Hi everyone, I've lurked here for a while and never made an account!
My family recently got a 11 week old female black Labrador puppy from a breeder. This is in addition to our 2 Cocker Spaniels (10 and 7), Persian kitty (7), Maine Coon mix (3) and tabby (1). Yep, full house.
It's been a while since we've had a puppy, and I am the primary adult home during the day. Honestly, I'm more of a cat person. Dolly (persian) is my baby.
My one major concern is how the puppy, Raven, tears through the house after my older cat. Dolly can't run as quickly as the others (stubby legs) and has never been around any dogs other than the docile Cockers. She was declawed by a previous owner, and is also hard of hearing.
Any training tactics to keep my cat safe and the lab happy?
Our one saving grace is the puppy hasn't figured out how the stairs work
don't let the puppy have a chance to practice the behaviour of chasing the cat, tether her to you with a hands free leash to be able to correct. once she gets better you can let her drag a leash when you are supervising.
i highly recommend puppy classss for you and the puppy, they are invaluable for socialisation of the puppy and getting great tips.
With a Lab, you need to start making it clear about what is "MINE" right now. The cats are yours to protect. Puppy needs to understand that chasing or rambunctious behavior is not tolerated (esp not in the house!) now. Crate her when you can't watch her or as suggested above, tether her to you. That "Leave It" command will be vital.
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014
Piper wanted to play with our cats when she came to the family also. One put her in her place immediately and she never bothered him. The younger of the cats wasn't so bossy up front and so it took longer for Piper not to mess with her. We always made sure the cats had a place they could go where Piper couldn't follow. Piper is now 10 months old and doesn't bother the younger cat any longer. Sadly, our old cat has passed away and we have since gotten a kitten....and so the battle begins again!
I have cats, too, and a 6 month old Lab puppy - who does still occasionally chase the cats. Training on this at first involved two people - tricky, since I live alone. (well, as alone as you can ever be with two cats and a dog!) The training involved me sitting with Finn (the puppy) and my friend walking past with the cat. I marked and rewarded "calm". So, when he ignored the cats entirely from closer and closer distances, he got a treat. It's not perfect yet. If the cats do that darting thing they do, that will get Finnegan's attention, and he might chase. And, if he is under-exercised, that boy is a holy menace. He will chase the cats just to relieve the boredom. So, step one is always more exercise for Finn.
Thank you guys so much for the quick responses!! She's such a handful right now I'll get her more exercise, but the puppy is not a fan of the hot Texas weather.
Do you have a kiddie pool for her? Piper loves her pool-she stole it from my seven year old!
I have an 8 week old puppy. We want to get a kitten. When is the best time to introduce a kitten to the puppy, now or when he's a little older?
"i highly recommend puppy classss for you and the puppy, they are invaluable for socialisation of the puppy and getting great tips."
better to say they may be and not "are". five puppies of various ages in a 20x20' room never permitted off leash with no contact with each other is not what I call socialization.