HELP! i am in day 2 of introducing an 8wk. old, female rott/chow mix puppy (she was dumped) to my household of 2 adult cats. the cats and i are all new to puppy-ownership. i had dogs as a kid, but never have raised a puppy myself, so i am pretty in the dark about this whole process. so far, the puppy is in her own room, separated from the rest of the house by a screen. i have newspaper on the floor (which she uses) and she sleeps in her pet-taxi carrier. the cats are curious about her but she seems barely aware of them WHEN i am in her space with her. BUT when i am NOT in with her, and the cats come to the screen to check her out, she growls at them. is there ever any hope of a rott/chow being successfully socialized with cats, or am i dreaming? also, when i leave the puppy (after playing with her in the yard and giving her lots of attention) she howls and cries. should i reprimand her when she does this, or just ignore her? she will eventually stop after 20 minutes or so. it is heart-rending but i don't want to accustom her to crying for my attention. what is the right way to go about this?
no you are doing right and since she is calming down after a bit she wil be ok. You are right not to let her get used to crying and getting her way. You give her play time so she is not neglected. As for the cats I had that problem with a couple of my pups in the past I always say NO! BAD BEHAVIOUR! nice to kitty see? and then pet the kitty and her.
We alwats just let the puppy sniff the cats and let them be. But our cats are use to dogs and dont bother them. Hemmi and Honey Beez will give the dogs a good swat on the nose to let them know they are bothering them but thats it. My cat cloudy loves to play with the dogs and will roll over and grab the dogs heads just like he will with the other cats. Alot of times when a dog is confined and the cats are on the other side where he wants to be a dog will bark and growl when the cat comes close. Its because they are upset that they are stuck in a place they dont really want to be while the cat is running free.
Just let the puppy meet the ccats and see how they react.
With the puppy being only 8 weeks i would be more worried about the cats hurting the puppy then the pup hurting the cats. The cats will give the pup a good swat and the pup will most of the time leave the cat alone. Now my shep pup is a different story she wants to lick everything in the face and will not give up. Untill the cats really get her in the nose or i tell her leave the cats alone. It usually takes a few weeks for a cat to get use to something new and may never like the pup in their face but will get use to the pup being there.
The cat and puppy will probly over time sort itself out, most likely the cats checking her out was a bit threatening to the puppy, Why? because the cats were probly stareing at the puppy.This is normal for the cat, but for the dog this is a threatening gesture. Keep the attention with the puppy to a minimum, The whining should be ignored, give the puppy chew toys to keep it self occupied. If you respond to the whining it will increase. I'm worried about the chow part of the deal, this breed is known for problems, like biting strangers.Get him in to a puppy preschool where they socialize people to pups/pups to pups.Lots of strangers to meet!!!Before 16 weeks is the best choice.
My cats adore dogs. Its almost sacry how much they love them. My puppies adjust quickly to the strange things. I'd put a blanket the cats sleep in, in the puppy kennel to let her adapt to their odor. Give her a firm no when she growls at them as well.
thanks for all of the suggestions! hopefully it will all work out. she is already whining less. it is just the growling at the cats that concerns me... i like the suggestion of putting something the cats sleep on in her area. she does not seem aggressive with other humans at all. i have introduced her to several people and she is very, very shy with strangers but warms up to them after a bit. she has definitely imprinted on me. i have read that both chows and rotts will choose one person and that is THEIR human. i want her to be friendly with all people, though and hope that exposing her to lots of humans and other animals will help. right now she has scabies (i am treating with a lime/sulphur dip) so she can't socialize w/ other dogs just yet. my tenant, with whom i share the backyard, has an adult chow (very friendly with people and other dogs) that is dying to play with the puppy...but he will have to wait a bit!