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Hi!! Happy holidays...

I have a female, 6 month old GSD.. full of energy and who loves to chase and bark and run after cats.
Recently, an abandoned baby kitten just wandered in our properpty and we have been trying to revive it. First time our dog saw the kitten, i had a hard time restraining her, and im sure she would have really gone for it.
Does anyone have experience or advice on how to handle this, and if possible to get my dog to get used to the cat?.. is it even possible at this point...

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my puppies have always been trained by the adult cats, so I don't know how to do it the other way. If
your pup already chases cats, it will take a lot of diligence to train them together, perhaps wait until the
kitten is older to introduce them. Keep the kitten in a different room or crate, put towels in the crate to
get the kitten scent all over them. Offer those for the pup to smell, so she gets used to it.
All the years I had dogs though, I never left them together alone, always kept separate when I was
not around to supervise.
 

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You didn't say how old the kitten is, but I had a male Shepard about a year old that used to chase cats, and I introduced him to a very small kitten. I just had him lay down, then I showed him the kitten. The kitten wasn't old enough to run, and was not at all afraid of dogs, so it was pretty easy. The dog licked it, and the kitten found a nipple on his belly to suck on, it was very cute! Once the kitten started suckling, my dog just continued to clean him up...and that was it. They were buddies. With a younger puppy it might not go so easy, but I think it mostly depends on the kitten's reaction to the dog.
 

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You didn't say how old the kitten is, but I had a male Shepard about a year old that used to chase cats, and I introduced him to a very small kitten. I just had him lay down, then I showed him the kitten. The kitten wasn't old enough to run, and was not at all afraid of dogs, so it was pretty easy. The dog licked it, and the kitten found a nipple on his belly to suck on, it was very cute! Once the kitten started suckling, my dog just continued to clean him up...and that was it. They were buddies. With a younger puppy it might not go so easy, but I think it mostly depends on the kitten's reaction to the dog.
I have no idea how old it is... but its very young, it doesnt run very fast at all, and it wouldnt stand a chance in a chase. first time they met actually, the kitten was just laying in the grass, and I didnt even see him either, and luckely my dog was on leash at that time (Which is not normal inside our property but that time we had to leave so I didnt want her to wander off), anyway when I noticed the kitten we were about 3 feet away!, my dog was too busy sniffing and didnt see the kitten either, the kitten saw us but didnt even move. at some point it did move and started to walk away very slowly, at which point my dog just darts and almost pulled me with it.
 

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I would keep them as far away from each other as possible until the kitten is fully healed and strong. Then start from intros 101
 
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