor nerves. This pup needs structured socialization and training daily to help shape his behaviors and reactions to things.

There is an entire library of books written about raising puppies. I suggest you do some reading and get a trainer that can help you get started on the right foot.

I like Patricia McConnell myself, but there are a lot of good authors to choose from.

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