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Old 07-11-2013, 04:13 PM
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On second thought...
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Default Introducing cat to dogs.

I originally wrote this huge long post and then deleted it, lol, but basically...

I have a 9.5 week kitten, named Layla after Eric Clapton song.
I have two dogs, Cameron who wants to play maul the kitten, and Duncan who is capable of ignoring the kitten.
The dogs have both lived with cats before, and Cam had good manners before, but seems to have forgotten (we know this because the kitten has escaped the room she's being kept in and met the dogs).
Kitten and dogs both have access to the other's smells because they share a common area but at different times.

So, how do you teach dogs manners with cats? I think that she is so little and fragile that there is not need to rush anything, but the end goal is for the cat (as an adult) to be able to be alone with the dogs, and unless Cameron changes on her own when the cat grows up Cameron is going to make that pretty difficult.

Thoughts? I do clicker training with the dogs, and timeouts are usually sufficient punishments for Cameron. I was thinking I could have Cameron on a leash, sufficient distance between her and Layla, and click-reward for calm behavior or ignoring, and then timeouts when Cameron pulls, barks, jumps, etc.

But I don't know, maybe I should give it time? Or maybe there's a better first step? Or maybe there's some awesome guide out there I have found yet, lol.


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