The introduction of puppies to cats is one of the most common questions asked by pet owners. Puppies are cute and cuddly, but they are very different from their adult counterparts. They require time and patience before they become socialized enough to interact with other pets or humans.
In order for a puppy to be able to successfully greet a cat, it must first learn some basic behaviors such as sitting still, lying down, purring quietly and so forth. Some puppies will not have these skills right away. If your puppy does not have any of these skills yet, then it may take several months for him to develop them.
How do I teach my puppy to sit still?
First, make sure that your puppy is comfortable and safe. You can use a crate or another secure place where your puppy can stay until he’s ready to meet his human friends. Once your pup is relaxed and happy, you’ll want to start teaching him how to lie down. When he lies down, you might need to give him a few extra treats so that he doesn’t try too hard! You can tell he’s ready to learn the next step when he stays relaxed and doesn’t move.
Once you’ve taught your puppy to stay relaxed while lying down, it’s time to teach him to stay calm and relaxed while he’s sitting. You’ll want to start off in a similar manner as before; make sure he’s happy and comfortable. When he’s ready, hold the treat above his head so that his head will be in an upward motion. As he tries to look at the treat, gently push his head down.
As long as you are gentle and patient, he should catch on quickly and learn how to sit still for treats.
The next step is to get him used to staying calm while standing. Hold the treat above his head so that his head will be in an upward motion again. As he raises his head to look at the treat, gently push him forward and hold the treat just out of reach. He will most likely be confused at first, but as soon as he figures out he will get the treat as soon as he settles down, he’ll quickly learn to stand calmly.
Once your puppy can stay relaxed while standing and sitting, he’s ready to move on! Place him in a comfortable position and hold a treat just above his head so that his head will be in an upward motion again. As he tries to look at the treat, gently push his head downward. As he raises his head again to look at the treat, bring the treat a little closer to his face.
If he tries to move his head upward again, gently push it downward again. He should soon catch on that in order to get the treat, he has to keep his head still.
Continue this process until your puppy can keep his head still while you’re holding the treat just in front of his eyes. At this point, you should be able to slowly move the treat away from his eyes and he should be able to keep his head still. Continue to hold the treat just in front of his nose and he should start to lean forward a little in order to try to get it. As soon as he starts to lean forward, immediately pull the treat backward until he sits back down.
As soon as he sits back down, bring the treat back up so that he can try again. As he learns that he needs to sit still in order to try to get the treat, he will automatically straighten up.
Continue this process until your puppy can stay sitting still without you holding the treat at all. When he can stay sitting still, you’re ready for the next step!
How do I teach my puppy to lie down?
The best way to teach your puppy to lie down is with the clicker training method.
First, hold a treat in your hand so that your puppy can see it. Next, move your hand over his head so that he looks up. As he looks up at the treat, gently push down on his head until he’s lying all the way down. As soon as his hips hit the ground, say the word “down” and give him the treat.
When he’s finished the treat, encourage him to get up so that he can try again.
Continue this process until your puppy gets the hang of going from a standing position to a lying position in one smooth motion. Once he’s mastered that, you’re ready for the next step!
How do I teach my puppy to roll over?
Dogs learn through repetition and rewards, just like humans. In order to teach your pup to roll over, you’ll first need to get him really excited. Play with him or have someone else do it if you’d like. Once he’s really riled up, gently push on his side, just above his front leg. Most likely he’ll try to right himself by using his legs. When he does this, say the word “roll over” in an excited voice and give him a treat. As soon as he’s finished the treat, encourage him to get up so that he can try again.
Continue this process until your puppy gets the hang of rolling himself over. As he gets better, you can start encouraging him with the word “roll over” before he actually does it. Most likely, he’ll catch on to what you want him to do and he’ll finish rolling over at which point you can praise him and give him a treat
Keep in mind that not all dogs learn at the same pace and that some breeds learn new tricks more easily than others. If at any point your puppy seems frustrated, try taking a break and coming back to the training later.
Did you know that puppies can actually learn new tricks at any age?
However, the younger they are, the faster they learn! If your puppy is under eight weeks old, you should follow the instructions for teaching a brand new puppy.
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How to Raise Your New Puppy in a Cat Family: The Complete Guide to a Happy Pet-Filled Home by J Sonnenberg – 2010 – books.google.com
When cat meets dog by K Bollen – Animals, 2003 – elibrary.ru