Cat to dog introductions
Last Friday, we got a German Shepherd puppy. When the puppy met our kitten ... well ...
The puppy is very unique, in that she is extremely calm and doesn't want to hurt anyone. She isn't super-active. You can pick her up and she'll go totally limp. She frequently rolls over on her back and lets us stroke her belly.
She approached the kitten quietly, calmly, and the kitten hissed and used her paw. Now, probably because of the kitten's reaction (hissing and using the paw over and over again), the puppy barks, even more when the kitten hisses. At first I thought this was a disaster, but then I saw they started to each take turns in chasing one another.
Yesterday, the kitten playfully approached the puppy and started to play (paw) the puppy's tail. The puppy didn't move, and still doesn't when the kitten does that. The kitten will jump the puppy from up high, stalk the puppy. When the puppy then turns around, the roles are reversed. When the kitten runs, she'll hide on top of the furniture, or other places that the puppy can't (yet) reach. I need to get them to behave before the puppy grows into a big dog. Sooner rather than later.
My "solution" to this is that I frequently pick the puppy up, hold her like a baby and let her sniff the kitten. The puppy stays limp in my arms, with bended paws and seems less of a threat. No hissing from the kitten. They just sniff and stare at each other.
At times, when the puppy gets too rough, I make her sit, and I rub her chest to calm her down. She willingly obeys even though the kitten is within reach. When I let her go, it starts all over again. But the kitten *is* willing to meet the puppy. I held the puppy again yesterday, and the kitten approached us herself. Again the sniffing, and the staring.
When you see them as they chase each other, you might think they are playing, but I don't really think so. I think it could be a not so serious fight over territory.
I have a feeling this might turn out all right if this is given enough time. But then you never know.
Are there people here who have cats and dogs that didn't immediately bond. How did things go with you guys? What did you do to get them to fully accept each other.