How to Introduce a Kitten and a Dog for the First Time

How to Introduce a Kitten and a Dog for the First Time

I encourage you to keep your kitten inside while it is a kitten. That is a good time to let your cat get used to the dog. The main thing you want to do is let your dog get bored of the kitten over time. If your dog realizes that the kitten is not a threat, and not a toy, then your dog will pretty much learn to just leave the cat alone. It takes time. It takes a few weeks. So here is what you do. Let the kitten get used to at least one room in the house without the dog for a few days. The kitten learns that room is a safe place. Then let your dog see the cat, but keep your dog on a leash so he does not attack or chase the kitten. Make sure the room is very quiet, and no other people. Just sit super calm and firmly say NO every time your dog barks or tries to chase the cat and pull him back on the leash. Act super calm and encourage your dog to do the same thing. Sit with your dog. Your calm behavior will eventually teach the dog to also be calm. Be patient. It takes many days or weeks and there will be probably very slow progress. Eventually your dog will learn from you that when you are both around the cat, you are very calm, and quiet, and that the cat is really not very interesting. It is ok to let the cat hiss and swat at the dog, because eventually the dog will learn that is what will happen if he pushes the cat too far. If your dog acts calm enough eventually, then let the dog off the leash and let him get close to and sniff the cat, but pick him up and leave the room with him if he barks or chases, ever. I think over time you will see progress and your dog will be used to the cat. Eventually the cat will actually be curious about the dog and perhaps might even be nice and play with the dog. Good luck. Let me know how it goes.
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