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Old January 3rd, 2009, 08:19 AM
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Exclamation Puppy vs. Cat

We have a new puppy (yes I will post pictures eventually). We are having problems with her chasing the cats. She sees the two boys chasing each other and wants to play too, or when she sees them racing across the floor she can't resist joining in. (It doesn't help that the cats come back for more every time I manage to calm her down )
If she just chased, fine, but when she catches them and she is starting to be coordinated enough to do so, she bites. At this point they are big enough that that is all she can do ( bad enough) but as she gets bigger those bites will get harder, and she may start shaking them. I want to discourage this before it gets out of hand. Any ideas? My momma cat stray is able to smack Sunshine puppy hard enough that Sunshine merely play barks and growls at her. I would like to teach my other two cats to hit hard enough to discourage her, and teach Sunshine to not bite.
This is play, not aggression yet. Sunshine will playbow while making bark/growl/whine noises, or bring a toy over to shake at the cats. Its just that her version of play is what she would use with another puppy and she doesn't understand Dr. Seuss and MooBoots version of no. (It doesn't help that Mooby just can't hit. When I've been too slow to interfere, he sits there, while she bites him, PATTING. I got my hand in the way it is like being hit with a feather . If he just hit harder maybe she would get the message?)
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