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Old 01-28-2008, 02:47 PM   #1
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Default Puppy and cats - Urgent advice needed!

I have just got a alaskan malamute puppy, I got him a week ago at 9 weeks old. He was brilliant with my cats when I brought him home, didnt bother them at all until 2 days ago he begun to be interested in them, he would want to play but the cats swiped his nose a few times and he was then scared of them. Now today it has got bad...he suddenly reliases that he can fight back and started barking at them to scare them. Just now he actually went for one of my cats and I pulled him off. Im not sure what to do, should I tell him off, seperate them (but if I do that it might make it worse??) Ive not had this problem before with puppies, normally they are so adaptable at this age. please help!!

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Old 01-28-2008, 02:52 PM   #2
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Squirt the puppy with water, shake a can with pennies in it, verbally correct him by saying "NO" or "AH-AH" or something, physically intervene if necessary. Give him the idea that cats are off limits. Malamutes, by nature, have a strong prey drive, if you don't teach your puppy now that cats are off limits, it will not bode well for the cats wellbeing in the future.

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Hi rrc and welcome to the forum. It sounds like now that your pup is settled in, he may be trying to "play" with the cats. And the cats did what cats usually do to teach a dog a lesson, which is to take a swipe across the nose, where it hurts. If I were you I would discourage the pup from barking at the cats, perhaps by having a can with coins in it to shake when he starts, or even a little sqruit bottle filled with water. Sometimes you can let them work things out among themselves but since Mal puppies grow up to be very big, I would be concerned about what would happen if he doesn't learn to respect the cats.
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Edited to add: oops I type too slow...wunderhund said what I was going to say.
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thanks for the advice, have just spent the past half an hour with the puppy and cats in the same room, had the puppy on a long lead so I could intervene if needed. To begin with he barked and tried to grab the cats but I yelled 'leave it' and had to pull him back the first few times. After a while he got a bit bored and laid down. So I praised him. I then let him off and as one of the cats ran past him he went for it again, I yelled 'leave it' and this time he actually did!! Im guessing tomorrow I will have to do it all again and maybe for the next few weeks to come, but hopefully he will get bored of the cats! Am I doing this right?

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I should add: Distract the puppy with something when you don't want him to go after the cats. For example, have his favorite ball or tug toy in your had. When the cats come into the room play a game of tug-of-war, or fetch (in the opposite direction from the cats), or some sort of game to keep his mind off the cats. He will never get bored of the cats, but eventually he will learn to leave them be and find other stuff to do.

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thanks for the advice, have just spent the past half an hour with the puppy and cats in the same room, had the puppy on a long lead so I could intervene if needed. To begin with he barked and tried to grab the cats but I yelled 'leave it' and had to pull him back the first few times. After a while he got a bit bored and laid down. So I praised him. I then let him off and as one of the cats ran past him he went for it again, I yelled 'leave it' and this time he actually did!! Im guessing tomorrow I will have to do it all again and maybe for the next few weeks to come, but hopefully he will get bored of the cats! Am I doing this right?
Sounds good so far! It may take a while, but it sounds like a very good start.
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Heya. Malamutes are gorgeous dogs, great chocie!


My family were in a simalar situation with our retriever when he was little, almost 2 years ago now, time flies!

What we did was put a baby gate at the bottom of the stairs, so the cats knew they could go up there without the dog worrying them, it gave them a safe place to go and stopped them getting stressed. I would reccomend continuing with all your good work, but also creating a safe place for the cats with a baby gate or something simalar even just in the one room they like to sleep, as this helps them with the transition, and lets them get some peace and quiet too

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Good luck with the training....sounds like you are doing very well so far.

I have three whippets and three cats, my youngest dog is 10 months old and still chases the cats occasionally and is always told NO and leave....hes learning and the cats ususally have the upperhand most of the time...

My oldest dog once grabbed quite nastily one of my cats, but it was over food....now I never feed them all together. He was quickly told off and luckily no harm done...

They all have to learn to live together in harmony...
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