Anyone know how I can get my Rottweiler to stop ruff playing with my cats. I know he just wants to play I guess he thinks they are one of him. But he wont leave them alone Im scared one of thems going to get hurt.
Are the cats not fighting back? Do the cats have a place to "escape" to?
The feline and canine parties in our house have not completely come to terms yet. The dog doesn't bother the cat, unless she starts to run. And we have a gate so the cat can hop the gate when she needs to.
Somebody on here once suggested putting up a baby gate -- but putting the gate up high so the cat can sneak underneath.
I know people are going to yell at me when I tell you what I did to Blaze to stop her from chasing the cats.
I used a shock collar and only had to correct her a few times. She now will leason to my command and I don't have to even put the collar on at home.
It worked really well. You don't have to zap them stongly only just to make them look and stop what they are doing.
I didn't want to risk my cats getting hurt from my Husky.
I do use the collar when running her. This is for her own protection. There are traps in areas, cattle in some areas and I can't risk her going over to get stomped on or caught in a trap. All I have to do is tone her and she stops and comes back to me.
WileyBlaze, don't apologize for using a shock collar. It is a tool. And if used correctly a wonderful tool. My male setter and I spend a lot of time in the woods where there are deer, porkies and wolves to name a few. I always have a shock collar on him. But, then again I don't remember when the last time I used it on him either.
It worked well when he was a young pup and loved to Counter Surf.
The shock collar may come in handy with the pup chasing the kitties. Good luck on your dilema.
.....Or a counter top/top of the fridge/under a bed/deep in the basement/pile of dirty clothes..... and countless other places you are searching, freaking out...feeling like an idiot as they casually lay there and just watch you. Not responding and certainly not coming out. Until you shake the cat food container. ;)
Count me in on the statement about needing their claws with bossy, rough housing doggies.
It could become a dangerous situation to stand back and let nature take its course.
With my pits I had to gradually introduce my kitty to them. I had to go as far and keep the kitty in a cage untill I felt the dogs were totally safe to be around her. I had to sharply correct Duke/Duchess when they made a assertive gesture towards the cat. Till this day they will kill any cat that enters our yard with only exception of our cat whom I trained them not to hurt.
Make sure when the play looks like it gets out of hand to correct your dog. Dont leave them alone with out supervision and hopefully your rottie with learn to respect your wishes of gentelness towards the kitty. Good Luck. the shock collar does sound like good advice if used correctly.
My toy poodle "plays" with my cat all the time everyday too. But she stated her dog was a rottie and play with a such a large breed can easily get out of hand. Lets not forget these are dogs that must be trained to behave the way we want, not assume they are all sweet loving angels that wouldnt hurt a flea. She did come here for advice because she thought the play could get to rough.
Ok, ok. I get what you guys are saying. Good advice on this thread....
But, I still stick to my original advice because she didn't say the cat was crying out. She didn't say the dog takes the cat in it's mouth and carries it like a rag doll... Sounds like normal interaction. But, she could have left some things out or I could have misunderstood.
But let's not lump advice into a size thing, rather a breed thing (I don't know much about rotties I admit) and better yet still, each seperate case. Mind you, my 7 lb Toy Poodle and my 15 lb Miniature Schnauzer could kill a cat. IF they had it in them.
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Ive got a baby gate but he jumps on it and knocks it down. My cats run but yesterday my cat was on the slow side and Jake jumped on him. Snowbell ( my cat) has a small cut on his back from it. Everytime he runs after the cats I tell him no and put him in his cage for a bit. I thought that the cage may work. But his a puppy still so I guess it takes time.
My 4 month old German Shep. puppy torments my poor cat. My cat (Maxwell), used to be such a social butterfly and would constantly play with our other dog. Now that we have brought the puppy into the home he's become sort of reclusive and will only lounge on the couch with us when the puppy is either not home or sound asleep. Maxwell is declawed in the front, which is probably a good thing since he would've destroyed the pup's face. Our puppy doesn't listen when we try to get her to stop "violating" the cat. I'm thinking that when she hits 6-8 months I may have to try the shock collar (which I feel totally guilty about), but I really need to get the puppy to stop trying to harm the cat before she does end up seriously harming him.
my 11 month old pup plays with the cat, it took a few months to get to this point but they will play all day together, now with a new puppy we just got going on 2 weeks the cat hates the new puppy and hisses when ever the pup is in the same room. and this puppy dont bark at all only at the cat- the cat seems kinda sad now that we have the new puppy because bentley doesnt play with him anymore .... but we have a baby gate up that he jumps over to get away from the puppy- but this is also how we started out with bentley and ugg ( the cat also) so i hope that in a few months they will all become friends...
Wileyblaze, I dont keep him in the cage long when hes bad. At night he have run of the huse but 99%of the time when I get up in the night hes lying on his mat in his cage. I asked is puppy kindergarden teacher what to do about him trying to jump on my poor cats. He said he should grow out of it but to put him up when hes bad and soon he will see that if hes good he gets treats but when hes bad he gets put up.