Behavior - Cats and Dogs, Introductions
But you should not hear any screaming (which sounds almost like a human baby crying) or hissing during play. Cats love to bop each other on the head and tumble across the One of the most common instances where pet owners can be they get used to each other,) you can try a face to face meeting. Pet training, Pet Care Ideas and Info, Fun videos on dogs and cats, New Dog and Cat Products, Dog Kitty/Puppy Head Bop / My big orange tabby greets me everyday with one of animals kittens dogs baby animals cute animals golden retriever cats and dogs playful .. 17 Dogs Meeting Kittens For The Very First Time. animals kittens dogs baby animals cute animals golden retriever cats and dogs playful animals - Tap the link now to see all of our cool cat collections!.
After this has been done with no major reactions usually over a period of another days, sometimes more while they get used to each other, you can try a face to face meeting. If introductions are done carefully and thoughtfully, most cats are able to live in harmony and will only play with each other, with no harm done.
A Note on Dominance When cats are first introduced, they will need to figure out which cat is dominant. This may take some time, a few overly-involved wrestling matches and some displays of dominance force-grooming the other cat, holding the other cat down, etc.
Again, the dominant cat should not be harming the other cat in any way if things are going well. While some of these displays may seem rough to us, the cats know exactly what they are doing! This entire process typically takes anywhere from a day to over a month! Cats tend to be solitary animals, but they also can enjoy the company of another. Even if a cat doesn't particularly enjoy another, they are usually able to eventually find a way to avoid interaction if they have been introduced properly.
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Rather than causing harm, the cats will simply work out a way to pretend that the other feline doesn't exist, and it is quite rare that cats are so aggressive with each other that they must be separated permanently. If fighting continues and you are unable to find a solution, consult your vet to ensure that neither of your feline friends has an underlying medical condition causing their behavior. If not, the vet may be able to offer tips or to refer you to an animal behaviorist who can help.
If you've tried everything and the quality of life has been diminished for them, it may be time to look at rehoming for one or constant separation in different parts of the home. Only you know what is best, but with dedication and hard work, most living situations involving more than one cat turn out well. Sometimes you need a rest from other people and dogs can be the same way. This is also makes it easy for you to give some one on one attention to each dog. Escape — provide an escape route for both your puppy and your senior dog.
When one of the dogs becomes too much for the other they can separate themselves before the situation escalates.
Avoid punishment for communication — growling is how dogs communicate. Your new puppy needs to learn about communication to and from other dogs. Reinforce positive behaviours — if you see a behaviour you like from either your puppy or your senior dog reinforce it. Use treats or clicker training. Make sure you raise the bar when the dogs have mastered a particular behaviour. For tips check out: If your puppy yips or squeals but your senior dog does not let up intervene immediately. Do not put the dogs into small spaces together — this is asking for trouble.
During the introduction process food bowls should be placed in different areas of the house. This can lead to issues in the future. In unusual cases a person can learn that skill by video, even more rarely by books, but most people learn fastest with in person help. I consider "getting rid of kitty" to be at the very very very bottom of a long list of options, lower than - place dog in different home.
If you are committed you should be able to get the situation under control. Diane Blackman Proper training is not the mere imposition of rules, but the teaching of skills that allow the dog to become a fuller member of human society. We just bought a beagle 1. I realize that beagles are bread to hunt small fuzzy things, and that his instinct will be to sniff out and chase rabbits, cats,etc. Is there anyway to control the behavior other than getting rid of our poor little Kitty??? Jackson, Portland, OR Subject: Desperate to solve problem Date: The cats are in danger because you are unable to properly correct the dog.
Whether you could learn to control the dog depends upon your ability to follow instructions. Whether the dog would ever be safe with the cats is impossible to say. No one could ever say with complete assurance that any dog is percent safe. A person can give a risk evaluation, that is all. You say you have "talked with" a trainer, but have you attended any classes?
If not then you have not made any significant effort yet.
Correcting the problem by "book learning" or video alone is very difficult for even a naturally skilled person. Learning to give effective well timed corrections is something you learn by guidance. The correct method of working with the dog depends upon the dog.
I deliberatly did NOT say to force the dog into a "down" - I said to tell the dog to down. The point being that there are many ways of accomplishing the goal and force may or may not be appropriate. It sounds to me like the situation with the cats is a symptom of a problem - the dog does not truly respect you and you do not know how to get the dog to obey even when it is on leash. The best chance your dog has for living is if you were to consult with a skilled knowledgeable trainer.
However, it seems to me that you are reluctant to take that step. If you are unwilling to work with a professional trainer then your only real choice is to find a new home for the dog.
I hope you are successful. If you decide to seek the help of a trainer contact the rescue organization and see who they recommend - also your vet, the SPCA, other vets, training clubs - and see if any of my links will get you do someone knowledgeable http: You will learn what kind of dog you are and are not capable of handling, you will learn how to recognize problems, and when to seek help, and you will learn if there is anything to be done, and what it will take to get there.
Thanks for the advice. After reading your post, I thought I'd send a few more details in what we've done to try to deal with this problem. Even though he was on lead, he never responded to any commands at all, whether given immediately as he saw the cat and he tries to run to them immediatelyor after the madness had really begun. We tried the traditional "NO! The degree of the behavioral change he undergoes when he sees a cat is amazing - a real "must see it to believe it" change!
It's like he's another dog entirely. Without cats around, he's friendly and kind, also usually pretty obedient with the commands he knows on leash, and will even respond off leash normally when you insist. The only time we have this extreme kind of rebellion problem is when a cat is around. Since he has had some behavioral training and we're still having this problem, it makes me seriously wonder if this can be trained out of him?
It's not like he's totally untrained and just needs to be taught control, so we're feeling pretty defeated. The thing you say that is of biggest concern is that the dog gets so excited he won't obey. You need to bring that under control. The particular behavior - picking the cat up etc. Some cats honestly don't mind that kind of treatment BUT both the owner and the cat must be able to stop it if they desire. If the dog won't then it is a serious problem. One or another of my dogs has always taken a fancy to one or another of my cats and its not unusual to see the "dog takes cats head in mouth I heard my cat yowling as the DogPlayed roughly and as I'm scolding the dog the cat leaps out and starts play fighting with the dog's tail!
But in that situation 1 the dog stopped when told 2 and the cat made the subsequent move to the dog showing that the cat wasn't bothered by the interaction. Something that starts out as play can turn serious if the dog's prey drive gets switched on by the cat's behavior. I think it well worth trying to work it through. The fact that the cats continued to allow themselves to be caught is a good sign.
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I installed cat door in the bathroom door, and one bedroom door so the cats could always get relief from the dogs. Instead of completely keeping the dog and cats separate you will do better to work on obedience and control.
For now keep them separate when you cannot supervise, but try to find as much time as you can for supervised interaction. During supervised interaction your dog should be on leash. If you have not been to obedience classes you need to go so that you can learn how to enforce commands productively.
Are My Cats Fighting or Playing?
During supervised interaction the dog should be told to "down" when a cat walks into the room. If you do not know how to read your dog's body language to know when exactly that is, then get the help of a trainer. How and when you correct for inappropriate interaction with the cat will make percent difference in your chances of success.
You want to dog to learn to control itself so the cat can come over and the dog will lie quietly - even when the cat walks off. You want to allow physical interaction - but get the dog to "call off" when you say so. If you don't know how to do that then it is worth while to get the help of a trainer.
It isn't as expensive as you might guess. Of course its impossible for me to tell but from your description I really think its less a matter of aggression towards the cats and more a matter of lack of control. With help you should be able to achieve that control.
And if you can't or if the situation is different than I'm guessing the best way to be sure is to have someone who can see it. OH and try video taping the interactions because its unlikely it will be performed entirely normally in the presence of the trainer.
My husband and I have recently taken in a 6yr old rescue Samoyed and we're having some problems with him and our pet cats that really concern us. He's even repeatedly growled and nipped at us for trying to get him away from the cats! The problem has definitely been getting worse as time has goes along, not better.
But here's the aspect of this that really has us on edge: Cats and dogs together. I have four cats and one kitten looking for a home. Tanith got corrected for growling at the kitten when it came to investigate Tanith's chew toy. I ended up removing Tanith from toy i. Sometimes I might drop a tasty bit for a cat and the dogs must allow the cat to eat it unmolested.
Then the dogs get a bite - or sometimes not. Because cats and dogs have such different body language the ranking structure is not really "there" in the way we would think of it between dogs. I get the impression that the dogs view the cats as more my possessions, and thus not to be messed with, than true pack members. Gil Woodring woodring jps. I have two cats 3. I am aware that dogs follow a "pecking" order, you know, a top dog kind of thing.
My cats get along great with the dog, one of them has definetly set the law straight and bops the puppy when she gets too friskey with the cat.
The other cat is getting to the end of her tollerence and is starting to bop the puppy also. I'm sure the cats do this because they are tired of playing with the dog. The dog on the other hand, because of their nature, I think is becoming the "underdog" if you will.
I'm all for this but should I treat my cats preferentally to the dog? Does the dog see the cats as her superiours? Cats and Dogs Date: Puppy play is an insult to the dignity of many cats.
Most just do not enjoy being pounced on by a playful pup. I have one cat that doesn't mind, but the rest only like the dogs when they are lying down quietly.