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Re: Is there a way to teach to get along with a ca

Do a search here - this is a pretty common problem, as you might imagine with all these high prey drive dogs! What was recommended to me (here) was that every time Puppy got overly interested in the cat, to have her sit/down, whatever. Eventually, I was told, this would become a default behavior.

We ended up doing a combination of things. a) Crating the dog if we felt the cat wasn't safe b) having Puppy sit whenever she looked at the cat like a meal c) reprimanding her - the *only* time our dog heard "NO!" in her first 8-9 months was if she was looking at the cat like a toy.


Puppy and cat are usually fine now. Cat is apparently part of the pack. Cat gets occasional friendly licks, instead of "are you tasty licks." This, of course, is great for us.
 

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I've seen dogs get worked up enough to make themselves ill - but generally there is quite a ruckus!! Did you not hear anything/were you not home?

If you suspect that this reaction is due to the cat, I'd really suggest separating them when you are not around to supervise. Its one thing if a dog just needs to get over it, then I think crating the dog and leaving the cat loose can help the situation.

But cats are also very good at teasing - even small cats. If the dog is getting that upset, I'd put the cat in another room altogether and lock it in so it can't torture the dog when you're not there. jmo.
 

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If you were home and didn't hear anything, I would suspect another issue.

Excessive drooling can definitely be caused by anxiety. But maybe her stomach was upset and that caused the anxiety because she didn't want to be sick in her crate. My dog would be upset in that situation!

I think you may have two issues going on, not just one. Poor puppy. That said, as I mentioned before, there are multiple "cats and dogs" threads going on right now, so they may have good information for you. Good luck!
 
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