Re: 11 mth old rescue - training
First of all, welcome and thanks for rescuing!
Do you practice Nothing in Life is Free with your dog? I think it's all one big package. I have a senior cat and the guy in my avatar, Kai, had a lot of problems with my 15 yo cat at first. He would growl or bark at her and chase her when we were all out in the yard together. I got advice from a trainer to be very positive about the cat--"Look, there's Cleo" in a very happy voice--and to give the same command--Down--every single time he saw the cat, and of course follow with a reward. Pretty soon the idea was that he would automatically lie down when he saw the cat.
I only had him 5 months but he did get better with Cleo. Things really turned after he chased her up the stairs one day and then I heard (a dog) screaming. I raced up there and she had him cornered in the closet. He was shaking like a leaf! After that he stopped chasing her!
However, I always made sure that Cleo had an easy escape route (he jumped a high barrier to chase her up the stairs!) and safe places to go.
I bought a gate at petsmart that is extra high and has a little kitty door in the bottom.
Rafi, my new guy, is great with Cleo. I checked him out with cats first though!
Ruth & the 4 Legged Rescue Gang
Rafi the malaroo
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