How to Train Your Dog to Accept a Kitten

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1-2 Weeks
Behavior

Introduction

You want to add a feline furry, friend to your family, but your family already contains a dog, who happens to have very little experience with cats. Is there any hope of integrating a new kitten into your home, in a way that is peaceful and safe for all parties involved? 

The answer is yes! Thousands of households contain cats and dogs, that get along just fine. These housemates can even become quite attached to each other, playing together, sleeping together, and providing excellent company for each other. However, when adding any new member to the household, especially a kitten, you will need to ensure the introduction is conducted in such a way as to create a positive experience, so that your dog will accept the kitten and both kitten and dog are not stressed, frightened or injured in the process.  

Dogs can have a tendency to view small critters as prey, so you will need to ensure that your dog does not make this mistake upon introduction of a new kitten. Also, remember that the kitten itself can be aggressive and lash out in defense if it perceives a threat, even when one is not present. Precautions to control the kitten's perception and reaction to being introduced are also necessary when teaching your dog to accept a kitten.

Defining Tasks

You will want your dog to react calmly around your new kitten, not rushing the kitten, crowding it, mouthing, pawing or otherwise invading the kitten's space. A cat or kitten will often see the above behaviors as threatening and will either flee, creating an opportunity for your dog to establish that he is a great toy to chase, or fight--neither of which is conducive to a happy, peaceful home. Both behaviors can result in either the kitten or your dog being injured. A feisty kitten can scratch a dog's nose or eyes, resulting in injuries, and getting the kitten-dog relationship off to a poor start. 

Before introducing your dog and kitten you will want to acclimatize them safely to the sights and sounds of each other and control the environment where they are introduced. Your dog should have a good grasp on obedience commands so you can control and direct him during the introduction and while the dog is getting used to the kitten's presence in his home in the first few days. Remember, this is a big adjustment for a dog that is unfamiliar with cats. Controlling the situation and ensuring that positive associations are created will make your dog's acceptance of the kitten, his new companion, much smoother. 

Most dogs and cats learn to cohabitate quite nicely together. A little bit of effort on first meeting to ensure acceptance of your new pet will speed up the process and establish a lasting friendship between your furry friends.

Getting Started

When teaching your dog to accept a kitten you will need a way to gradually introduce the animals and keep them both safe during the introduction. A separate room to contain your new kitten, barriers, or crates will be useful. Also, if you have a choice, find a kitten that has some spunk, not a frightened or shy, skittish kitten that will avoid your dog and run. A running kitten presents a target for your dog to chase, resulting in a more traumatized kitten and more opportunities for your dog to chase. Take precautions to ensure the kitten does not get chased or injured during introductions. A kitten that stands its ground, or even shows interest in playing with your dog will develop a friendship with your dog faster.

The Maintain Space Method

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Contain kitten
Contain your new kitten in a separate room for the first few days. Put a litter box in the room; this provides the added bonus of letting your kitten become familiar with the location of her litter box, and the sights, sounds and smells of the home.
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Allow introduction through the door
Let your dog smell the kitten under the door or through the crack. Do not let your dog bark or scratch at the door.
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Allow to see each other
Put a baby gate or barrier in the doorway and open the door part way so that the dog and kitten can see each other and meet through the barrier. Remember that while your dog may not be able to get over the barrier, most kittens can. You will want to supervise closely when just the barrier is present.
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Reward calm
Reward your dog for being calm in the presence of the kitten on the other side of the gate.
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Supervise loose introduction
Eventually, allow the dog and kitten in the same room, supervised. Reward your dog for being calm and not approaching the kitten. Allow the kitten to approach your dog while you reassure and pet your dog.
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The Controlled Intro Method

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Teach your dog a strong 'down-stay' or 'leave it' command. Put your dog on a leash. Have a route of escape for your kitten, like a cat tree or a room with a barrier the cat can easily escape to, but the dog cannot follow.
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Keep dog still
Ask your dog to 'down-stay' while your new kitten is allowed to investigate the home. If your dog tries to rush towards the kitten to investigate, say “leave it” or “down-stay”, restrain with a leash if necessary.
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Reward calm
Pet and praise your dog and reassure him for staying in the 'down-stay' position in the presence of the new kitten. Keep the initial introduction short so your dog does not become frustrated, jealous, or over-excited or have an opportunity to intimidate the kitten. Remove the kitten to a separate room or part of the house.
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Increase exposure
Repeat introducing the kitten, while controlling your dog, increase the length of time your dog is exposed to the kitten. Provide your dog treats to create a positive association with the kitten's presence.
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Increase access
Gradually take your dog off-leash as he shows calm behavior around the new kitten, continue supervising and provide 'leave it' or 'down-stay' commands as needed until the two animals are comfortable around each other.
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The Crate Intro Method

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Put kitten in a crate
Put your kitten in a crate, or behind a pet barrier that your dog cannot get through.
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Introduce your dog
Introduce your dog, while on a leash, to the kitten in the crate or behind the barrier.
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Allow calm investigation
If your dog barks, scratches or rushes the crate or barrier, reprimand your dog, ask him to 'down-stay' or 'leave it'. Your dog may investigate the carrier or kitten through the barrier but should be calm and not show aggressive or out-of-control behavior.
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Reward calm
When your dog is calm around the kitten in the container, provide treats and praise. Distract your dog with play with a toy. Repeat over several sessions if necessary until calm is achieved.
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Increase exposure
Once your dog is calm around the kitten in the container, hold your dog on a leash and let the kitten out of the container or from behind the barrier. Reward calm behavior. Command 'down-stay' for aggressive behavior. Go back to containing the kitten if necessary. Continue supervising and eventually move your dog off leash as he learns to be calm around the kitten out of the container.
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Written by Laurie Haggart

Published: 12/07/2017, edited: 01/08/2021

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Ammu
Pug
3 Years
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Ammu
Pug
3 Years

I brought a Kitten home last week.I introduced both while pug was in leash and kity was in my hand.Pug sleeps in ground floor and kity in first floor.. Only under our supervision,we allow them to meet.But my pug is showing aggression whenever he sees kity.While kity seems to be not bothered and remains cool.wat to do?

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
104 Dog owners recommended

Hello, you are doing the right things so far. I would suggest that you continue with the slow introductions. It is promising that the kitten is nonchalant - eventually Ammu will most likely think the kitten is no big deal either. Take a look here for more advice on helping them get to know each other: https://wagwalking.com/training/accept-a-cat. As well, even though this refers to dogs, the advice is excellent and can easily be carried to your situation. Read the Respect the Resident and What Not to Do Methods. https://wagwalking.com/training/accept-a-new-dog. Good luck!

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Milo
Ridge back
7 Years
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Milo
Ridge back
7 Years

Hi I’ve just got 2 kittens and he wants to eat them? He is so good with other animals and dog doesn’t chase them I take him for long walks with no lead doesn’t run off to chase wild animals etc but with the kittens he wants to keep trying to eat them and licks his lips like he really wants to eat them?
Not sure what I can do thanks

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Gayle, At this point definitely be sure to confine the animals separately in crates behind closed doors when you are not directly supervised. Have a couple of barriers between the animals when not supervising and using proper safety precautions in person. Check out the videos linked below - depending on the severity of the prey drive toward the cats, you may need the help of a professional trainer if there is a stronger prey drive toward the cats. Mild cat issue - teaching impulse control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWF2Ohik8iM Moderate cat issue - teaching impulse control using corrections and rewards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dPIC3Jtn0E Severe cat issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MLJV5PBh7Y More e-collar work with cats with the same dog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8lkbX0dhT0 Work on impulse control in general with pup, by teaching things that increase impulse control and calmness - such as a long, Place command around lots of distractions. Practicing the command until you get to the point where pup will stay on Place while you are working with a kitten in the same room. You can also back tie pup while they are on place - connecting a long leash attached to pup to something near the Place just in case pup were to try to get off Place before you could intervene. This keeps kitty safe while practicing and reinforces to pup that they can't get off the Place. The leash should be long enough that pup doesn't feel the leash while they are obediently staying on the Place because it has some slack in the leash. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Below are some other commands in general you can practice to help pup develop better impulse skill/self-control - impulse control takes practice for a dog to gain the ability to control himself. Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo Down-Stay: https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out - which means leave the room: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Lili
No breed
10 Years
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Lili
No breed
10 Years

Hii!So,me and my family rescued a little cat from an abandoned house and we have some doubt's about my dog's behavior around the kitten.Sometimes when she gets near him she tries to jump (we hold him because we are afraid she will hurt him) and she tries to "bite" him.From what i observe she doesn't want to hurt him because she doesn't growl and she doesn't show her teeth but it still scares us.
She doesn't have that much training and we are afraid she will lose control or hurt the kitten.The kitten is just 1 month and a half old.Wee would loove some advice!
Thank you!!
Catarina Pinto

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Hello, Lili probably does not know what to think of the kitten. She may not intend to hurt the kitten at all, but just doesn't know what to expect. I would take things slow. Allow only supervised contact like you are doing. https://wagwalking.com/training/accept-a-kitten Use the Crate Method and have Lili near the kitten safely in the crate for several days or until she is losing interest. Make sure that the kitten always has an escape - like a gated room (you can separate the two at the beginning with a gate when using the crate method too) or a high carpeted cat tree to climb on. As well, there are excellent tips here: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-like-cats The Socialization and Safety Method. Remember to pay lots of attention to Lili, so she does not resent the kitten. Good luck!

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Leah
Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross Lurcher
5 Years
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Leah
Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross Lurcher
5 Years

We got a new kitten last week, he is 8 weeks old and isn't nervous, in fact he is quite fiesty. I have a dog who I share with my dad, she stays over from Friday night til Monday every week but is never left alone in the house during the day. She lives with a older cat at my dads house, who she has lived with since we rehomed her as a puppy (a few months old). When we first introduced her to the kitten we done this with him in a crate, and her on a lead. She was barking and trying to scratch to get in the cage. We then held the kitten standing up and her her on a lead and she would wine and start to jump up at him. I would tell her off and then reward her when she began to calm down. Slowly she started to get bored and not trying to get up to the kitten as much. We kept them seperate for a few days and Leah (the dog) would search the house in hunting mode looking for him. We then held the kitten inside with the dog free but held by her collar and she sits to watch him. Then we let the kitten stroll free and held the dog and she just wanted to be let go. The bedroom door was open with the kitten inside, and the dog walked in (we didnt do this intentionally) they stood and stared at each other for a good 10 seconds until the kitten put his back up, hissed and swiped and the dog ran away. Another time the next day the dog ran towards the kitten and he ran and hid behind the toilet and she stood crying trying to get to him. Im really upset that we cant have them in the same room without restricting one of them but understand this may be a long process. Leah (the dog) is used to being given 100% attention, and treated like a baby (always having cuddles, sleeping on the bed, and hardly being told off or left alone- ive probably made a rod for my own back). As you can see ive also attached a photo of leah with my dads cat, who she doesnt 100% like but knows the cat is the boss and wouldnt cross the line. Please could you give me some advice. Thank you.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Hannah, Honestly, it sounds like you are generally doing the right thing and your suspicions are likely correct - they need a lot of supervision, confinement when you can't directly supervise, rewarding for calmness, correcting for over-excitement, and time. I also suggest teaching her the Out command - which means leave the area. The Leave It command, Quiet, and Place. These commands can help her learn better impulse control and help you communicate to her what she needs to be doing instead of getting too excited. Practice the Place command a lot, so that as she improves, you she can be told to go to Place (and automatically stay there) while the kitten is around and you are supervising them. Out command: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Leave It method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Place command video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Also, reward her very calmly whenever the kitten enters the room and she stays calm, she is tolerant and calm around the kitten, or looks to you for direction when the kitten is around. If you feel like the kitten is endanger and things are not manageable I suggest hiring a trainer who can come to your home to help the training process along faster. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

So cute. I found this post while looking for advice on bringing 2 kittens home this week and getting them to know my dog Maggie who looksJUST like your dog. Maggie is a mix of Boston Terrier (white chest) Staffordshire Terrier, and lab.

We're going through the same thing! We brought 2 kittens home and not quite sure how well our dog Brandy (looks just like your dog) she's a rescue. I think she likes the kittens but she does a lot of licking her lips and whining while watching them.

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Khloie
Chorkie
9 Years
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Khloie
Chorkie
9 Years

I got a kitten. My dog has been around and gotten along with cats in the past. The kitten wants to play with my dog, but my dog tries to ignore and avoid the kitten. Now my dog is stressed - not eating or drinking, peeing in the house, and early morning vomiting. Help!!

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Betheny, I suggest a trip to your vet. While stress may cause some dogs not to eat, the other symptoms indicate that there is likely something medical going on also. - I am not a Vet. If your dog doesn't feel well he won't feel up to being around the new cat, which would make him not want to interact. There may have been something going on before the cat and it's just gotten worse lately. First, rule out any medical conditions with your vet. Don't force the animals together right now. Reward your dog whenever the cat is present in the room and your dog stays calm, and keep the kitten from pestering your dog - let them learn how to simply calmly coexist. Keep the kitten in another room when you cannot supervise the kitten around your dog. For right now I suggest visiting your vet and keeping the animals apart. If something medical is ruled out, then you can also try the suggestions I mentioned above to decrease stress and let them warm up to each other gradually. Until your dog is well though I wouldn't push any interactions. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Panda
Boxer/Lab
2 Years
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Panda
Boxer/Lab
2 Years

We acquired Panda from a family member and we have 2 kittens who are old enough to not be cooped up all the time. Whenever we let Panda out if his kennel in the morning his rushes at the kittens and tries to hurt them. We have tried sitting down with him and the kittens and tell him that they are friends and bad dog but he just snarls at them. We don't want to get rid of him but don't know what we should do to help him transition. We have had him for 3 weeks now. What should we do?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
833 Dog owners recommended

Hello Jacinda, Since it has been three weeks without progress I would highly suggest hiring a professional trainer who uses both positive reinforcement and fair corrections to help you. Right now start out by getting Panda used to wearing a soft silicone basket muzzle so that he will be safer around the kittens during introductions. This will help a trainer work with him faster also. Have him on a leash for introductions and correct him for any aggression toward the kittens and reward him for tolerating them. Start with more distance between them and with the kittens being still and reward good responses at that distance and correct fixating or acting aggressive toward them. You want the kittens to become boring so practicing his obedience with rewards in their presence may also help. Correct his response early as soon as he begins to act aggressive or fixate on them. Learn canine body language so that you can tell when he is relaxed and happy verses aggressive or stalking. A professional trainer will need to evaluate in person whether Panda can get used to the kittens or if his response is prey driven and cannot be changed enough to make the interactions safe long term. To get Panda used to wearing the muzzle show him the muzzle and give him a treat. Repeat that until he is comfortable around it. Next, touch it to him gently and give him a treat. Repeat that until he is comfortable. Next, hold the muzzle on his face briefly and give him a treat. Repeat that until he is comfortable. Next, hold the muzzle against his face for longer and feed him treats through the muzzle's holes while it is there. Repeat this until he is comfortable. Next, put the muzzle on him and feed him treats through the muzzle's holes once every moment. Gradually increase how long he wears the muzzle for and increase the amount of time between rewards until he can tolerate wearing the muzzle without distress for one hour. Expect this process to take a couple of weeks. Meal times are a good time to practice this. You can feed him his food one piece at a time as rewards for tolerating the muzzle. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Bunny
Aspin (Asong Pinoy)
2 Months
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Bunny
Aspin (Asong Pinoy)
2 Months

My puppy supposed to be a very happy dog, she loves ayong around, biting things and such but the moment I adopted a new kitten, she suddenly changed, she looks sad. They don't scare each other, they even go near to each other but my dog looks so ad, she doesn't play anymore like she used to. Do you have any advice on how to make her happy again? I got no problems on making my kitten and her as friends but, she suddenly got lonely. Please, give me some advice :(

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
833 Dog owners recommended

Hello Virma, First, I suggest a trip to your vet to check her for potential parasites, an infection, or a virus like parvo. She may have even picked something up from the kitten - it is very possible she is sad and won't play because she doesn't feel well. If there is nothing wrong with her health (I strongly suggest looking into that first though), then whenever the kitten is around give her a treat when the kitten enters the room and when the kitten comes over to her to help her associate the kitten with something good. I also suggest spending time teaching her new tricks and commands with treats and lure reward training in an area where the kitten cannot come. If she is feeling stressed about the kitten, then give her times to do something that will build her confidence without her having to worry about the kitten coming over... such as practicing tricks or easy agility courses you set up outside. Just be sure that these areas outside are somewhere where other dogs cannot come to avoid diseases while she is on the ground - she can be carried other places too but should only be set down on the floor or ground in places where other adult dogs or un-vaccinated puppies have not been. I suggest a trip to your vet first though. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Grace
German Shorthaired Pointer
6 Years
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Grace
German Shorthaired Pointer
6 Years

When I introduce my dog and kitten my dog wants to chew on it like a toy. There is very little progress of them getting along. How can I get them to become best friends?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
833 Dog owners recommended

Hello Lydia, First of all, your goal should be your dog leaving the cat alone. At this stage you don't want to encourage a lot of interaction or play. You want your dog to learn to mind its own business and for the cat to become boring. As they establish mutual respect for each other and become safe around each other, they may choose to hang out more as adults. Teach your dog the Out command - which means leave the area. Correct your dog for getting too interested in and intense with the cat. Use a basket muzzle for safety if needed, and always have the dog on the leash or behind a gate and supervised during the early days. Whenever your dog gets too excited around the kitten, command Out, and if he doesn't obey and leave, correct him. Teach Place and have him practice staying on Place with a leash on that is secured to something close by in case he breaks command around the cat. You can screw an eye-hook into the baseboard or wall to attach the leash to if needed but be sure to use the right hardware to make it strong, like finding a stud in the wall and screwing it into that instead of drywall. The leash should be loose while he stays on Place and is only there for an added safety measure - you want him to practice self-control while on the bed and to be staying out of obedience. When he stays calm on the bed with the kitten in the room in your lap, and later the kitten walking around, then toss treats onto the bed as a reward. Essentially, firmly correct any intensity toward the kitten - don't wait until it's a bite. If he is staring at the kitten intensely, let him know he should stop that. If he is getting super excited about the kitten, tell him to calm down or leave. Use commands that he knows to give him instructions, such as Out, Place, Leave It, or Down. Also, focus a lot on rewarding calmness, tolerance, and ignoring the cat. Don't leave them alone together and take measures to keep the kitten safe right now, such as a basket muzzle or leash, and crate him in another room when you are not home to prevent him from getting to the kitten. Out command - which means leave it https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Leave It method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Fizzy
Jack Russell Terrier
12 Years
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Jack Russell Terrier
12 Years

We have had our dog since she was a puppy we recently added a kitten (Pixel- 3 months old) to the mix she is very playful and very friendly but the dog is unpredictable and has been staring her down and we are worried she will go for her.

Both animals are very affectionate and loving not vicious at all when they are on there own.

We have tried introducing them slowly but we can't keep Pixel in a seperate room as she cries a lot! And this aggravate the dog.

Im not sure the best way to get them use to each other, the kitten is very eager to get to no the dog and play but the dog not so much please help!

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Beth, Staring can be related to prey drive, especially since the kitten is so small - when the kitten gets older is could get better but not necessarily. Check out the two videos linked below. One case is an overly interested, aroused dog, the other is a dog with a history of killing cats. You will notice the difference in tools and structure depending on the severity of the case: Less severe case: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojIQmMuOwns More severe case: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MLJV5PBh7Y Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Zsa
Maltipoo
7 Years
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Zsa
Maltipoo
7 Years

I have brought a new 10 week old kitten home about 2 weeks ago. Initially my dog was calm, but excited and my kitten was terrified. Now my kitten is generally fine around my dog (no hissing or growling, but still somewhat cautious), however my dog seems to have regressed. She is very possessive. If my kitten is in bed with me my dog can jump up no problem. But if my dog is on the bed first and my kitten tries to join us she will jump at her and growl. My dog doesn't want my kitten to come into any other room of the house either. Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Lina, It sounds like the issue may be more pup resource guarding you and furniture/spaces, than prey drive. I suggest a combination of teaching pup directional commands, building their respect for you (so pup doesn't view you as something they own), keeping the animals separate when you can't supervise and enforce rules, and being the one to create and maintain rules between the animals in your home. Pup needs a bit of a bootcamp as far as structure and boundaries being increased, at least for a bit. Check out the following articles and videos on teaching directional commands like Out, Place, Leave It, and Off. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75dyWITP1s Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Out - which means leave the area: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Leave It method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Off - section on "Off command specifically: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-train-dog-stay-off-couch/ To build pup's respect, have pup work more through the Working and Consistency methods linked below. Pup will already be following the Obedience method somewhat with the above commands too: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you Finally, decide what the rules are in your home and you be the one to enforce them, instead of the animals being allowed to on behalf of each other. For example, when you say Off - they must get off furniture, no guarding of people or things - if you guard, you have to leave, no blocking spaces and doorways, no nudging, climbing into laps uninvited, or barking for attention, no stealing things from another animal, no bothering another animal when they want to be left alone, ect... When one animal breaks the rule - like pup getting between you and the kitten, or the kitten wandering over to pup when they are sleeping or eating, you be the one to enforce the rule and make whoever is causing the issue leave, instead of pup using aggression. Do not pet or reward pup when they act aggressive or tense. Be calm, confident and firm with rules. Do reward pup when they are being tolerant and calm. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Hank
French Bulldog
3 Years
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Hank
French Bulldog
3 Years

Our French bulldog is squealing, barking and crying loudly at the new kitten. Kept them apart by a laundry room door the first week. Let them meet yesterday he tried to bite her, she sliced open his nose. Try to give them a few hours with the family while one is locked up but he screams at her and us through his kennel. How do we get him to be ok with her?

Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello, How this is addressed depends a lot of the severity of pup's prey drive toward the cat, or if he is just overly excited and aroused. You want to work on desensitizing pup to the cat, improving self-control and calmness in general, and rewarding a calm response around the cat. Fair corrections and interrupting pup while in an aroused state around the cat might also be needed before pup will be in a mindset to be able to be desensitized to the cat and learn control, also. If so I suggest hiring a professional trainer who is familiar with this area of training and how to deal with prey drive, arousal, building impulse control, and using both rewards and fair corrections wisely. Check out reviews of referrals. The first two videos linked below are good self-control and desensitization exercises to practice with pup on a back tie leash - to keep pup from being able to suddenly bolt toward the cat. The severe cat videos are things I would only recommend doing with more severe cases under the supervision of a trainer qualified to do so - many trainers won't have that type of experience so ask a lot of questions when looking for the right person to help your needs. Mild cat issue - teaching impulse control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWF2Ohik8iM Moderate cat issue - teaching impulse control using corrections and rewards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dPIC3Jtn0E Severe cat issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MLJV5PBh7Y More e-collar work with cats with the same dog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8lkbX0dhT0 Work on impulse control in general with pup, by teaching things that increase impulse control and calmness - such as a long, Place command around lots of distractions. Practicing the command until you get to the point where pup will stay on Place while you are working with the kitten in the same room. You can also back tie pup while they are on place - connecting a long leash attached to pup to something near the Place just in case pup were to try to get off Place before you could intervene. This keeps kitty safe while practicing and reinforces to pup that they can't get off the Place. The leash should be long enough that pup doesn't feel the leash while they are obediently staying on the Place because it has some slack in the leash. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Below are some other commands in general you can practice to help pup develop better impulse skill/self-control - impulse control takes practice for a dog to gain the ability to control herself. Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo Down-Stay: https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out - which means leave the room: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Taco
Chihuahua
5 Years
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Chihuahua
5 Years

My Chihuahua constantly barks when she hears a noise outside, when someone new comes inside, and when I had brought my neighbors lost cat inside out of a storm and put the cat in the spare room. She would calm down but every time I would open the door to the room with the cat, she would bark and run at the door. How do I train her to stop barking and prepare her to be introduced to a kitten? How should I go about introducing them for the first time? I am adopting 2 kittens in a month.

Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Patience, I suggest combining a few things in your case. First, you need a way to communicate with her so I suggest teaching the Quiet command from the Quiet method in the article I have linked below - don't expect this alone to work but it will be part of the puzzle for what I will suggest next. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Work on the Desensitization method from that article as well. Make a list of the barking triggers, such as people out the window. Reward pup whenever pup stays quiet in the presence of the trigger. Next, once pup understands what Quiet means you will choose an interrupter. One type of interrupter is a Pet Convincer. A pet convincer is a small canister of pressurized, unscented air that you can spray a quick puff of at the dog's side to surprise them enough to help them calm back down. (Don't use citronella and avoid spraying in the face!). In situations where you know pup will bark or is already barking (catch them before they bark if you can), command "Quiet". If they obey, reward with a treat and very calm praise. If they bark anyway or continue to bark, say "Ah Ah" firmly but calmly and give a brief correction. Repeat the correction each time they bark until you get a brief pause in the barking. When they pause, praise and reward then. The combination of communication, correction, and rewarding - with the "Ah Ah" and praise to mark their good and bad behavior with the right timing, is very important. While you are not home, confine her in a crate or room that doesn't look out the windows right now - barking at things out the window lets her practice the bad behavior over and over again and barking is a self-rewarding behavior because of the arousing chemicals released in a dog's brain - so once a dog starts she is encouraged naturally to continue it and stay in that state of mind if you aren't there to interrupt. For introducing the kittens I would first determine whether her reaction toward the cat was a desire to chase, a fear, or simply over-excitement. If the desire is a strong prey drive I don't recommend adopting kittens. You can manage prey drive but you can't get rid of it completely since it's instinctual - leaving the cats always at risk. If her desire is to chase, fearful, or over-excitement, you can work on impulse control, quietness, desensitization, and learning to leave the cats alone. Before adopting kittens, work on the quiet command and other barking training mentioned. Also, teach a long, high distraction Place command - where pup can stay on a Place bed even when guests come through the front door or fun and tempting things are going on - start with Place for just a few minutes and work up to longer gradually. Also, work on building pup's calmness and impulse control in general by practicing the commands like the ones below: Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo Down-Stay: https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out - which means leave the room: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ If you aren't sure whether she has high prey drive toward the kittens or how to train, I suggest hiring a trainer who specializes in behavior issues, comes well recommended by previous clients, and has experience evaluating things like prey drive, to guide you with her training. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Addy
American Staffordshire Terrier
7 Years
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American Staffordshire Terrier
7 Years

We have had a brother and a sister kitten we have brought into the home. at first, the dog was not happy. She would bark and wine and make a noise she usually does when she prey chases and would even try to snap at them from a distance. Gradually, with the kittens in the dog crate and her on a leash outside of it and controlled, I was able to get her to sit, and keep calm to lay down.She has done that for a week now. However, she keeps trying to lick them through the cage. the kittens allowed that for a bit until addy started to not quite do a defleaing bite, but trying to pull them through by fur, so we put them away and tried again later and again the next day.
She is now at a point where she doesn't claw or bark at the door they are behind, she will wine and look at me to bring them out, so we do. She still is a little excited but able to stay seated with my fiance and I. When she gets overly excited, we put them away and allow her to calm down.
We just brought the calmer of the two kittens out and held her while my fiance had addy by the collar sitting. When we bring them close, I bring the kitten's back to her first and she bathes them but then she tries to bite fur with a little bit of skin to pull towards her. I can not tell if this is her way of trying to take the kitten to mother it and claim it or if she's trying to eat it because it's all done calmly but with intent focus. Now that it has been five minutes with the cat put back, she is laying at my feet, head down almost asleep. Calm.
We know one bite or wrong move from our 80lb dog can injure or kill one of these kittens, but addy has shown tremendous progress since they have come in two weeks ago. This is also the first time she has been introduced to cats.
Should we get a muzzle first before letting the cat free or should we give it more time before they are as freely around one another with out the cage and restraint? A little advice would go a long way because if we have to give the cats back, they will be split up and as brother and sister, they make an amazing duo. They don't run from her in the cage, they sit there and wait until she is calm, then they approach. They seem to be very intellectual but they have a lot of energy.

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Hello Deseree, I would definitely give it more time. The licking that turns into nipping does sound prey driven and definitely not motherly. It sounds less intense than it was initially, so she is hopefully making good progress, but she is not ready for the kittens to be free around her yet, even with a muzzle on. There is still the risk of her squishing one if she tries to attack it while wearing the muzzle. I would suggest muzzling her and doing what you are doing now, but the muzzle will allow you keep the kitten a bit closer and let her get bored with it. Use a basket muzzle so that she can open her mouth up inside, and pass her small treats through the holes while he is being calm. Interrupt her behavior firmly when she starts to get over excited and nip through the muzzle, and give her a break like you have been doing if she gets over aroused. Practice with her restrained by a leash or collar until she is bored with the kittens when you bring them out. Be patient, this will take time. When you get ready to test them together, then definitely use the muzzle on her and keep a leash on her even if it is just dragging behind her, so that you can grab her quickly if you needed to. I would wait an extremely long time before you trust her around the kittens without confinement or a muzzle. She might get to the point where she can ignore them and be around them just fine, but if they run her prey instincts might kick in again, so you need to take things slow and give her instruction along the way to let her know when she is doing something correct and when her behavior around the kittens is unacceptable. Do not leave her to her own devises. Congratulations on the kittens. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Jolie
Brussels Griffon/pug mix
4 Years
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Jolie
Brussels Griffon/pug mix
4 Years

We rescued our dog 2 years ago. When we brought her home we had to adult cats in the house. They all get along fine. Our dog is pretty lazy. Very rarely barks unless there is thunder or fireworks. We just got a 10 week old kitten that we rescued through our veterinarians office. We had to do a meet and freest in the office with our dog and the kitten to make sure the dog didn’t show any signs of aggression. She passed with flying colors. We originally gated the kitten in the living room until he could get used to us but after the first day he learned how to climb over. The dog has been showing signs of aggression towards the kitten. She barks, growls at him and tries to go after him. We can’t leave the house because they have to be watched constantly. What can i do?

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Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Cindy, First of all I suggest crate training the kitten and Jollie, so that you can crate them in separate rooms when you cannot supervise or need to leave the house. Check out the article linked below to introduce Jollie to the crate. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Second, check out the videos linked below. Jollie needs to be corrected for chasing, staring at, fixating on, or acting aggressive toward the kitten. You can also teach a Place command and reward her for calmly staying on Place while the kitten is in the room. Only reward when she is being tolerant and calm. Check out the videos linked below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MLJV5PBh7Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojIQmMuOwns Place command: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Arrow
Border Collie
8 Years
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Border Collie
8 Years

Have just got a new kitten that is kept in a crate most of the time at the moment due to it being injured. We let the kitten out for short periods of time at night under supervision and our dog is not keen on him. He tries to chase it and he is very weary of anything or anyone touching his feet or tail so when the kitten jumps at his feet or tail he will growl and jump at him.

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Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Thank you for the question about Arrow. He is a herding breed by nature and a little kitten no doubt moves fast and is fun to chase. Be careful, remember that this kitten has already experienced trauma with the injury and you do not want to cause even more trauma with fear or another injury. I think you need to teach Arrow what you expect to be acceptable behavior around the cat. This will take time - but Border Collies, as you know, are extremely intelligent and will pick up things very quickly! The methods in this guide may be very helpful: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-greyhound-to-like-cats Good luck!

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Keira and Shyla
Pit bull and pit bull/boxer
15 Years
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Pit bull and pit bull/boxer
15 Years

I had a cat for 12 years recently lost him in aug due to old age he was 14. I feel it was time I got a kitten(what was I thinking) it’s been about 8 years since I had any issues with “redirected aggression” with my dogs! Thought they were old and way past this stage but it’s something I have never gotten over. I have a fear that having this new kitten will make my dogs go at each other again, is this possible?! Did I make a huge mistake?! Please help?!

It’s day one of having the kitty and we were all able to hang out with no issues but I wouldn’t dare walk away from the kitten. It seemed to go pretty good if I had to do something I would pick the kitty up or let the dogs out to pee. They all seemed relaxed and sleeping in there own areas but that fear of them acting out or not getting along with the kitty is there!

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Hello Penny, I would want to know a lot more about how they are responding right now. It sounds like they are certainly interested in the kitten and not leaving them unsupervised is VERY important. Are they exhibiting extra stress, acting prey driven toward the cat, not listening to known commands? For some dogs a lot of structure, practicing things like Place and Heel around the kitten, rewarding calm behavior around the kitten and managing the household so that neither dog is spending a lot of alone time with the cat or each other - if that's a concern, during the adjustment period can help get over any initial periods of tension without starting new bad habits, and aggression issues. If there are not strong prey tendencies toward the cat, then once things are calm, the dogs adjusted better, you can go back to a more relaxed schedule and management - just using the strict management of everyone being supervised or apart during the transition. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

Both dogs are seniors 14 yrs and 15 years old!

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Things are going very well. The dogs stay put when I tell them to and the kitty explores when the dogs are sleeping they smell each other and seem ok. I just fed bad cause the kitty has spent most part of the day in the room. I go back and forth with all animals it’s exhausting! But I know that I can’t just throw him in the mix it doesn’t help when I have my other half telling me that I should t of got him because he been in the room! He’s clueless. And I can’t risk both dogs going after the cat! I’m only one person. But they watch him run and play through the patio door and it’s not like they are chasing wanting to eat him haha I just want to do this right and hope that I am I don’t want the dogs feeling out of place they seem content as ever and at night we have all slept on the bed I don’t get great sleep tho cause it’s like I’m sleeping with one eye open! I’m sure this will take time and hope I’m doing it right!

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Lenna
Goldendoole
1 Year
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Goldendoole
1 Year

Hi, I have a 1year old dog and I recently got a kitten, about 8 weeks old. My dog is so scared of the cat. The cat is running around the house but my dog is kinda got force to be on a side. The kitten started to show curiosity about my dog. But whenever the cat got a little near, my dog would run away and the sudden movement make the kitten scared and haze at my dog. What should I do so that my dog is not so scared of the kitten? My dog has always been very sensitive and scared of everything.

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Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Danni, I suggest a combination of practicing obedience with rewards for obeying and staying calm in the presence of the cat, and desensitizing pup to the presence of the cat in general using rewards for whenever pup behaves calmly around the cat. Be sure to focus on teaching calm obedience around the cat while also rewarding pup for courage - so that pup doesn't just go from fearful to rough or reactive once they overcome their fear - but transitions to manners around the cat that you have taught, like laying down, ignoring the cat, and being gentle. Desensitization examples - fear of objects opposed to a cat - but the process is very similar. The dog in this video is barking - which it doesn't sound like your dog is doing, but the reason that dog is barking is fear and suspicion, so the underlying issue that's being addressed is the same -fear. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp_l9C1yT1g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5BjvNScFPs Obedience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWF2Ohik8iM Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Delta
Dachshund
1 Year
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Dachshund
1 Year

Hi! We adopted Delta when we already owned an adult cat, but a few weeks ago we adopted a new kitten. Delta has been really excited every time she sees the kitten and she keeps running after her, which scares her. Since she is a dachshund, we find it really difficult for her to listen to us and for us to teach her commands such as ''stay'' and ''lie down'' even with treats. She's really being rough with the kitten and the cat while playing and I'm really scare that she could hurt them or even worse by accident (they are always supervised, but sometimes she bites their neck). Please could you give me advice for my stubborn dog?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Corely, Most of what you need will be obedience practice. Since pup is new, they likely don't have much prior training and will be to distracted around the cats to learn commands while they are in the room. Start by teaching pup the needed commands while the cats are not around. Practice those, then add in the distraction of the cats as pup improves. There are usually variety of methods for teaching a command - treats are easy but many dogs need other motivation instead of or in addition to treats. In the meantime, I suggest having pup tethered to you with a hands free leash or crated at all times, to keep the cats safe, help your relationship with them, and teach general household manners. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75dyWITP1s Another method of teaching Place: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-place-command-the-good-dog-training-tips/ Sit - Treat Luring method or Pressure method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-sit Out - which means leave the area: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Leave It method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Down-Stay: https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ When you practice the below impulse control activities, I suggest tethering pup to somewhere secure nearby, with the leash kept loose enough they won't feel it unless they try to get off place, to ensure the cats safety during training. Mild cat issue - teaching impulse control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWF2Ohik8iM Moderate cat issue - teaching impulse control using corrections and rewards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dPIC3Jtn0E Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Pongo
Pug Mix
8 Years
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Pug Mix
8 Years

Hi there, we have just got 2 kittens (10 weeks old) our dog pongo is a loving dog but is very very hyper and excitable. He barks at pretty much everything (birds in the sky etc) we have tried to introduce him to the kittens through a barrier but every time he sees them he barks like crazy and the kittens run away and hide. Would you have any tips on what we can do? Thank you x

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Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Jemma, First, check out the quiet method from the article linked below. Once pup knows that command, practice the Quiet command with pup in a leash and the kitten being held by someone else across the room or in another room where pup can still see them a bit - bring the kitten in sight, pup barks, wait until you get a brief pause in the barking - which might take a while at first, then as soon as pup stops barking for a second, reward with a treat. Have the cat leave pup's sight for a minute, then repeat. Keep repeating this until pup doesn't bark at the cat when it appears because pup is expecting to be told quiet and given a treat. At that point, reward pup for seeing the cat and not barking, keep the cat in pup's sight for longer and longer as pup improves, spacing your treats further apart so that pup not only has to stop barking to get the treat but also stay quiet or not bark to begin with around the cat. When pup can stay quieter while in the room together, I suggest practicing things that increase pup's self-control around the cat to teach calmness around the kittens. Mild cat issue - teaching impulse control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWF2Ohik8iM Moderate cat issue - teaching impulse control using corrections and rewards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dPIC3Jtn0E Work on impulse control in general with pup, by teaching things that increase impulse control and calmness - such as a long, Place command around lots of distractions. Practicing the command until you get to the point where pup will stay on Place while you are working with the kitten in the same room. You can also back tie pup while they are on place - connecting a long leash attached to pup to something near the Place just in case pup were to try to get off Place before you could intervene. This keeps kitty safe while practicing and reinforces to pup that they can't get off the Place. The leash should be long enough that pup doesn't feel the leash while they are obediently staying on the Place because it has some slack in the leash. Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Down-Stay: https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out - which means leave the room: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Always keep the animals safely confined apart, behind closed separate closed doors when you are not directly supervising them. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Louie
Bich-poo
10 Months
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Bich-poo
10 Months

WE got a new kitten on Friday which our puppy is completely enamored with and loves, The problem is in the last 48 hours our puppy has turned his nose up at food and barely eaten. I have tried everything. I even took him to the vet and they did blood work and physical and said he is healthy. Could this be the adjustment of the kitten and what do I do. He drinks. He may take a piece or two of food but that's it. He nibbled her wet food but even that isn't enough to sustain him?

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Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Tara, Does pup seem nervous around the new kitten at all? Some dogs will refuse to eat if highly stressed. Excitement can cause a bit of food refusal, but not usually a huge amount. High levels of stress or trauma is more often to blame. I suggest taking pup somewhere away from the cat, like to a cul-de-sac in your neighborhood, backyard, or calm park. Somewhere calm and far enough away from where the cat is that he isn't thinking about it. Without overworking pup - since he is low on calories. Practice some simply obedience commands to get him in a working mindset, then try using pup's kibble as treats for obeying. You can also purchase freeze dried liver treats as kibble toppers and treats, and try using those or crushing those into powder and placing the powder and kibble in a ziploc together to scent and flavor the kibble better. See if pup will work for their food once you remove the distraction of the kitten and get them into a different, calmer mindset away from the cat. If pup will eat that way, the issue is likely the cat, and pup probably needs to be desensitized to the cat and calming exercises like Place and heel practiced around the cat, as well as pup given breaks away from the cat, like the training exercises with kibble I just went over. If pup still won't eat with the cat not present and in a calmer mindset, something else may be going on. You may want to get a second opinion from another vet or revisit your vet. You may want to try switching pup's food in case the food is upsetting their stomach (check online to see if there is a recall out for that food also) or they are sensitive to an ingredient in it (switching to a different grain/carb and meat source specifically if checking for an allergy). Switching pup to plain rice first, then gradually introducing the new dog food can help prevent sudden stomach upset associated with a sudden change as well. Check with your vet though, I am not a vet. There is also an "ask a vet" section on wagwalking.com. Keep an eye on pup's fluid intake also. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Luna
Golden Retriever
5 Years
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Golden Retriever
5 Years

My family recently acquired three kittens due to them being born in our garage. We have them in a separate space, blocked off from our dog. We tried introducing her to them a few times but all she does is bark. If she hears them, she barks. It's been a constant thing that we don't know what to do about. We also have an adult cat who Luna's lived with for years so she can get along with cats. We don't think Luna would hurt them but she gets very excited. Even after a morning of walks/playing, she still gets worked up. If we ask her to sit, it takes a few tries for her to do it. We've been rewarding/distracting her as well.

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Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Thank you for the question. The little kittens are quite different than an adult cat so it may take time. Following the steps in the article you have read already about accepting a kitten is exactly what I would recommend. It is essential that the kittens have a safe place to stay at all times. Take a look at this guide as well: https://wagwalking.com/training/accept-a-cat. Patience and continued short, safe introductions are all I can recommend. All the best to you and the animal gang!

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Kronos
Black Lab
2 Years
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Black Lab
2 Years

I have noticed issues with my dog since the new kitten was introduced into the house. After a few days we allowed the kitten out and supervised both of their behaviours with the other one. However, my dog got hissed at once and hasn't wanted to go near her since. That was the second day after the introduction. Now he is getting into the trash and grawling at the little kitten just for exploring a little further in the house. We have to kennel him up when she is out now. He tried to attack her about a week into her being here and his behaviour spiraled from there. I want them to get along fine, but right now I'm at a loss. Truefully the kitten is actually my roommates cat and the dog is ours. We have explained and shown that he is still our dog, but the bad behavior still continues. What do I do? It seems like the kitten does want to become friends, but Kronos is keeping her at arms length. I know putting in the kennel during this stage teaches him to resent her and I don't want that, but it's the only way that has worked so far to help with a quiet home. I want to get this figured out I really do. It's either that or our roommate will have to get rid of the kitten or we get rid of our dog or our roommate has to move again. It would be the second move in 2 months and I don't want him being homeless because of this situation.

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
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Hello, I agree that Kronos may feel resentment that he gets crated and the cat gets freedom when he was in the home first. However, safety is the main concern. Make sure that the cat always has a safe haven to get to, like a climbing tower or a gated off room. Instead of always crating your dog, try putting the cat in the cat carrier and having Kronos sit quietly beside the crate (further away and slowly inching closer day by day as you introduce). Start the introductions from day 1. Take a look here for more pointers: https://wagwalking.com/training/not-chase-cats. Make sure that you are taking Kronos out for extra walks - lengthy ones - for a break from the cat as well as for mental stimulation. When home, give him treat toys (for example an interactive feeder) that distracts him for a while when the cat is around. Keep watch all of the time so the cat is always safe. Good luck!

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Lizzy
Shih Tzu
14 Years
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Shih Tzu
14 Years

We had a stray kitten show up on our deck. We are trying to introduce Lizzy to it. The kitten is fine with Lizzy but Lizzy barks, cries, shakes and has a hissy fit when we try to introduce them. We got Lizzy from a shelter when she was 4. She can’t hear anymore so it makes it hard to get her to be calm.

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Cute photos! You can understand Lizzy's dismay - she's a senior canine and this is a big change to her world. Give her time and do not try to push the issue. As long as she is not trying to hurt the cat (and it does not seem so) just let her ignore the cat for now. Make sure that you are not changing Lizzy's routine at all. Still take her for her regular walks, give her lots of playtime and plenty of treats. Eventually she should be able to coexist with the kitten. I would get the kitten checked at the vet right away to make sure there are no parasites, worms, fleas, etc that can be added to the home or passed to Lizzy. Good luck!

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Karma
Pit bull
9 Months
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Pit bull
9 Months

my sister just got a little kitten maybe around 6 weeks old. My dog Karma Has tried to attack her on 3 different occasions. it is like she's trying to eat her what do I do? She has been around cats before so i don't understand why acts aggressive towards this kitten. Please help i don't want her to kill this kitten. And she is a good dog mostly

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Thank you for the photos! Firstly, work on the Crate Intro Method described on the page you are reading. https://wagwalking.com/training/accept-a-kitten Keep the kitten away from Karma otherwise. You can also look at all of the methods here: https://wagwalking.com/training/not-kill-cats. Practice over and over - it may take weeks or longer. Make sure that Karma is up to speed on her obedience commands (sit, down, come) and is getting tons of exercise. Train her to listen to you at all times: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you. If this training does not help, please call a trainer in your area with experience with aggression and prey drive. Keep the kitten safe in between training. All the best!

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Sky
Sky Terrier
10 Years
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Sky Terrier
10 Years

We adopted a rescue dog a few months ago. After doing so, we learned that our dogis deaf or hard of hearing (she is older). She was pretty quiet and kept to herself when we first got her but has slowly come out of her shell. Well, my niece (who lives with me) got a new kitten yesterday and their introduction to each other was not great. The dog gets too excited about the cat. She has tried putting the kitten in her mouth a couple times and because she is deaf, verbal commands don't work. How can we train our dog to get along with the kitten without verbal queues?

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Hello, it's not too late to start the introductions over. How does Sky do with the rest of her commands? Does she know and respond to them? Commands like "Sit" and "Stay" will work well in this situation. Here are a few pointers: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-deaf-dalmatian-puppy and https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-labrador-retriever-with-hand-signals. They may not work with your dog, but it's a start. As far as the kitten goes, do not let Sky get too close just yet. The Polite Introductions Method may work: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-greyhound-to-like-cats. Sometimes when a kitten or cat is put into a crate and brought into the room where the dog is over a period of several days, the introduction goes more smoothly. I would also search online for a forum with deaf dog owners and put the question out there. You may find advice for other issues, too. All the best!

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Benz
Border terrier cross
7 Years
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Benz
Border terrier cross
7 Years

We recently bought a 6 month old kitten and when we first introduced him to our 7 year old terrier cross dog it all went really well. They even slept on the landing together in their beds. But in the last couple of days whenever the kitten tries to go over to our dog to sniff or ‘wash’ the dog, he starts to growl and goes to bite the kitten. What’s the best way to go about this so, we try to reassure him when the kittens near but doesn’t seem to help!

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Hello, it is unfortunate that the happy beginning has now turned awry. However, the fact that they got along well in the beginning is a good sign. I don't think the problem is entirely Benz's fault. After all, he had 7 years of peace and now he has a kitten who is washing him. I would work with the kitten to try and keep them occupied and away from Benz if it continues, for at least a while. Make sure that Benz still has just as much affection - even more that he did before - and take him for more walks than previously. Shower him with affection so that he does not feel that the kitten is more important. Buy the kitten a cat tree to climb up if an escape is necessary. Place it near a window and chances are the cat will want to spend plenty of time up there looking out the window and not bothering Benz. Buy the cat specific cat toys to keep busy but at the same time, buy Benz a new toy, too. I am sure they will coexist eventually. All the best!

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Leo
Pit bull shitzu mix
4 Years
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Pit bull shitzu mix
4 Years

Hi.
I recently got a kitten who is about 2 months old (male) and my dog looks at the kitten as prey. He also doesn’t listen to commands when the kitten is around. I already put a baby gate and my dog learned how to jump over it. Will time help them get along? It’s been less than a week.
Thank you

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Hello and thank you for the photos. Keep the kitten safe and out of Leo's reach as you work through this. This guide has excellent instructions about introducing them safely. Take a look at all of the Methods and take advice from each. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-greyhound-to-like-cats. Be aware of the kitten's stress level. You don't want a dog who constantly chases and a cat who never comes out of hiding - not a peaceful household. Brush up on Leo's obedience commands and be sure to be consistent in training him to leave the cat alone. Don't leave Leo in the house unless the cat is secure in a closed room. Making it work is possible, it will just take a few weeks of consistent training. Read the guide and put it into practice. Exercise Leo a lot through walks and games of fetch and ball to tire him out as well. Good luck!

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Daisy
Cock-A-Poo
9 Years
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Cock-A-Poo
9 Years

Recently got a 8 week old kitten (Kiki). We keep a hold on daisy when she’s interacting with Kiki but she’s whining, trying to bite the kitten. I’m afraid that what we’re not handling daisy right. What tips can you give in awarding good behaviour without her getting over excited.
Kiki on the other hand has settled in fine, she has hiss at daisy but I think she’s doing fine

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Very cute! There are excellent tips here for introducing a dog and cat. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-like-cats/. Use the Do's and Don'ts Method and also the Socialization and Safety Method. Make sure that the kitten has a safe haven to escape to if needed. That is essential. Keep Daisy's routine the same so that it does not seem that the kitten is favored over her. I would watch every single interaction. Sometimes it helps to put the kitten in a cat cage and keep them in the same room as the dog, allowing the dog to get used to the kitten without being able to get close. Keep working on it - reinforce some of the commands that Daisy learned in dog training classes so that she is obedient when you are calling her away from the cat. Good luck!

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Tardis
cockapoo
7 Years
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cockapoo
7 Years

Hello, we adopted a kitten a week ago. She's 10 weeks old now. I've been trying to train the dog to get used to her. She has her litter and bed in a room in the basement. Dog never goes down there but we put a door on the basement in addition to the one already on her room (kitty can roam basement freely too with supervision)

The dog eventually realized she was down there. He's been a bit obsessed with the door now. He gives a little yap and whine. He also tends to be obsessed with his nose to the door and laying there the kitten has even played a bit pawing at his nose!

It seems to be going fine but I'm just wondering if this has been going fine.
My mom and sister (who wanted the cat mainly) keep freaking out that he wants to eat her. To the point she's ordered a muzzle and won't let me go further with them meeting (dog on leash sitting and letting cat come up on her own.)

Any advice you could give me? My sister thinks the dog sniffing the door with some whines and tail wags is him wanting to eat her. When he does that the cat is at the door interested in him.

Just wanting to know if I'm doing anything wrong and if you could give me anything to say to reassure my family that the kitten and dog are doing fine?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Adam, Pup's response is not unusual. It doesn't guarantee the kitten is safe or endanger - simply that pup is excited and aroused. Check out the articles linked below and proactively encouraging calmness between the animals with some safety measures in place - the back tie leash. The muzzle wouldn't hurt if it's introduced with treats to make it relaxing. The back tie leash should initially keep both safe enough if secure. The muzzle might be used once both are calm enough for more supervised freedom around each other. Muzzle introduction video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJTucFnmAbw&list=PLXtcKXk-QWojGYcl1NCg5UA5geEnmpx4a&index=6&t=0s Mild cat issue - teaching impulse control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWF2Ohik8iM Moderate cat issue - teaching impulse control using corrections and rewards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dPIC3Jtn0E Work on impulse control in general with pup, by teaching things that increase impulse control and calmness - such as a long, Place command around lots of distractions. Practicing the command until you get to the point where pup will stay on Place while you are working with the kitten in the same room. You can also back tie pup while they are on place - connecting a long leash attached to pup to something near the Place just in case pup were to try to get off Place before you could intervene. This keeps kitty safe while practicing and reinforces to pup that they can't get off the Place. The leash should be long enough that pup doesn't feel the leash while they are obediently staying on the Place because it has some slack in the leash. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Below are some other commands in general you can practice to help pup develop better impulse skill/self-control - impulse control takes practice for a dog to gain the ability to control herself. Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo Down-Stay: https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out - which means leave the room: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Darin
Mix
8 Years
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Mix
8 Years

Every time we bring a new animal into our home our dog trys to kill it. We had a puppy s few months ago that he tried to kill. We had a cat before and he was perfectly fine with. Now we got a new kitten and he won't even look at it. We tried to introduce them properly and at first the dog was okay, until he realized the cat was staying. Now he won't even look at us if we are holding the kitten. I don't know what to do. He gets along with animals outside of our home but not in our home

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello, It sounds like part of the issue might be pup being possessive of you, but it could also be other forms of aggression like prey drive toward the kitten. I suggest having a professional trainer evaluate pup in person. Look for someone who specializes in behavior issues, has experience with issues like possessiveness of people/resource guarding, and things like prey drive. Who uses positive reinforcement but also a lot of structure and fair corrections, and who comes well recommended by their clients. You need to have an idea of why pup is acting how they are toward the cat to know how to proceed. If the issue is prey drive, pup needs to be taught to avoid the cat and give space. If the issue is fear, pup needs to be desensitized to the cat. If pup is possessive of you and jealous, pup's respect for you also needs to be addressed and your relationship with pup addressed, in addition to doing things like teaching self-control and calmness. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Kody
German Shepherd
5 Years
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German Shepherd
5 Years

My dog seems to have a high prey drive towards my two kittens. Whenever we have him behind a gate while the kittens are in a room, he constantly whines and grunts. I’m not sure how to tame my dogs prey drive and I’m worried that if he were to some how get to the kittens he will kill them. The dog has been trying to move the gate to get to the kittens. Please let me know anything that we can do, I’m really worried.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Autumn, First, the level of pup's prey drive and intent toward the cats effects whether or not this is something I would recommend trying on your own, or a private trainer needs to be worked with while addressing this issue. Either way be sure to take safety measures like secure back tie leash and harness to keep kittens safe while training. A basket muzzle may also be needed for added safety - but isn't enough without the back tie due to pup's size. Check out the videos linked below. Mild cat issue - teaching impulse control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWF2Ohik8iM Moderate cat issue - teaching impulse control using corrections and rewards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dPIC3Jtn0E Severe cat issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MLJV5PBh7Y More e-collar work with cats with the same dog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8lkbX0dhT0 Work on impulse control in general with pup, by teaching things that increase impulse control and calmness - such as a long, Place command around lots of distractions. Practicing the command until you get to the point where pup will stay on Place while you are working with the kitten in the same room. You can also back tie pup while they are on place - connecting a long leash attached to pup to something near the Place just in case pup were to try to get off Place before you could intervene. This keeps kitty safe while practicing and reinforces to pup that they can't get off the Place. The leash should be long enough that pup doesn't feel the leash while they are obediently staying on the Place because it has some slack in the leash. Be sure to use secure equipment - leash/collar/harness that won't break, and attach to something very secure just in case. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Below are some other commands in general you can practice to help pup develop better impulse skill/self-control - impulse control takes practice for a dog to gain the ability to control himself and listen to you. Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo Down-Stay: https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out - which means leave the room: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Bailey
Jack Russel patterdale staff
9 Years
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Jack Russel patterdale staff
9 Years

I have 2 dogs. One staff who is very good and dislike and her son, who is castrated. He does not get along with other dogs and will fight. He tends to bite down on them but not mark them. I have 2 new kittens. About 6 weeks. They are very young as farm cats. I’ve been keeping them in a big crate while settling into the house and Slowly trying to introduce them and the dog has been very good but did lunch at The cage once. He trembles and has a nervous manner when near the kittens. I’ve put him on a lead and let him sniff the kittens, and fussed him when he relaxed after I took the kitten away. We’ve had the kittens a week now and they are roaming the house, I put bailey away for them to do this as my other dog is fine. Today I tried introducing him off leash and he was very good, no trembling. Sniffed the kitten throughly but then slowly opened his mouth and tried putting the kitten in his mouth. I sternly said no and removed the kitten. I am worried that he will not except them And I don’t want him to harm or rag or kill the kitten. I’m not sure what to do.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Clare, First, know that the severity of pup's reaction will largely determine how you go about this. Since I am not there in person I cannot speak to where pup is at. If it does turn out to be more severe, I suggest hiring a professional trainer with experience in this area to help with a harder case. Check out the videos linked below. I would start with working on pup's self-control around the kittens, him ignoring the kittens and generally acclimating to them while practicing things like Place. Mild cat issue - teaching impulse control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWF2Ohik8iM Moderate cat issue - teaching impulse control using corrections and rewards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dPIC3Jtn0E Severe cat issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MLJV5PBh7Y More e-collar work with cats with the same dog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8lkbX0dhT0 Work on impulse control in general with pup, by teaching things that increase impulse control and calmness - such as a long, Place command around lots of distractions. Practicing the command until you get to the point where pup will stay on Place while you are working with the kitten in the same room. You can also back tie pup while they are on place - connecting a long leash attached to pup to something near the Place just in case pup were to try to get off Place before you could intervene. This keeps kitty safe while practicing and reinforces to pup that they can't get off the Place. The leash should be long enough that pup doesn't feel the leash while they are obediently staying on the Place because it has some slack in the leash. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Below are some other commands in general you can practice to help pup develop better impulse skill/self-control - impulse control takes practice for a dog to gain the ability to control herself. Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo Down-Stay: https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out - which means leave the room: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Bella
Shih Tzu
6 Years
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Shih Tzu
6 Years

Bella is on left of picture.i brought new kitten home last week I have been doing scent exchanges & they have been in same room on couch while Bella being on leash she won’t take her eyes of kitten & refuses any treats offered we let kitten play freely while she watches she sits & shakes & whines what else can I try

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Hello, it may take considerably longer for Bella to get comfortable with this new furry creature who has entered her home. Make sure that both animals have a safe place to go, so that each cannot bother the other. Although this guide refers to dogs, I feel that the principles can be used for dogs and cats as well: https://wagwalking.com/training/accept-a-new-dog. See the Respect the Resident Method. Bella has to still feel as though she is number one. Give her even more attention than normal and take her for plenty of walks. You can also try putting the kitten in their carrier with the door safely closed and leaving the carrier on the floor so that Bella can investigate and sniff. Make sure the kitten likes the carrier and does not feel intimidated or afraid when Bella is moving around. If the kitten hisses, it may scare Bella even more. I would try that along with what you are already doing. Remember, it could take weeks for Bella to accept the kitten. And they may never be the best of friends. Good luck!

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Polly
Pit bull/ Great dane
2 Years
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Pit bull/ Great dane
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I have a 2 year old Great Dane/pittie mix that we’ve had since she was 4 months old. She’s never been around cats before as I wasn’t allowed to have a cat in my parents house. We recently moved out and got a kitten. He is 7 weeks old. And feisty. My dog did great with him when there was a barrier between them. But since we’ve been letting him have more freedom in the evening while we watch them both. My dog wants to lay with the kitten which the kitten allows to an extent. And then my dog begins to nibble. Tonight I had them both out and she put her paw on the kitten. At which point I separated them. How do I prevent her from pawing him or nibbling him?

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Hello! It sounds like you lucked out. I hear some pretty insane stories about introducing kittens in a household with a dog. For the most part, I usually tell my customers that cats (even kittens) will absolutely let a dog know when a boundary has been crossed. While it is best for humans to stay out of it and let the animals sort it out, your kitten is still super young! So I think teaching your dog "leave it" is best for this scenario. Any time you feel that Polly is potentially being over powering, you can tell her to leave it. Leave it is great for anything you want your dog to break her attention away from. Or to stop getting into, paying attention to, etc. It is used in place of the word "no". They often learn very early on to ignore the word "no" since we apply it to basically everything. This is a specific command to "leave the kitten alone!" Teaching a dog 'leave it' Teaching “leave it” is not difficult. Begin the lessons inside your home or in an area with very few distractions. Here are the steps for teaching “leave it”: Make sure you have two different types of treats. One type can be fairly boring to the dog, but the other type should be a high-value treat that he finds pretty delicious. You will also want to make sure that the treats are broken up into pea-sized pieces so it won’t take him too long to eat them. Put one type of treat in each hand. If you like to train with a clicker as your marker, you can also hold a clicker in the same hand that holds the high-value treat. Then, place both of your hands behind your back. Make a fist with the hand that is holding the treat of lower value and present your fist to your dog, letting him sniff. Say “leave it” and wait until he finishes sniffing your fist. As soon as your dog is done sniffing, you can either click with the clicker or say “yes.” Then offer him the higher-value treat in your other hand. Repeat until your dog immediately stops sniffing your hand when you say “leave it.” When you say “leave it” and he stops sniffing right away, leash your dog and then toss a low-value treat outside of his reach. Wait until he stops sniffing and pulling toward the treat. As soon as he does, either say “yes” or click and then give him a high-value treat from your hand. Practice this exercise a number of times. Over time, by practicing “leave it,” your dog should stop pulling as soon as you give the cue. When rewarding him with a treat, make sure that it is something good, not plain old kibble. By doing so, you are teaching him that asking him to leave some food doesn’t mean he won’t get anything, but that in fact he might get something even more delicious. When your dog is reliably responding to the cue, you can teach him that “leave it” can apply to other things as well, not just food on the floor. Repeat the exercise with five different items that are fairly boring to your dog. After using five different “boring” items, start using slightly more exciting items. You know your dog, so you alone know what items he would consider more interesting, but don’t jump to high-value items right away. To increase his chances of success at learning the cue, you want to work up to high-value items gradually. If Kleenex or a piece of plastic, for instance, would attract your dog on a walk, don’t start with those. Choose the items based on your ultimate goal: Anytime you say “leave it,” you want to be confident that your dog will indeed leave whatever you are asking him to leave. . The reward he receives when he leaves an item can change as well. If your dog has a favorite toy, squeak it and play for a moment when he comes running to you after leaving the other item of interest. Most dogs love interacting with us, so a moment of praise or play with a toy can be just as effective as a treat. Keep it fun Even though you’re practicing “leave it” as a way to keep your dog safe, you want him to see it as a fun game you play. When your dog is proficient at the game in your home, start practicing in a variety of locations with more distractions. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Thanks for writing in!

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Lady
Alaskan Malamute
5 Years
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Lady
Alaskan Malamute
5 Years

We have a 5 year old female Alaskan Malamute. We rescued her as an adult so we don't know what she was introduced to as a puppy, or previous displays of prey drive etc. We recently added a kitten to our home. As we are aware Malamutes tend to have high prey drives we introduced them very carefully. The malamute has not lunged or chased the kitten or acted aggressively. Even when the kitten thwapped her on the nose she just looked down at her unbothered. Here is the odd thing, she stares intensely at the kitten and while I was watching her she appeared to drool (she rarely drools ever) and lick her lips. She will just sit there and watch her every move like she is obsessed. Is this curiosity or does my dog want to eat my kitten??

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
225 Dog owners recommended

Hello! It sounds like your dog is interested/overly excited. Larger breed dogs salivate a lot when they are excited. It's not so much of a response of "I am going to eat you". For the most part, I usually tell my customers that cats (even kittens) will absolutely let a dog know when a boundary has been crossed. While it is best for humans to stay out of it and let the animals sort it out, your kitten is still super young! So I think teaching your dog "leave it" is best for this scenario. Any time you feel that Lady is potentially being over powering, you can tell her to leave it. Leave it is great for anything you want your dog to break her attention away from. Or to stop getting into, paying attention to, etc. It is used in place of the word "no". They often learn very early on to ignore the word "no" since we apply it to basically everything. This is a specific command to "leave the kitten alone!" Teaching a dog 'leave it' Teaching “leave it” is not difficult. Begin the lessons inside your home or in an area with very few distractions. Here are the steps for teaching “leave it”: Make sure you have two different types of treats. One type can be fairly boring to the dog, but the other type should be a high-value treat that he finds pretty delicious. You will also want to make sure that the treats are broken up into pea-sized pieces so it won’t take him too long to eat them. Put one type of treat in each hand. If you like to train with a clicker as your marker, you can also hold a clicker in the same hand that holds the high-value treat. Then, place both of your hands behind your back. Make a fist with the hand that is holding the treat of lower value and present your fist to your dog, letting him sniff. Say “leave it” and wait until he finishes sniffing your fist. As soon as your dog is done sniffing, you can either click with the clicker or say “yes.” Then offer him the higher-value treat in your other hand. Repeat until your dog immediately stops sniffing your hand when you say “leave it.” When you say “leave it” and he stops sniffing right away, leash your dog and then toss a low-value treat outside of his reach. Wait until he stops sniffing and pulling toward the treat. As soon as he does, either say “yes” or click and then give him a high-value treat from your hand. Practice this exercise a number of times. Over time, by practicing “leave it,” your dog should stop pulling as soon as you give the cue. When rewarding him with a treat, make sure that it is something good, not plain old kibble. By doing so, you are teaching him that asking him to leave some food doesn’t mean he won’t get anything, but that in fact he might get something even more delicious. When your dog is reliably responding to the cue, you can teach him that “leave it” can apply to other things as well, not just food on the floor. Repeat the exercise with five different items that are fairly boring to your dog. After using five different “boring” items, start using slightly more exciting items. You know your dog, so you alone know what items he would consider more interesting, but don’t jump to high-value items right away. To increase his chances of success at learning the cue, you want to work up to high-value items gradually. If Kleenex or a piece of plastic, for instance, would attract your dog on a walk, don’t start with those. Choose the items based on your ultimate goal: Anytime you say “leave it,” you want to be confident that your dog will indeed leave whatever you are asking him to leave. . The reward he receives when he leaves an item can change as well. If your dog has a favorite toy, squeak it and play for a moment when he comes running to you after leaving the other item of interest. Most dogs love interacting with us, so a moment of praise or play with a toy can be just as effective as a treat. Keep it fun Even though you’re practicing “leave it” as a way to keep your dog safe, you want him to see it as a fun game you play. When your dog is proficient at the game in your home, start practicing in a variety of locations with more distractions. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Thanks for writing in!

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penny
Border Collie
8 Years
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penny
Border Collie
8 Years

I have 2 border collies, one 8 and one 3. i got a kitten last week whilst the dogs were away with family and let kitten settle in for 2 weeks. dogs are now home and they don’t like each other. they aren’t fighting, cat running etc but my dog runs away from the cat and she hisses and growls when they get too close. what should i
do because i can’t let my dogs stay upset but i really want to keep my kitten

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
225 Dog owners recommended

Hi there. It sounds like you have your hands full! Your best bet is to desensitize them a little to the kitten. The dogs need to learn that the kitten is just a normal part of the household. So we need to teach them to become less excited/reactive by the kitten. If you are up for this, it is going to take about a month of consistent practice before you see results. You will want to start out by teaching them "leave it". Leave is great for anything you want your dog to leave alone. Instructions on leave it will be at the end of this response. After about a week or so of working on the command, you can start by practicing with them on leash so you have more control. You can do one at a time, or both together if you have decent control over them. Any time they even look at the kitten, you give the command leave it. Once they break their attention away from the kitten, you reward them with a treat. Ideally, you want to them to be sitting and looking at you. But in the beginning stages, as long as they aren't focused on the kitten, you can reward them. You will literally practice this over and over, while moving closer to the kitten until they are no longer interested in the kitten. While this method takes a while, it is the best in relaying the messages across to your dogs. The kitten needs to be left alone! Here are the steps for "leave it" Teaching a dog 'leave it' Teaching “leave it” is not difficult. Begin the lessons inside your home or in an area with very few distractions. Here are the steps for teaching “leave it”: Make sure you have two different types of treats. One type can be fairly boring to the dog, but the other type should be a high-value treat that he finds pretty delicious. You will also want to make sure that the treats are broken up into pea-sized pieces so it won’t take him too long to eat them. Put one type of treat in each hand. If you like to train with a clicker as your marker, you can also hold a clicker in the same hand that holds the high-value treat. Then, place both of your hands behind your back. Make a fist with the hand that is holding the treat of lower value and present your fist to your dog, letting him sniff. Say “leave it” and wait until he finishes sniffing your fist. As soon as your dog is done sniffing, you can either click with the clicker or say “yes.” Then offer him the higher-value treat in your other hand. Repeat until your dog immediately stops sniffing your hand when you say “leave it.” When you say “leave it” and he stops sniffing right away, leash your dog and then toss a low-value treat outside of his reach. Wait until he stops sniffing and pulling toward the treat. As soon as he does, either say “yes” or click and then give him a high-value treat from your hand. Practice this exercise a number of times. Over time, by practicing “leave it,” your dog should stop pulling as soon as you give the cue. When rewarding him with a treat, make sure that it is something good, not plain old kibble. By doing so, you are teaching him that asking him to leave some food doesn’t mean he won’t get anything, but that in fact he might get something even more delicious. When your dog is reliably responding to the cue, you can teach him that “leave it” can apply to other things as well, not just food on the floor. Repeat the exercise with five different items that are fairly boring to your dog. After using five different “boring” items, start using slightly more exciting items. You know your dog, so you alone know what items he would consider more interesting, but don’t jump to high-value items right away. To increase his chances of success at learning the cue, you want to work up to high-value items gradually. If Kleenex or a piece of plastic, for instance, would attract your dog on a walk, don’t start with those. Choose the items based on your ultimate goal: Anytime you say “leave it,” you want to be confident that your dog will indeed leave whatever you are asking him to leave. . The reward he receives when he leaves an item can change as well. If your dog has a favorite toy, squeak it and play for a moment when he comes running to you after leaving the other item of interest. Most dogs love interacting with us, so a moment of praise or play with a toy can be just as effective as a treat. Keep it fun Even though you’re practicing “leave it” as a way to keep your dog safe, you want him to see it as a fun game you play. When your dog is proficient at the game in your home, start practicing in a variety of locations with more distractions.

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Koa
Retriever- Pit Bull Mix
5 Years
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Retriever- Pit Bull Mix
5 Years

Hello! We got a new kitten a couple weeks ago and at first it was going pretty well. Koa and Carter were able to be in the same room unstrained as long as my boyfriend was in the room with them. They slept less than a foot away from each other on my boyfriend no problem for hours. But the next day Koa went after the cat thinking he was a toy. Ever since, we have not trusted her unrestrained with him. We’ve been introducing them every night with her in her crate with him on the outside and she still growls and barks at him during these introductions but she doesn’t do it the whole time. Its hard to tell what triggers it. She’ll do it if hes too close to the crate but other times she doesn’t care. Then sometimes she’ll growl when hes far from the crate just watching, but then goes back to being okay with it. She is able to break her attention pretty quickly but we are worried she’ll snap on him since we arent sure what triggers her to growl

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
225 Dog owners recommended

Hello! It sounds like your dog is interested/overly excited. For the most part, I usually tell my customers that cats (even kittens) will absolutely let a dog know when a boundary has been crossed. While it is best for humans to stay out of it and let the animals sort it out, your kitten is still super young! So I think teaching your dog "leave it" is best for this scenario. Any time you feel that Lady is potentially being over powering, you can tell her to leave it. Leave it is great for anything you want your dog to break her attention away from. Or to stop getting into, paying attention to, etc. It is used in place of the word "no". They often learn very early on to ignore the word "no" since we apply it to basically everything. This is a specific command to "leave the kitten alone!" Teaching a dog 'leave it' Teaching “leave it” is not difficult. Begin the lessons inside your home or in an area with very few distractions. Here are the steps for teaching “leave it”: Make sure you have two different types of treats. One type can be fairly boring to the dog, but the other type should be a high-value treat that he finds pretty delicious. You will also want to make sure that the treats are broken up into pea-sized pieces so it won’t take him too long to eat them. Put one type of treat in each hand. If you like to train with a clicker as your marker, you can also hold a clicker in the same hand that holds the high-value treat. Then, place both of your hands behind your back. Make a fist with the hand that is holding the treat of lower value and present your fist to your dog, letting him sniff. Say “leave it” and wait until he finishes sniffing your fist. As soon as your dog is done sniffing, you can either click with the clicker or say “yes.” Then offer him the higher-value treat in your other hand. Repeat until your dog immediately stops sniffing your hand when you say “leave it.” When you say “leave it” and he stops sniffing right away, leash your dog and then toss a low-value treat outside of his reach. Wait until he stops sniffing and pulling toward the treat. As soon as he does, either say “yes” or click and then give him a high-value treat from your hand. Practice this exercise a number of times. Over time, by practicing “leave it,” your dog should stop pulling as soon as you give the cue. When rewarding him with a treat, make sure that it is something good, not plain old kibble. By doing so, you are teaching him that asking him to leave some food doesn’t mean he won’t get anything, but that in fact he might get something even more delicious. When your dog is reliably responding to the cue, you can teach him that “leave it” can apply to other things as well, not just food on the floor. Repeat the exercise with five different items that are fairly boring to your dog. After using five different “boring” items, start using slightly more exciting items. You know your dog, so you alone know what items he would consider more interesting, but don’t jump to high-value items right away. To increase his chances of success at learning the cue, you want to work up to high-value items gradually. If Kleenex or a piece of plastic, for instance, would attract your dog on a walk, don’t start with those. Choose the items based on your ultimate goal: Anytime you say “leave it,” you want to be confident that your dog will indeed leave whatever you are asking him to leave. . The reward he receives when he leaves an item can change as well. If your dog has a favorite toy, squeak it and play for a moment when he comes running to you after leaving the other item of interest. Most dogs love interacting with us, so a moment of praise or play with a toy can be just as effective as a treat. Keep it fun Even though you’re practicing “leave it” as a way to keep your dog safe, you want him to see it as a fun game you play. When your dog is proficient at the game in your home, start practicing in a variety of locations with more distractions. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Thanks for writing in!

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Archie
Shih Tzu
8 Years
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Shih Tzu
8 Years

My dog keeps barking at the new kitten, but his tail is wagging? The kitten was a stray and so unfortunately is very skittish. She has stopped hissing and growling at him and actually seems quite indifferent to him unless he gets too close. The neighbours have complained about his barking so I am keen for them to get along. The kitten is approx 10 weeks old. Thank you

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
225 Dog owners recommended

Hello! It sounds like your dog is interested/overly excited. For the most part, I usually tell my customers that cats (even kittens) will absolutely let a dog know when a boundary has been crossed. While it is best for humans to stay out of it and let the animals sort it out, your kitten is still super young! So I think teaching your dog "leave it" is best for this scenario. Any time you feel that Lady is potentially being over powering, you can tell her to leave it. Leave it is great for anything you want your dog to break her attention away from. Or to stop getting into, paying attention to, etc. It is used in place of the word "no". They often learn very early on to ignore the word "no" since we apply it to basically everything. This is a specific command to "leave the kitten alone!" Teaching a dog 'leave it' Teaching “leave it” is not difficult. Begin the lessons inside your home or in an area with very few distractions. Here are the steps for teaching “leave it”: Make sure you have two different types of treats. One type can be fairly boring to the dog, but the other type should be a high-value treat that he finds pretty delicious. You will also want to make sure that the treats are broken up into pea-sized pieces so it won’t take him too long to eat them. Put one type of treat in each hand. If you like to train with a clicker as your marker, you can also hold a clicker in the same hand that holds the high-value treat. Then, place both of your hands behind your back. Make a fist with the hand that is holding the treat of lower value and present your fist to your dog, letting him sniff. Say “leave it” and wait until he finishes sniffing your fist. As soon as your dog is done sniffing, you can either click with the clicker or say “yes.” Then offer him the higher-value treat in your other hand. Repeat until your dog immediately stops sniffing your hand when you say “leave it.” When you say “leave it” and he stops sniffing right away, leash your dog and then toss a low-value treat outside of his reach. Wait until he stops sniffing and pulling toward the treat. As soon as he does, either say “yes” or click and then give him a high-value treat from your hand. Practice this exercise a number of times. Over time, by practicing “leave it,” your dog should stop pulling as soon as you give the cue. When rewarding him with a treat, make sure that it is something good, not plain old kibble. By doing so, you are teaching him that asking him to leave some food doesn’t mean he won’t get anything, but that in fact he might get something even more delicious. When your dog is reliably responding to the cue, you can teach him that “leave it” can apply to other things as well, not just food on the floor. Repeat the exercise with five different items that are fairly boring to your dog. After using five different “boring” items, start using slightly more exciting items. You know your dog, so you alone know what items he would consider more interesting, but don’t jump to high-value items right away. To increase his chances of success at learning the cue, you want to work up to high-value items gradually. If Kleenex or a piece of plastic, for instance, would attract your dog on a walk, don’t start with those. Choose the items based on your ultimate goal: Anytime you say “leave it,” you want to be confident that your dog will indeed leave whatever you are asking him to leave. . The reward he receives when he leaves an item can change as well. If your dog has a favorite toy, squeak it and play for a moment when he comes running to you after leaving the other item of interest. Most dogs love interacting with us, so a moment of praise or play with a toy can be just as effective as a treat. Keep it fun Even though you’re practicing “leave it” as a way to keep your dog safe, you want him to see it as a fun game you play. When your dog is proficient at the game in your home, start practicing in a variety of locations with more distractions. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Thanks for writing in!

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Finley
Poodle
4 Years
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Poodle
4 Years

We introduced our new kitten to our dog and things were going well for the first few days. But now our dog has begun resource guarding and shoring signs of aggression towards the kitten whenever he tries to eat or play

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
225 Dog owners recommended

Hello! For the most part, I usually tell my customers that cats (even kittens) will absolutely let a dog know when a boundary has been crossed. While it is best for humans to stay out of it and let the animals sort it out, your kitten is still super young! So I think teaching your dog "leave it" is best for this scenario. Any time you feel that Lady is potentially being over powering, you can tell her to leave it. Leave it is great for anything you want your dog to break her attention away from. Or to stop getting into, paying attention to, etc. It is used in place of the word "no". They often learn very early on to ignore the word "no" since we apply it to basically everything. This is a specific command to "leave the kitten alone!" Teaching a dog 'leave it' Teaching “leave it” is not difficult. Begin the lessons inside your home or in an area with very few distractions. Here are the steps for teaching “leave it”: Make sure you have two different types of treats. One type can be fairly boring to the dog, but the other type should be a high-value treat that he finds pretty delicious. You will also want to make sure that the treats are broken up into pea-sized pieces so it won’t take him too long to eat them. Put one type of treat in each hand. If you like to train with a clicker as your marker, you can also hold a clicker in the same hand that holds the high-value treat. Then, place both of your hands behind your back. Make a fist with the hand that is holding the treat of lower value and present your fist to your dog, letting him sniff. Say “leave it” and wait until he finishes sniffing your fist. As soon as your dog is done sniffing, you can either click with the clicker or say “yes.” Then offer him the higher-value treat in your other hand. Repeat until your dog immediately stops sniffing your hand when you say “leave it.” When you say “leave it” and he stops sniffing right away, leash your dog and then toss a low-value treat outside of his reach. Wait until he stops sniffing and pulling toward the treat. As soon as he does, either say “yes” or click and then give him a high-value treat from your hand. Practice this exercise a number of times. Over time, by practicing “leave it,” your dog should stop pulling as soon as you give the cue. When rewarding him with a treat, make sure that it is something good, not plain old kibble. By doing so, you are teaching him that asking him to leave some food doesn’t mean he won’t get anything, but that in fact he might get something even more delicious. When your dog is reliably responding to the cue, you can teach him that “leave it” can apply to other things as well, not just food on the floor. Repeat the exercise with five different items that are fairly boring to your dog. After using five different “boring” items, start using slightly more exciting items. You know your dog, so you alone know what items he would consider more interesting, but don’t jump to high-value items right away. To increase his chances of success at learning the cue, you want to work up to high-value items gradually. If Kleenex or a piece of plastic, for instance, would attract your dog on a walk, don’t start with those. Choose the items based on your ultimate goal: Anytime you say “leave it,” you want to be confident that your dog will indeed leave whatever you are asking him to leave. . The reward he receives when he leaves an item can change as well. If your dog has a favorite toy, squeak it and play for a moment when he comes running to you after leaving the other item of interest. Most dogs love interacting with us, so a moment of praise or play with a toy can be just as effective as a treat. Keep it fun Even though you’re practicing “leave it” as a way to keep your dog safe, you want him to see it as a fun game you play. When your dog is proficient at the game in your home, start practicing in a variety of locations with more distractions. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Thanks for writing in!

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Bella
Chihuahua
8 Years
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Chihuahua
8 Years

A stray 6 week old kitten(JJ) showed up at our house, eyes matted and meowing profusely. We took her in, took her to the vet and decided to keep her. Bella is so used to being the only “child” so we were worried. She’s not doing anything really bad but if JJ gets too close, Bella snaps are her. Also, I’m working from home and Bella stays right beside me and follows me. Bella’s not eating her own food, she waits until we’re not looking and eats JJ’s kitten food. I know she’s obviously jealous and we didn’t do the proper introductions from the beginning. We’ve had her for 6 weeks now and would like some recommendations on how to help them, mainly Bella, be more accepting.

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
225 Dog owners recommended

Hello! It sounds like your dog is interested/overly excited. For the most part, I usually tell my customers that cats (even kittens) will absolutely let a dog know when a boundary has been crossed. While it is best for humans to stay out of it and let the animals sort it out, your kitten is still super young! So I think teaching your dog "leave it" is best for this scenario. Any time you feel that Lady is potentially being over powering, you can tell her to leave it. Leave it is great for anything you want your dog to break her attention away from. Or to stop getting into, paying attention to, etc. It is used in place of the word "no". They often learn very early on to ignore the word "no" since we apply it to basically everything. This is a specific command to "leave the kitten alone!" Teaching a dog 'leave it' Teaching “leave it” is not difficult. Begin the lessons inside your home or in an area with very few distractions. Here are the steps for teaching “leave it”: Make sure you have two different types of treats. One type can be fairly boring to the dog, but the other type should be a high-value treat that he finds pretty delicious. You will also want to make sure that the treats are broken up into pea-sized pieces so it won’t take him too long to eat them. Put one type of treat in each hand. If you like to train with a clicker as your marker, you can also hold a clicker in the same hand that holds the high-value treat. Then, place both of your hands behind your back. Make a fist with the hand that is holding the treat of lower value and present your fist to your dog, letting him sniff. Say “leave it” and wait until he finishes sniffing your fist. As soon as your dog is done sniffing, you can either click with the clicker or say “yes.” Then offer him the higher-value treat in your other hand. Repeat until your dog immediately stops sniffing your hand when you say “leave it.” When you say “leave it” and he stops sniffing right away, leash your dog and then toss a low-value treat outside of his reach. Wait until he stops sniffing and pulling toward the treat. As soon as he does, either say “yes” or click and then give him a high-value treat from your hand. Practice this exercise a number of times. Over time, by practicing “leave it,” your dog should stop pulling as soon as you give the cue. When rewarding him with a treat, make sure that it is something good, not plain old kibble. By doing so, you are teaching him that asking him to leave some food doesn’t mean he won’t get anything, but that in fact he might get something even more delicious. When your dog is reliably responding to the cue, you can teach him that “leave it” can apply to other things as well, not just food on the floor. Repeat the exercise with five different items that are fairly boring to your dog. After using five different “boring” items, start using slightly more exciting items. You know your dog, so you alone know what items he would consider more interesting, but don’t jump to high-value items right away. To increase his chances of success at learning the cue, you want to work up to high-value items gradually. If Kleenex or a piece of plastic, for instance, would attract your dog on a walk, don’t start with those. Choose the items based on your ultimate goal: Anytime you say “leave it,” you want to be confident that your dog will indeed leave whatever you are asking him to leave. . The reward he receives when he leaves an item can change as well. If your dog has a favorite toy, squeak it and play for a moment when he comes running to you after leaving the other item of interest. Most dogs love interacting with us, so a moment of praise or play with a toy can be just as effective as a treat. Keep it fun Even though you’re practicing “leave it” as a way to keep your dog safe, you want him to see it as a fun game you play. When your dog is proficient at the game in your home, start practicing in a variety of locations with more distractions. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Thanks for writing in!

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Jax
Jack Russell Terrier
15 Years
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Jack Russell Terrier
15 Years

I’ve had my dog for 15 yrs. i recently got a kitten. He was 6 weeks old, now 8 weeks. I’ve been trying many of the tips suggested to help my dog accept out kitten but still isn’t going any better. The dog just wants to bite the kitten. He is very curious along with high strung and this has created anxiety in him. The kitten is good as long as he feels safe but i can’t trust them together at all. I spend all of my time going back and forth sharing my time with each of them. I bring them together during the day just a little and holding the kitten. The dog comes over and wants to be involved but always takes the opportunity to try and bite the little kitten. I wonder if it will get better as the kitten grows. But in the meantime any suggestions would be appreciated!!

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Hello, it may take Jax a long time to accept the kitten and he may never. You are right to keep them separated and always make sure that the cat has a safe haven to retreat to in case they accidentally cross paths when you are not at home. Perhaps as the cat gets bigger, things will improve, but remember your dog comes from hunting and catching prey lineage, and at 15 years of age, the kitten will be very foreign. Even though this pertains to dogs, there are good tips: https://wagwalking.com/training/accept-a-new-dog. As well, look here and choose a method that you think will work with Jax: https://wagwalking.com/training/not-kill-small-animals. Always keep the kitten safe and practice the methods 10 minutes every day. Keep at it and eventually Jax may learn to be less interested in the cat. Good luck!

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Tux
Shih-Poo
4 Years
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Shih-Poo
4 Years

I have been following the introduction method to my dog with a new kitten.
I moved 6 weeks ago into a bungalow so the dog is settling very well. This is why we got a kitten now as it’s a new place.

My Shih-poo has charmed a lot as he was getting excited at first of the new arrival. Now he is lowering his body, watching but then out of the blue he jumps forward. I reward the good calm behaviour but when he does this I move him close to me on a tight lead. He lying down and staying but unexpected he jumps forward.

Today I placed the kitten in the pet carrier today while she slept, placed it next to me on the sofa. I had my dog on the lead, On my knee, stroking, playing and talking to him. Then out of the blue he jumped on the pet carrier, the kitten was a sleep and was unaware. I removed the pet carrier with kitten back into my daughter room and let my dog back off the lead.

Is this normal my dog looking submissive, then lurches forward, nudges or jumps on ? He is playing or is the kitten causing him stress.

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
225 Dog owners recommended

Hello! If he isn't showing any other signs of aggression (growling, showing teeth, or biting) then it sounds like he is trying to engage play. And he is using his body language to show he is not a threat by lowering himself.

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Suki
Lhasa Apso
2 Years
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Lhasa Apso
2 Years

I have this dog since she was a puppy, I also have 3 cats and another dog who is 16 to 17 years old. Suki is a Lhasa Apso she doesn't mind my other dog or 2 cats. My other cat Skye she had 4 kittens and now they are getting playful so you know we have to let them out but now we can't because Suki hates the mammy cat and now she is trying to bite the kittens. It's a bit stressful cause I don't want to pick any of them Suki is the only thing left of my dad I would really appreciate for the help I need with her. Suki's owner

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Angel, First, know that kittens are especially tempting for dogs, they tend to be viewed as prey even more than adult cats, so you have to be especially careful to protect the kittens. If you plan to keep the mother cat and any of the kittens especially long term, you may need to hire a professional trainer who is experienced with this type of issue to help you implement the training, depending on the severity of the issue - mild, moderate or severe, and which methods or tools are needed due to severity of the issue. Mild cat issue - teaching impulse control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWF2Ohik8iM Moderate cat issue - teaching impulse control using corrections and rewards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dPIC3Jtn0E Severe cat issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MLJV5PBh7Y More e-collar work with cats with the same dog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8lkbX0dhT0 Work on impulse control in general with pup, by teaching things that increase impulse control and calmness - such as a long, Place command around lots of distractions. Practicing the command until you get to the point where pup will stay on Place while you are working with the kitten in the same room. You can also back tie pup while they are on place - connecting a long leash attached to pup to something near the Place just in case pup were to try to get off Place before you could intervene. This keeps kitty safe while practicing and reinforces to pup that they can't get off the Place. The leash should be long enough that pup doesn't feel the leash while they are obediently staying on the Place because it has some slack in the leash. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Below are some other commands in general you can practice to help pup develop better impulse skill/self-control - impulse control takes practice for a dog to gain the ability to control herself. Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo Down-Stay: https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out - which means leave the room: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Smoke
Great Dane
4 Years
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Great Dane
4 Years

I started introducing Smoke to my new kitten. I hold him everytime. He gets very excited, but still is gentle when I hold the kitten near him. However, if the kitten begins to play, jump, or run, Smoke lunges for him. He hasn't bit him, simply licked, and once nipped, but not aggressively. It's been 2 days since having the kitten. There's been two intense interactions, but no injuries from claws or bites.

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Your best bet in this situation is to go with a method to desensitize him to the kitten. Smoke needs to learn that the kitten is just a normal part of the household. So we need to teach him to become less reactive by the kitten. If you are up for this, it is going to take about a month of consistent practice before you see results. You will want to start out by teaching him "leave it". Leave is great for anything you want your dog to leave alone. Instructions on leave it will be at the end of this response. After about a week or so of working on the command, you can start taking him around the cats while on leash. Any time he even looks at the kitten, you give the command leave it. Once he breaks his attention away from the kitten, you reward him with a treat. Ideally, you want to him to be sitting and looking at you. But in the beginning stages, as long as he isn't focused on the kitten, you can reward him. You will literally practice this over and over, while moving closer to the cats until he is no longer interested in the kitten. While this method takes a while, it is the best in relaying the messages across to your dog. The cats need to be left alone! Here are the steps for "leave it" Teaching a dog 'leave it' Teaching “leave it” is not difficult. Begin the lessons inside your home or in an area with very few distractions. Here are the steps for teaching “leave it”: Make sure you have two different types of treats. One type can be fairly boring to the dog, but the other type should be a high-value treat that he finds pretty delicious. You will also want to make sure that the treats are broken up into pea-sized pieces so it won’t take him too long to eat them. Put one type of treat in each hand. If you like to train with a clicker as your marker, you can also hold a clicker in the same hand that holds the high-value treat. Then, place both of your hands behind your back. Make a fist with the hand that is holding the treat of lower value and present your fist to your dog, letting him sniff. Say “leave it” and wait until he finishes sniffing your fist. As soon as your dog is done sniffing, you can either click with the clicker or say “yes.” Then offer him the higher-value treat in your other hand. Repeat until your dog immediately stops sniffing your hand when you say “leave it.” When you say “leave it” and he stops sniffing right away, leash your dog and then toss a low-value treat outside of his reach. Wait until he stops sniffing and pulling toward the treat. As soon as he does, either say “yes” or click and then give him a high-value treat from your hand. Practice this exercise a number of times. Over time, by practicing “leave it,” your dog should stop pulling as soon as you give the cue. When rewarding him with a treat, make sure that it is something good, not plain old kibble. By doing so, you are teaching him that asking him to leave some food doesn’t mean he won’t get anything, but that in fact he might get something even more delicious. When your dog is reliably responding to the cue, you can teach him that “leave it” can apply to other things as well, not just food on the floor. Repeat the exercise with five different items that are fairly boring to your dog. After using five different “boring” items, start using slightly more exciting items. You know your dog, so you alone know what items he would consider more interesting, but don’t jump to high-value items right away. To increase his chances of success at learning the cue, you want to work up to high-value items gradually. If Kleenex or a piece of plastic, for instance, would attract your dog on a walk, don’t start with those. Choose the items based on your ultimate goal: Anytime you say “leave it,” you want to be confident that your dog will indeed leave whatever you are asking him to leave. . The reward he receives when he leaves an item can change as well. If your dog has a favorite toy, squeak it and play for a moment when he comes running to you after leaving the other item of interest. Most dogs love interacting with us, so a moment of praise or play with a toy can be just as effective as a treat. Keep it fun Even though you’re practicing “leave it” as a way to keep your dog safe, you want him to see it as a fun game you play. When your dog is proficient at the game in your home, start practicing in a variety of locations with more distractions.

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Sox
McNab
3 Years
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McNab
3 Years

My baby Sox is just 3 years old and very needy. She tends to be jealous a lot and wants constant hugs and kisses. We were thinking about adopting a kitten, is this a good idea?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Angela, How strong is her prey drive? A dog's prey drive and whether they were exposed to cats and kittens as a puppy will largely effect how well they might do. I wouldn't recommend it for a dog with a strong prey drive or aggressive tendencies toward other dogs. If pup's prey drive is slow and they are fairly tolerant, I would recommend working on the demanding jealous behavior with you first, to decrease the chances of pup becoming possessive of you around the kitten. Check out the article below and the three methods found there, to help build pup's respect for you and decrease possessiveness. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Nova
Shepherd
5 Years
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Shepherd
5 Years

Nova is crowding our new kitten and the kitten seems to be getting scared and hissing/hiding, this does not stop Nova, however, nova remains calm until the kitten swats at her and then she starts to bark.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Megan, I recommend teaching Nova the Out and Leave It commands, and you being the one to enforce those commands and giving the kitten more space. Also, do not leave the animals unattended. If pup is displaying aggression toward the kitten, take safety measure like a leash or basket muzzle (introduced ahead of time with treats) to keep kitty safe while they are adjusting to each other. Reward pup for being calm and tolerant around the kitten - especially when the kitten is walking around and pup ignores them. Out - which means leave the area: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Leave It method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark A Place command and practicing self-control around the kitten, like the video below, is also a good place to start. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75dyWITP1s Mild cat issue - teaching impulse control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWF2Ohik8iM Moderate cat issue - teaching impulse control using corrections and rewards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dPIC3Jtn0E Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Jillian
Rat Terrier
5 Years
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Rat Terrier
5 Years

I adopted a kitten a month ago. I did everything I was supposed to with a slowly introducing them. I only ever have problems with my dog when she is sleeping and the kitten gets too close (steps on, plays with ears or tail.) Jillian will growl and even try to bite (not hard) if the warning is ignored by the kitten. I think this started because the kitten tried to baby bite Jillian’s face once and Jillian panicked. They both coexist fine but how can I get them to become friends without worrying about my dog hurting my 3 month old kitten? Do I just let them figure out the boundaries of each other with supervision? I got the kitten as a companion for my dog. Will they ever be friends?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Chelle, I would start by rewarding your dog for tolerance around the kitten and whenever the kitten first enters the room. Reward with the kitten not in close proximity though because you don't want pup to get aggressive about the kitten being near treats they want. I would be vigilant about you making the kitten leave pup alone so your dog doesn't feel the need to defend themselves. I would not just let them work it out at this age. At night, if the kitten is bothering pup when you have gone to bed, I would also separate the animals while you are sleeping, either with crates or by having them sleep in different rooms with doors closed between. Taking the stress off your dog to manage the kitten, and helping the kitten learn to leave pup alone, can help their relationship be better as the kitten gets older. Rewarding pup for tolerance can also help pup have a better association with the kitten and like the kitten's presence better. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Archie
Maltipoo
3 Years
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Maltipoo
3 Years

So I recently got my 2 month old kitten and today I put Jax (my kitten) in Archie's dog crate so Archie can smell and see him while Jax is protected behind wire and it was going fine until Archie started barking so I quickly removed Archie from the situation. I now have Jax in my closet with all his things but Archie now wines that he can't see him I try to get his attention but only works for a bit and he goes back to sniff under the door.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Angie, Check out the videos and articles I have linked below. In your case you likely will just need the examples from the mild and moderate cat issue videos, plus teaching some impulse building commands like Place. Mild cat issue - teaching impulse control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWF2Ohik8iM Moderate cat issue - teaching impulse control using corrections and rewards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dPIC3Jtn0E Severe cat issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MLJV5PBh7Y Work on impulse control in general with pup, by teaching things that increase impulse control and calmness - such as a long Place command around lots of distractions. Practicing the command until you get to the point where pup will stay on Place while you are working with the kitten in the same room. I also recommend back tying pup while they are on place - connecting a long leash attached to pup to something near the Place just in case pup were to try to get off Place before you could intervene. This keeps kitty safe while practicing and reinforces to pup that they can't get off the Place. The leash should be long enough that pup doesn't feel the leash while they are obediently staying on the Place because it has some slack in the leash. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Below are some other commands in general you can practice to help pup develop better impulse skill/self-control - impulse control takes practice for a dog to gain the ability to control themselves. Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Down-Stay: https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out - which means leave the room: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Zeeke
Shar Pei
4 Years
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Shar Pei
4 Years

I've just gotten a kitten, shes very shy and timid around my dog but me shes fine with. My dog has never seen a cat before and im trying my hardest to get them to get along, ive got my kitten in a separate room and a gate at the door so they can see eachother. In the few times they've seen eachother my kitten hisses and growls while my dog tries to go at her and chase. Often when he can't get in he whines. Its been three days and its slowly gotten better, is there anything more I can do to help? I really want them to get along as I know my dog can be gentle with smaller animals as I have birds.

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Your best bet in this situation is to go with a method to desensitize him to the kitten. Zeeke needs to learn that the cat is just a normal part of the household. So we need to teach him to become less reactive by the cat. If you are up for this, it is going to take about a month of consistent practice before you see results. You will want to start out by teaching him "leave it". Leave is great for anything you want your dog to leave alone. Instructions on leave it will be at the end of this response. After about a week or so of working on the command, you can start taking him around the cats while on leash. Any time he even looks at a cat, you give the command leave it. Once he breaks his attention away from the cats, you reward him with a treat. Ideally, you want to him to be sitting and looking at you. But in the beginning stages, as long as he isn't focused on the cat, you can reward him. You will literally practice this over and over, while moving closer to the cats until he is no longer interested in the cats. While this method takes a while, it is the best in relaying the messages across to your dog. The cats need to be left alone! Here are the steps for "leave it" Teaching a dog 'leave it' Teaching “leave it” is not difficult. Begin the lessons inside your home or in an area with very few distractions. Here are the steps for teaching “leave it”: Make sure you have two different types of treats. One type can be fairly boring to the dog, but the other type should be a high-value treat that he finds pretty delicious. You will also want to make sure that the treats are broken up into pea-sized pieces so it won’t take him too long to eat them. Put one type of treat in each hand. If you like to train with a clicker as your marker, you can also hold a clicker in the same hand that holds the high-value treat. Then, place both of your hands behind your back. Make a fist with the hand that is holding the treat of lower value and present your fist to your dog, letting him sniff. Say “leave it” and wait until he finishes sniffing your fist. As soon as your dog is done sniffing, you can either click with the clicker or say “yes.” Then offer him the higher-value treat in your other hand. Repeat until your dog immediately stops sniffing your hand when you say “leave it.” When you say “leave it” and he stops sniffing right away, leash your dog and then toss a low-value treat outside of his reach. Wait until he stops sniffing and pulling toward the treat. As soon as he does, either say “yes” or click and then give him a high-value treat from your hand. Practice this exercise a number of times. Over time, by practicing “leave it,” your dog should stop pulling as soon as you give the cue. When rewarding him with a treat, make sure that it is something good, not plain old kibble. By doing so, you are teaching him that asking him to leave some food doesn’t mean he won’t get anything, but that in fact he might get something even more delicious. When your dog is reliably responding to the cue, you can teach him that “leave it” can apply to other things as well, not just food on the floor. Repeat the exercise with five different items that are fairly boring to your dog. After using five different “boring” items, start using slightly more exciting items. You know your dog, so you alone know what items he would consider more interesting, but don’t jump to high-value items right away. To increase his chances of success at learning the cue, you want to work up to high-value items gradually. If Kleenex or a piece of plastic, for instance, would attract your dog on a walk, don’t start with those. Choose the items based on your ultimate goal: Anytime you say “leave it,” you want to be confident that your dog will indeed leave whatever you are asking him to leave. . The reward he receives when he leaves an item can change as well. If your dog has a favorite toy, squeak it and play for a moment when he comes running to you after leaving the other item of interest. Most dogs love interacting with us, so a moment of praise or play with a toy can be just as effective as a treat. Keep it fun Even though you’re practicing “leave it” as a way to keep your dog safe, you want him to see it as a fun game you play. When your dog is proficient at the game in your home, start practicing in a variety of locations with more distractions.

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LEAH
Pug
7 Years
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Pug
7 Years

Got kitten that was 3 days old now 4 weeks, pug very jealous and snaps at kitten? How can I get her to accept him, he needs to walk around but she snaps at him.

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Your best bet in this situation is to go with a method to desensitize her to the kitten. Your dog needs to learn that the kitten is just a normal part of the household. So we need to teach her to become less reactive by the kitten. If you are up for this, it is going to take about a month of consistent practice before you see results. You will want to start out by teaching her "leave it". Leave is great for anything you want your dog to leave alone. Instructions on leave it will be at the end of this response. After about a week or so of working on the command, you can start taking her around the kitten while on leash. Any time she even looks at the cat, you give the command leave it. Once she breaks her attention away from the kitten, you reward her with a treat. Ideally, you want to her to be sitting and looking at you. But in the beginning stages, as long as she isn't focused on the kitten, you can reward her. You will literally practice this over and over, while moving closer to the kitten until she is no longer interested in the kitten. While this method takes a while, it is the best in relaying the messages across to your dog. The kitten needs to be left alone! Here are the steps for "leave it" Teaching a dog 'leave it' Teaching “leave it” is not difficult. Begin the lessons inside your home or in an area with very few distractions. Here are the steps for teaching “leave it”: Make sure you have two different types of treats. One type can be fairly boring to the dog, but the other type should be a high-value treat that he finds pretty delicious. You will also want to make sure that the treats are broken up into pea-sized pieces so it won’t take him too long to eat them. Put one type of treat in each hand. If you like to train with a clicker as your marker, you can also hold a clicker in the same hand that holds the high-value treat. Then, place both of your hands behind your back. Make a fist with the hand that is holding the treat of lower value and present your fist to your dog, letting him sniff. Say “leave it” and wait until he finishes sniffing your fist. As soon as your dog is done sniffing, you can either click with the clicker or say “yes.” Then offer him the higher-value treat in your other hand. Repeat until your dog immediately stops sniffing your hand when you say “leave it.” When you say “leave it” and he stops sniffing right away, leash your dog and then toss a low-value treat outside of his reach. Wait until he stops sniffing and pulling toward the treat. As soon as he does, either say “yes” or click and then give him a high-value treat from your hand. Practice this exercise a number of times. Over time, by practicing “leave it,” your dog should stop pulling as soon as you give the cue. When rewarding him with a treat, make sure that it is something good, not plain old kibble. By doing so, you are teaching him that asking him to leave some food doesn’t mean he won’t get anything, but that in fact he might get something even more delicious. When your dog is reliably responding to the cue, you can teach him that “leave it” can apply to other things as well, not just food on the floor. Repeat the exercise with five different items that are fairly boring to your dog. After using five different “boring” items, start using slightly more exciting items. You know your dog, so you alone know what items he would consider more interesting, but don’t jump to high-value items right away. To increase his chances of success at learning the cue, you want to work up to high-value items gradually. If Kleenex or a piece of plastic, for instance, would attract your dog on a walk, don’t start with those. Choose the items based on your ultimate goal: Anytime you say “leave it,” you want to be confident that your dog will indeed leave whatever you are asking him to leave. . The reward he receives when he leaves an item can change as well. If your dog has a favorite toy, squeak it and play for a moment when he comes running to you after leaving the other item of interest. Most dogs love interacting with us, so a moment of praise or play with a toy can be just as effective as a treat. Keep it fun Even though you’re practicing “leave it” as a way to keep your dog safe, you want him to see it as a fun game you play. When your dog is proficient at the game in your home, start practicing in a variety of locations with more distractions.

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diablo
Huski
7 Months
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Huski
7 Months

my cat as just had four baby kittens and there only a week oldso atm they are in a extra large crate with plenty of room and comes out to excercise. question when is the right time to introduce the kittens to my 7 month old puppy

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Lindsey, I recommend working on some commands with pup starting now, such as Place and Stay. Out - which means leave the area: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Leave It method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Place command: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75dyWITP1s Down-Stay: https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Work up to pup being able to stay on Place for one hour around distractions like other people being silly in the room. If you can safely keep the animals apart, I would wait until the kittens have opened their eyes and look more like cats and less like rodents. Introduce one kitten at a time and check out the video linked below. I recommend back tying pup with a secure leash while pup is on Place, but keep the leash long enough pup won't feel it tug unless they try to leave Place. Have someone else bring the kitten into the room, and reward pup any time they ignore the kitten or stay calm around it. Interrupt pup if they fixate, stare or try to run after it. You want to encourage pup to be calm around the kitten and simply leave the kittens alone - even if pup isn't aggressive toward them, you don't want playing either because that could hurt the kittens and lead to prey drive getting stirred up in pup. Mild cat issue - teaching impulse control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWF2Ohik8iM Moderate cat issue - teaching impulse control using corrections and rewards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dPIC3Jtn0E When you aren't supervising the animals and working with together, make sure there are at least 1-2 walls between the animals (not just the kittens in a crate pup could bust into in the same room). Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Nala
Moggie
20 Weeks
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Moggie
20 Weeks

Hello! I got my kitten in October and we introduced her to the family dog, it went okay- they were both equally frightened of each other. I’m a student and have came home for Christmas with her and we’re stuck here until lockdown eases. Now Nala was pretty frightened of the dog and would arch, hiss and growl at him for being in the same room. Now that seems to have stopped however as soon as she sees my dog she jumps for him. There is no growling or claws out when she does this which leaves us confused, is she trying to play or trying to show him she is in charge? He doesn’t chase her, he doesn’t go in her space and he leaves her food, for the most part, alone. The only thing I’ve spotted is that he stares at her continuously but this is easily stoped with a toy or snack. What can I do to stop my cat doing this?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Morgan, My experience is with dog behavior and training, not cat. I would seek the help of someone who specializes in cats as well. With that said, you might try rewarding the cat whenever they are around the dog and being calm and tolerant. If the jumping behavior happens at predictable times, like every time the dog gets up or moves, I would also keep the cat on a long leash, and interrupt the cat any time they fixate on the dog or begin to move toward them or stalk them. Interrupt pup any time you see them fixating on the cat for long periods of time too, and reward pup for ignoring the cat so that pup won't begin new chasing behaviors due to the cat's behavior. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Jenna
Yorkie
13 Years
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Jenna
Yorkie
13 Years

We have a new kitten and two 13 year old yorkies. One is very aggressive with the kitten. Trying to attack and bite. Of course the cat hisses,runs and swipes at Jenna. They do this mainly when I am around. Not my husband. How do I get my Yorkie, Jenna to relax around the kitten.

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Your best bet in this situation is to go with a method to desensitize her to the kitten. Jenna needs to learn that the cat is just a normal part of the household. So we need to teach her to become less reactive by the cat. If you are up for this, it is going to take about a month of consistent practice before you see results. You will want to start out by teaching her "leave it". Leave is great for anything you want your dog to leave alone. Instructions on leave it will be at the end of this response. After about a week or so of working on the command, you can start taking her around the kitten while on leash. Any time she even looks at the kitten, you give the command leave it. Once she breaks her attention away from the kitten, you reward her with a treat. Ideally, you want to her to be sitting and looking at you. But in the beginning stages, as long as she isn't focused on the cat, you can reward her. You will literally practice this over and over, while moving closer to the kitten until she is no longer interested or less excited While this method takes a while, it is the best in relaying the messages across to your dog. The kitten need to be left alone! Here are the steps for "leave it" Teaching a dog 'leave it' Teaching “leave it” is not difficult. Begin the lessons inside your home or in an area with very few distractions. Here are the steps for teaching “leave it”: Make sure you have two different types of treats. One type can be fairly boring to the dog, but the other type should be a high-value treat that he finds pretty delicious. You will also want to make sure that the treats are broken up into pea-sized pieces so it won’t take him too long to eat them. Put one type of treat in each hand. If you like to train with a clicker as your marker, you can also hold a clicker in the same hand that holds the high-value treat. Then, place both of your hands behind your back. Make a fist with the hand that is holding the treat of lower value and present your fist to your dog, letting him sniff. Say “leave it” and wait until he finishes sniffing your fist. As soon as your dog is done sniffing, you can either click with the clicker or say “yes.” Then offer him the higher-value treat in your other hand. Repeat until your dog immediately stops sniffing your hand when you say “leave it.” When you say “leave it” and he stops sniffing right away, leash your dog and then toss a low-value treat outside of his reach. Wait until he stops sniffing and pulling toward the treat. As soon as he does, either say “yes” or click and then give him a high-value treat from your hand. Practice this exercise a number of times. Over time, by practicing “leave it,” your dog should stop pulling as soon as you give the cue. When rewarding him with a treat, make sure that it is something good, not plain old kibble. By doing so, you are teaching him that asking him to leave some food doesn’t mean he won’t get anything, but that in fact he might get something even more delicious. When your dog is reliably responding to the cue, you can teach him that “leave it” can apply to other things as well, not just food on the floor. Repeat the exercise with five different items that are fairly boring to your dog. After using five different “boring” items, start using slightly more exciting items. You know your dog, so you alone know what items he would consider more interesting, but don’t jump to high-value items right away. To increase his chances of success at learning the cue, you want to work up to high-value items gradually. If Kleenex or a piece of plastic, for instance, would attract your dog on a walk, don’t start with those. Choose the items based on your ultimate goal: Anytime you say “leave it,” you want to be confident that your dog will indeed leave whatever you are asking him to leave. . The reward he receives when he leaves an item can change as well. If your dog has a favorite toy, squeak it and play for a moment when he comes running to you after leaving the other item of interest. Most dogs love interacting with us, so a moment of praise or play with a toy can be just as effective as a treat. Keep it fun Even though you’re practicing “leave it” as a way to keep your dog safe, you want him to see it as a fun game you play. When your dog is proficient at the game in your home, start practicing in a variety of locations with more distractions.

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Willow
Great Dane
2 Years
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Great Dane
2 Years

Hello! I just got a kitten. My dog has never been around a cat before. I’ve kept the cat in a room for a few days, so my dog could smell her. Last night I put her on a leash so she could see the cat and try to smell her. My dog tried to bite the cat. I’m not sure what to do next.

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
225 Dog owners recommended

Your best bet in this situation is to go with a method to desensitize her to the kitten. Willow needs to learn that the kitten is just a normal part of the household. So we need to teach her to become less reactive by the kitten. If you are up for this, it is going to take about a month of consistent practice before you see results. You will want to start out by teaching her "leave it". Leave is great for anything you want your dog to leave alone. Instructions on leave it will be at the end of this response. After about a week or so of working on the command, you can start taking her around the kitten while on leash, just like you did. Any time she even looks at the cat, you give the command leave it. Once she breaks her attention away from the kitten, you reward her with a treat. Ideally, you want to her to be sitting and looking at you. But in the beginning stages, as long as she isn't focused on the kitten, you can reward her. You will literally practice this over and over, while moving closer to the kitten until she is no longer interested in the kitten. While this method takes a while, it is the best in relaying the messages across to your dog. The kitten needs to be left alone! Here are the steps for "leave it" Teaching a dog 'leave it' Teaching “leave it” is not difficult. Begin the lessons inside your home or in an area with very few distractions. Here are the steps for teaching “leave it”: Make sure you have two different types of treats. One type can be fairly boring to the dog, but the other type should be a high-value treat that he finds pretty delicious. You will also want to make sure that the treats are broken up into pea-sized pieces so it won’t take him too long to eat them. Put one type of treat in each hand. If you like to train with a clicker as your marker, you can also hold a clicker in the same hand that holds the high-value treat. Then, place both of your hands behind your back. Make a fist with the hand that is holding the treat of lower value and present your fist to your dog, letting him sniff. Say “leave it” and wait until he finishes sniffing your fist. As soon as your dog is done sniffing, you can either click with the clicker or say “yes.” Then offer him the higher-value treat in your other hand. Repeat until your dog immediately stops sniffing your hand when you say “leave it.” When you say “leave it” and he stops sniffing right away, leash your dog and then toss a low-value treat outside of his reach. Wait until he stops sniffing and pulling toward the treat. As soon as he does, either say “yes” or click and then give him a high-value treat from your hand. Practice this exercise a number of times. Over time, by practicing “leave it,” your dog should stop pulling as soon as you give the cue. When rewarding him with a treat, make sure that it is something good, not plain old kibble. By doing so, you are teaching him that asking him to leave some food doesn’t mean he won’t get anything, but that in fact he might get something even more delicious. When your dog is reliably responding to the cue, you can teach him that “leave it” can apply to other things as well, not just food on the floor. Repeat the exercise with five different items that are fairly boring to your dog. After using five different “boring” items, start using slightly more exciting items. You know your dog, so you alone know what items he would consider more interesting, but don’t jump to high-value items right away. To increase his chances of success at learning the cue, you want to work up to high-value items gradually. If Kleenex or a piece of plastic, for instance, would attract your dog on a walk, don’t start with those. Choose the items based on your ultimate goal: Anytime you say “leave it,” you want to be confident that your dog will indeed leave whatever you are asking him to leave. . The reward he receives when he leaves an item can change as well. If your dog has a favorite toy, squeak it and play for a moment when he comes running to you after leaving the other item of interest. Most dogs love interacting with us, so a moment of praise or play with a toy can be just as effective as a treat. Keep it fun Even though you’re practicing “leave it” as a way to keep your dog safe, you want him to see it as a fun game you play. When your dog is proficient at the game in your home, start practicing in a variety of locations with more distractions.

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Gus
Mastiff
8 Years
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Mastiff
8 Years

We got a kitten for Christmas it’s only been 4 days and my dog has been good but we can not leave dog unattended with kitten! How do I stop dog from thinking the cat is prey?? Kitten is pretty good but hisses at the dog which makes him angry abs more interested

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
225 Dog owners recommended

Your best bet in this situation is to go with a method to desensitize him to the kitten. Gus needs to learn that the kitten is just a normal part of the household. So we need to teach him to become less reactive by the kitten. If you are up for this, it is going to take about a month of consistent practice before you see results. You will want to start out by teaching her "leave it". Leave is great for anything you want your dog to leave alone. Instructions on leave it will be at the end of this response. After about a week or so of working on the command, you can start taking him around the kitten while on leash. Any time he even looks at the cat, you give the command leave it. Once he breaks her attention away from the kitten, you reward him with a treat. Ideally, you want to him to be sitting and looking at you. But in the beginning stages, as long as he isn't focused on the kitten, you can reward him. You will literally practice this over and over, while moving closer to the kitten until he is no longer interested in the kitten. While this method takes a while, it is the best in relaying the messages across to your dog. The kitten needs to be left alone! Here are the steps for "leave it" Teaching a dog 'leave it' Teaching “leave it” is not difficult. Begin the lessons inside your home or in an area with very few distractions. Here are the steps for teaching “leave it”: Make sure you have two different types of treats. One type can be fairly boring to the dog, but the other type should be a high-value treat that he finds pretty delicious. You will also want to make sure that the treats are broken up into pea-sized pieces so it won’t take him too long to eat them. Put one type of treat in each hand. If you like to train with a clicker as your marker, you can also hold a clicker in the same hand that holds the high-value treat. Then, place both of your hands behind your back. Make a fist with the hand that is holding the treat of lower value and present your fist to your dog, letting him sniff. Say “leave it” and wait until he finishes sniffing your fist. As soon as your dog is done sniffing, you can either click with the clicker or say “yes.” Then offer him the higher-value treat in your other hand. Repeat until your dog immediately stops sniffing your hand when you say “leave it.” When you say “leave it” and he stops sniffing right away, leash your dog and then toss a low-value treat outside of his reach. Wait until he stops sniffing and pulling toward the treat. As soon as he does, either say “yes” or click and then give him a high-value treat from your hand. Practice this exercise a number of times. Over time, by practicing “leave it,” your dog should stop pulling as soon as you give the cue. When rewarding him with a treat, make sure that it is something good, not plain old kibble. By doing so, you are teaching him that asking him to leave some food doesn’t mean he won’t get anything, but that in fact he might get something even more delicious. When your dog is reliably responding to the cue, you can teach him that “leave it” can apply to other things as well, not just food on the floor. Repeat the exercise with five different items that are fairly boring to your dog. After using five different “boring” items, start using slightly more exciting items. You know your dog, so you alone know what items he would consider more interesting, but don’t jump to high-value items right away. To increase his chances of success at learning the cue, you want to work up to high-value items gradually. If Kleenex or a piece of plastic, for instance, would attract your dog on a walk, don’t start with those. Choose the items based on your ultimate goal: Anytime you say “leave it,” you want to be confident that your dog will indeed leave whatever you are asking him to leave. . The reward he receives when he leaves an item can change as well. If your dog has a favorite toy, squeak it and play for a moment when he comes running to you after leaving the other item of interest. Most dogs love interacting with us, so a moment of praise or play with a toy can be just as effective as a treat. Keep it fun Even though you’re practicing “leave it” as a way to keep your dog safe, you want him to see it as a fun game you play. When your dog is proficient at the game in your home, start practicing in a variety of locations with more distractions.

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Noodle
Lab mix
1 Year
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Lab mix
1 Year

Hi! Noodle has been with us her entire life and we recently adopted a tiny kitten. She is VERY jealous of the kitten especially since the kitten keeps growling/hissing at her. I am slowly being the kitten out and letting them see each other, small portions of the day while keeping the kitten in the back room the rest of the day. The kitten does good until Noodle gets close. (In the meantime noodle just looks happy and excited like she wants to play but is also super focused on the cat) When the kitten hisses, Noodle barks and opens her mouth a little near the kitten.
This isn’t aggressive, right? It’s only been a few days but after some more time there’s hope?

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
225 Dog owners recommended

Your best bet in this situation is to go with a method to desensitize her to the kitten. While it sounds like she is being friendly and playful, Noodle needs to learn that the kitten is just a normal part of the household. So we need to teach her to become less reactive by the kitten. If you are up for this, it is going to take about a month of consistent practice before you see results. You will want to start out by teaching her "leave it". Leave is great for anything you want your dog to leave alone. Instructions on leave it will be at the end of this response. After about a week or so of working on the command, you can start taking her around the kitten while on leash, just like you did. Any time she even looks at the cat, you give the command leave it. Once she breaks her attention away from the kitten, you reward her with a treat. Ideally, you want to her to be sitting and looking at you. But in the beginning stages, as long as she isn't focused on the kitten, you can reward her. You will literally practice this over and over, while moving closer to the kitten until she is no longer interested in the kitten. While this method takes a while, it is the best in relaying the messages across to your dog. The kitten needs to be left alone! Here are the steps for "leave it" Teaching a dog 'leave it' Teaching “leave it” is not difficult. Begin the lessons inside your home or in an area with very few distractions. Here are the steps for teaching “leave it”: Make sure you have two different types of treats. One type can be fairly boring to the dog, but the other type should be a high-value treat that he finds pretty delicious. You will also want to make sure that the treats are broken up into pea-sized pieces so it won’t take him too long to eat them. Put one type of treat in each hand. If you like to train with a clicker as your marker, you can also hold a clicker in the same hand that holds the high-value treat. Then, place both of your hands behind your back. Make a fist with the hand that is holding the treat of lower value and present your fist to your dog, letting him sniff. Say “leave it” and wait until he finishes sniffing your fist. As soon as your dog is done sniffing, you can either click with the clicker or say “yes.” Then offer him the higher-value treat in your other hand. Repeat until your dog immediately stops sniffing your hand when you say “leave it.” When you say “leave it” and he stops sniffing right away, leash your dog and then toss a low-value treat outside of his reach. Wait until he stops sniffing and pulling toward the treat. As soon as he does, either say “yes” or click and then give him a high-value treat from your hand. Practice this exercise a number of times. Over time, by practicing “leave it,” your dog should stop pulling as soon as you give the cue. When rewarding him with a treat, make sure that it is something good, not plain old kibble. By doing so, you are teaching him that asking him to leave some food doesn’t mean he won’t get anything, but that in fact he might get something even more delicious. When your dog is reliably responding to the cue, you can teach him that “leave it” can apply to other things as well, not just food on the floor. Repeat the exercise with five different items that are fairly boring to your dog. After using five different “boring” items, start using slightly more exciting items. You know your dog, so you alone know what items he would consider more interesting, but don’t jump to high-value items right away. To increase his chances of success at learning the cue, you want to work up to high-value items gradually. If Kleenex or a piece of plastic, for instance, would attract your dog on a walk, don’t start with those. Choose the items based on your ultimate goal: Anytime you say “leave it,” you want to be confident that your dog will indeed leave whatever you are asking him to leave. . The reward he receives when he leaves an item can change as well. If your dog has a favorite toy, squeak it and play for a moment when he comes running to you after leaving the other item of interest. Most dogs love interacting with us, so a moment of praise or play with a toy can be just as effective as a treat. Keep it fun Even though you’re practicing “leave it” as a way to keep your dog safe, you want him to see it as a fun game you play. When your dog is proficient at the game in your home, start practicing in a variety of locations with more distractions.

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Jax and Keg
Mutt
6 Years
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Mutt
6 Years

we have introduced a kitten to our house. we have two 6 year old dogs (border colli x kelpie x hunterway) (brothers) this kitten has spunk and is not shy. we are transitioning them with the dogs on lead, or behind glass doors. how do you know if the dogs are copying with the kitten. what time frame is there that you will know they will get along? when she hisses at them one dog tries to go to her. Niether dog barks or shows any other form of aggression to her other than wanting to be in her face. if the dogs are inside they are on lead and the kitten is in her play pen.

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
225 Dog owners recommended

Your best bet in this situation is to go with a method to desensitize your dogs to the kitten. Your dogs need to learn that the kitten is just a normal part of the household. So we need to teach them to become less reactive by the cat. If you are up for this, it is going to take about a month of consistent practice before you see results. You will want to start out by teaching them "leave it". Leave is great for anything you want your dogs to leave alone. Instructions on leave it will be at the end of this response. After about a week or so of working on the command, you can start taking them around the kitten while on leash. Any time they even looks at the kitten, you give the command leave it. Once they break their attention away from the kitten, you reward with a treat. Ideally, you want to them to be sitting and looking at you. But in the beginning stages, as long as they aren't focused on the cat, you can reward. You will literally practice this over and over, while moving closer to the kitten until they are no longer interested or less excited While this method takes a while, it is the best in relaying the messages across to your dog. The kitten need to be left alone! Here are the steps for "leave it" Teaching a dog 'leave it' Teaching “leave it” is not difficult. Begin the lessons inside your home or in an area with very few distractions. Here are the steps for teaching “leave it”: Make sure you have two different types of treats. One type can be fairly boring to the dog, but the other type should be a high-value treat that he finds pretty delicious. You will also want to make sure that the treats are broken up into pea-sized pieces so it won’t take him too long to eat them. Put one type of treat in each hand. If you like to train with a clicker as your marker, you can also hold a clicker in the same hand that holds the high-value treat. Then, place both of your hands behind your back. Make a fist with the hand that is holding the treat of lower value and present your fist to your dog, letting him sniff. Say “leave it” and wait until he finishes sniffing your fist. As soon as your dog is done sniffing, you can either click with the clicker or say “yes.” Then offer him the higher-value treat in your other hand. Repeat until your dog immediately stops sniffing your hand when you say “leave it.” When you say “leave it” and he stops sniffing right away, leash your dog and then toss a low-value treat outside of his reach. Wait until he stops sniffing and pulling toward the treat. As soon as he does, either say “yes” or click and then give him a high-value treat from your hand. Practice this exercise a number of times. Over time, by practicing “leave it,” your dog should stop pulling as soon as you give the cue. When rewarding him with a treat, make sure that it is something good, not plain old kibble. By doing so, you are teaching him that asking him to leave some food doesn’t mean he won’t get anything, but that in fact he might get something even more delicious. When your dog is reliably responding to the cue, you can teach him that “leave it” can apply to other things as well, not just food on the floor. Repeat the exercise with five different items that are fairly boring to your dog. After using five different “boring” items, start using slightly more exciting items. You know your dog, so you alone know what items he would consider more interesting, but don’t jump to high-value items right away. To increase his chances of success at learning the cue, you want to work up to high-value items gradually. If Kleenex or a piece of plastic, for instance, would attract your dog on a walk, don’t start with those. Choose the items based on your ultimate goal: Anytime you say “leave it,” you want to be confident that your dog will indeed leave whatever you are asking him to leave. . The reward he receives when he leaves an item can change as well. If your dog has a favorite toy, squeak it and play for a moment when he comes running to you after leaving the other item of interest. Most dogs love interacting with us, so a moment of praise or play with a toy can be just as effective as a treat. Keep it fun Even though you’re practicing “leave it” as a way to keep your dog safe, you want him to see it as a fun game you play. When your dog is proficient at the game in your home, start practicing in a variety of locations with more distractions.

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Lola & Scarlett
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
10 Years
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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
10 Years

Hi I am desperate for answer. I recently adopted a Ragdoll kitten, very sweet gentle manor kitten. We have two 10 year Cavaliers and even though we have done all the steps above the dogs still basically ignore her. They do let her get near and basically freeze whenever she it’s jumping towards them. The dogs tail is alway wagging and there bodies are in a relaxed position but they just don’t know or response in a playful way. If that makes sense. All things considered my two cavs don’t rough house or really play together they just more play with us. So I don’t know if I am unrealistic but I’m just worried that the kitten will feel lonely. Any thoughts and advise is very much appreciated!

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Pam, It sounds like your dogs are actually doing exactly what I would want to encourage. I would not encourage them to play with the kitten. During play some dogs will get aroused and that can either turn to aggression as prey drive gets stirred up or can simply encouraging unintentionally harming the kitten through mouthing or pinning her - which are both normal for dogs during play with other dogs. I never encourage dogs to play with cats. Instead, you want to teach all the animals to be calm and tolerant around each other, so it sounds like your dogs are actually great with her. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Mitzi
Shitz tsu
10 Years
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Mitzi
Shitz tsu
10 Years

My cat died and I now have two kittens. Mitzi has been good but when she is tired she can be snappy. Kittens want to get to know her but she is very protectve. I am giving them all space. I dont want Mitzi to feel pushed out but I do feel anxious when she is settling on her fleece and kittens ate hyper and curious of her. They have sniffed her and when she is stood up she is fine with them. Any suggestions

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Gina, Check out the videos linked below for teaching calmness around cats. Mild cat issue - teaching impulse control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWF2Ohik8iM Moderate cat issue - teaching impulse control using corrections and rewards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dPIC3Jtn0E Work on impulse control in general with pup, by teaching things that increase impulse control and calmness - such as a long Place command around lots of distractions. Practicing the command until you get to the point where pup will stay on Place while you are working with the kitten in the same room. I recommend also back tying pup while they are on place - safely connecting a long leash attached to pup to something near the Place just in case pup were to try to get off Place before you could intervene. Make sure what the leash is secured to, the leash itself, and pup's collar or harness are secure and not likely to break or slip off. This keeps kitty safe while practicing and reinforces to pup that they can't get off the Place. The leash should be long enough that pup doesn't feel the leash while they are obediently staying on the Place because it has some slack in the leash. You want pup to learn to stay due to obedience and self-control, and the leash just be back up for safety. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Below are some other commands in general you can practice to help pup develop better impulse skill/self-control - impulse control takes practice for a dog to gain the ability to control herself. Down-Stay: https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out - which means leave the room: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Additionally, try to keep the animals separate at this age when you can't supervise them together to keep her from feeling overwhelmed by them. You want pup to have boundaries and clear rules so that pup is being less possessive of things. You also want pup to associate being calm around the kittens and the kittens in general with good things - which can be accomplished by having pup practice things like Down-Stay and Place around them and rewarding pup for responding obediently and calmly when the kittens are in the room. I would also work on protecting pup from the kittens pestering them. Be the one to herd the kittens away from pup when they are being too pushy so pup doesn't feel the need to manage the kittens alone. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Snicker
Aussiedoodle
2 Years
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Aussiedoodle
2 Years

Our dog Snicker is a very sweet dog and has been Introduced to cats and kittens before. A couple days ago we brought home a new kitten and we kept them separated for the first day. We then let snicker see the kitten though a gate but everytime the kitten moved she would try to run and chase after it, while whining and barking. She was getting better when we told her to place, but she wont stop staring at the kitten and licking her lips. Yesterday We held the kitten up to Snicker while she was on a leash, and sadly she lunged at the kitten (No animal was harmed.) Please help?!

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Your best bet in this situation is to go with a method to desensitize her to the kitten. Your dog needs to learn that the kitten is just a normal part of the household. So we need to teach her to become less reactive by the kitten. If you are up for this, it is going to take about a month of consistent practice before you see results. You will want to start out by teaching her "leave it". Leave is great for anything you want your dog to leave alone. Instructions on leave it will be at the end of this response. After about a week or so of working on the command, you can start taking her around the kitten while on leash. Any time she even looks at the cat, you give the command leave it. Once she breaks her attention away from the kitten, you reward her with a treat. Ideally, you want to her to be sitting and looking at you. But in the beginning stages, as long as she isn't focused on the kitten, you can reward her. You will literally practice this over and over, while moving closer to the kitten until she is no longer interested in the kitten. While this method takes a while, it is the best in relaying the messages across to your dog. The kitten needs to be left alone! Here are the steps for "leave it" Teaching a dog 'leave it' Teaching “leave it” is not difficult. Begin the lessons inside your home or in an area with very few distractions. Here are the steps for teaching “leave it”: Make sure you have two different types of treats. One type can be fairly boring to the dog, but the other type should be a high-value treat that he finds pretty delicious. You will also want to make sure that the treats are broken up into pea-sized pieces so it won’t take him too long to eat them. Put one type of treat in each hand. If you like to train with a clicker as your marker, you can also hold a clicker in the same hand that holds the high-value treat. Then, place both of your hands behind your back. Make a fist with the hand that is holding the treat of lower value and present your fist to your dog, letting him sniff. Say “leave it” and wait until he finishes sniffing your fist. As soon as your dog is done sniffing, you can either click with the clicker or say “yes.” Then offer him the higher-value treat in your other hand. Repeat until your dog immediately stops sniffing your hand when you say “leave it.” When you say “leave it” and he stops sniffing right away, leash your dog and then toss a low-value treat outside of his reach. Wait until he stops sniffing and pulling toward the treat. As soon as he does, either say “yes” or click and then give him a high-value treat from your hand. Practice this exercise a number of times. Over time, by practicing “leave it,” your dog should stop pulling as soon as you give the cue. When rewarding him with a treat, make sure that it is something good, not plain old kibble. By doing so, you are teaching him that asking him to leave some food doesn’t mean he won’t get anything, but that in fact he might get something even more delicious. When your dog is reliably responding to the cue, you can teach him that “leave it” can apply to other things as well, not just food on the floor. Repeat the exercise with five different items that are fairly boring to your dog. After using five different “boring” items, start using slightly more exciting items. You know your dog, so you alone know what items he would consider more interesting, but don’t jump to high-value items right away. To increase his chances of success at learning the cue, you want to work up to high-value items gradually. If Kleenex or a piece of plastic, for instance, would attract your dog on a walk, don’t start with those. Choose the items based on your ultimate goal: Anytime you say “leave it,” you want to be confident that your dog will indeed leave whatever you are asking him to leave. . The reward he receives when he leaves an item can change as well. If your dog has a favorite toy, squeak it and play for a moment when he comes running to you after leaving the other item of interest. Most dogs love interacting with us, so a moment of praise or play with a toy can be just as effective as a treat. Keep it fun Even though you’re practicing “leave it” as a way to keep your dog safe, you want him to see it as a fun game you play. When your dog is proficient at the game in your home, start practicing in a variety of locations with more distractions.

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Paddy
Parson Russell Terrier
14 Years
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Parson Russell Terrier
14 Years

We have done a crate introduction with the dog to the kittens and it was going extremely well. Jaffa has been very confident and is quite relaxed with Paddy and has even approached to bump noses and even tried to get paddy to play. Humbug has been a little more stand off ish but hasn’t ran and hidden much unless Paddy has rushed off the sofa to bark at the door or go to the garden, but has hissed a lot at him and struck out at him if he got to close. Paddy in general has backed off himself and returned to lie down. We felt the introduction had gone marvellous as it has only been two days, and Paddy has responded well to his leave it and Down command although does watch them intently and licks his lips a bit especially when they are play fighting. However today Jaffa approached to say hello and unintentionally I feel put his claws into paddy’s paw and paddy snapped at his head. I intervened and separated them for space immediately. After a few minutes they seemed happy in each other’s space again. Now this evening all three were on my partner, the kittens on his legs and the dog having fuss by his side. Paddy went to sniff at Humbug and she hissed and hit him on the nose and again Paddy snapped at her and also caught her head. On this occasion paddy was chastised and removed but I did feel a bit bad as he was not the actual instigator but the reactor, however I was not sure if it was a dominant thing and a bit of jealousy because they were all on my partner at the time. Should we just continue the way we are and monitor or go back to full separation and put the kittens back into their crate for a longer time to help Paddy. Any ideas and advice to help all three of my very sweet natured animals would be great
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Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
833 Dog owners recommended

Hello Kelly, I would go back a step, and especially not have them competing for anything in the same space right now, like being close to your partner for snuggles. Check out the videos linked below for some good exercises to practice proactively to help teach tolerance, calmness, and also to associate the cats' presence with good things. Mild cat issue - teaching impulse control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWF2Ohik8iM Moderate cat issue - teaching impulse control using corrections and rewards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dPIC3Jtn0E Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Luca
Siberian Husky
3 Years
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Luca
Siberian Husky
3 Years

I just brought a 8 month old kitten home and Luca is whining and barking a lot at night time when he is in his crate I was wondering what u can do to help him so he doesn’t do this anymore and feels more comfortable again

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
833 Dog owners recommended

Hello Sarah, Check out the videos linked below for teaching calmness around cats. Mild cat issue - teaching impulse control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWF2Ohik8iM Moderate cat issue - teaching impulse control using corrections and rewards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dPIC3Jtn0E Work on impulse control in general with pup, by teaching things that increase impulse control and calmness - such as a long Place command around lots of distractions. Practicing the command until you get to the point where pup will stay on Place while you are working with the kitten in the same room. I recommend also back tying pup while they are on place - safely connecting a long leash attached to pup to something near the Place just in case pup were to try to get off Place before you could intervene. Make sure what the leash is secured to, the leash itself, and pup's collar or harness are secure and not likely to break or slip off. This keeps kitty safe while practicing and reinforces to pup that they can't get off the Place. The leash should be long enough that pup doesn't feel the leash while they are obediently staying on the Place because it has some slack in the leash. You want pup to learn to stay due to obedience and self-control, and the leash just be back up for safety. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Below are some other commands in general you can practice to help pup develop better impulse skill/self-control - impulse control takes practice for a dog to gain the ability to control herself. Down-Stay: https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out - which means leave the room: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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