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Bit mean, but I did find it very funny...

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QuietTiger Tue 26-Jul-11 12:39:19

A good friend of mine has an 8 month labradoodle puppy that she is very keen to socialise properly. So as she's been having a few problems with him starting to chase cats in the garden, she asked if she could bring her puppy to my house to meet cats who were dog savvy and were unlikely to run, but instead stand their ground...

Well, pup duly bounced into the house and my smallest (most feisty) cat stood in the middle of the kitchen. Pup immediately shoved his nose up her bum before we could even react. The cat was OUTRAGED...

Puss turned around and smacked him very hard across the nose. I mean walloped him hard. Pup yelped and high tailed it out of the kitchen door, up the garden with the cat in hot persuit behind him, smacking his legs as he ran. Puss was about 5th of pups size. Pup duly came back into the kitchen looking very sheepish. Cat followed him in, looking very smug.

Latest reports are that pup is completely ignoring all cats and walking away from them if they are in his garden...

Disclaimer here: I'm experienced with cat behaviour & dogs, knew exactly what I was doing with the cat and how she would react because she has, over her 16 years, trained countless boisterous dogs & I use her to cat test foster dogs. Pup in question, has never shown agression to cats, he's just chased them because they ran and he is actually a very well mannered, very bidable chap. I would not recommend that you try this approach for yourself and at no point was any animal in a dangerous posistion (although the labradoodle pup would claim otherwise!)

CoffeeIsMyFriend Tue 26-Jul-11 12:45:27

we also have a dog savvy cat here. She teaches my dogs how to behave and never unsheaths her claws - just a bat round the face with a paw and a hiss is usually enough to sort them out.

Avantia Tue 26-Jul-11 12:48:02

Can you also do this with squirrels , rabbits and deer ? grin

Scuttlebutter Tue 26-Jul-11 12:53:03


multitask Tue 26-Jul-11 12:53:05

and sheep!!

When we had one of the standard poodles in full show coat she used to torment the cat and when cat had enough he'd launch himshelf towards her and hang off her coat. She'd gallop round the house with the cat swinging off her chest. I swear they each got their own enjoyment out of it. He'd let her chase him round the back of the sofa, turn and swipe her on the nose. This fun lasted 4 years until he died on the road sad

Ormirian Tue 26-Jul-11 12:54:40

Well done that cat! Fingers crossed here too.

Harley got a lesson (finally) in cat etiquette this morning according to DH. Our stupid cats just hiss and run! So Harley joyously runs after them hmm We are coping by letting them live upstairs and go in and out through our bedroom window. Next doors little kitten (newly vaccinated) is fascinated with out garden and came face to face with the Harlster today. Harley got too close and got a faceful of claw! Then kitten stalked off quite calmly leaving Harley looking bemused and a little crestfallen. Am hoping it helps.....

fruitshootsandheaves Tue 26-Jul-11 12:58:27

I can always remember my old cat chasing an old english sheepdog down the road in our village once after it had dared to enter our garden, it did look funny!

emptyshell Tue 26-Jul-11 12:59:08

Bless her!

We've got a three-legged cat (we think it was a dog-attack in her pre-rescue feral life) that's quite a mardy cantankerous old boot (but we love her).

Our first dog is really really under her thumb - she wants the sofa, she hisses and he moves, rolling his eyes as he goes... he puts a hair out of line and he gets walloped with a paw. She's really quite mean to him poor guy - he only wants to play with her until he realised the hissing ball of furry wrath really wasn't worth the hassle!

New greyhound's response to meeting her for the first time... to go to sleep. I think she felt almost insulted by that response!

QuietTiger Tue 26-Jul-11 13:03:35

I think that Smokey (cat in question) was born with attitude "Come on then, if you think you're hard enough..."

We do have to watch her, because she's not afraid of dogs and she won't run from strange dogs who try to chase. Fortunately, now at 16, she's more interested in sleeping on the sofa and beating up the resident dogs and taking life easy. grin

twojues Tue 26-Jul-11 13:08:26

Can I bring my pup round?

He is constantly chasing 2 of my cats who, unfortunately, run so he chases after them.

Another of my cats does stand his ground and will bop pup, but he hasn't learnt his lesson yet.

Well done to that cat x

emptyshell Tue 26-Jul-11 13:15:16

I've come to the conclusion the only reason the hound is actually wearing a muzzle is to protect HER nose from the cat!

tryingtocookacurry Tue 26-Jul-11 13:19:54

My cats are exactly the same and will stand their ground with my Labrador. Who understands not to mess with them. However, yesterday my neighbour told me that her little Terrier was attacked the other day by my cat. They were coming back from their walk and my cat was sat outside my house on the path. The dog barked at her, so she turned round and scratched her in her eye. The dog then developed an abscess in her eye and had to be taken to the vets and has been quite poorly since. She explained that she has insurance so she only had to be excess of £60. Do you think I should offer to give her the money?

emptyshell Tue 26-Jul-11 13:27:12

I remember growing up next door had a yorkie/jack russell cross (I'll admit I will NEVER be enamoured of small yappy dogs but this one could yap for England). The day it came home from the vets after having most of its teeth pulled as an old gal I'm SURE our cats knew as all three of them took up residence on top of the nice and high garden fence looking down on the yapping ball of fury - I swear they were gloating the evil lil so and sos!

QuietTiger Tue 26-Jul-11 13:42:47

I used to have a fantastic cat (who sadly is now at Rainbow Bridge) who used to jump up on the windowsill of next doors house to wind their JRT up when the owners were at work. He'd strut up and down outside on the windowsill, while the dog went nuts inside, head banging the glass and yapping for England.

One day, my cat miscalculated and didn't realise the window was open. I never saw him move so fast! He was up and back over the fence, as the dog was jumping out of the window with a real "OH SHIT!" look on his face! Oddly enough, he didn't torment the dog after that. grin

Lizcat Tue 26-Jul-11 13:51:35

My Arrogant Posh boy has made it his life's work to re-educate dogs into their correct place in life. He likes to puff himself up to four times his normal size and growl in a really nasty fashion at any dog that has the audacity to enter his home, obviously the resident dog has been beaten to a pulp. My Dad's terriers who are normally cat chasers skirt the garden carefully checking behind themselves at all times. He is bring two new ones to be cat trained on Friday and posh arrogant boy can currently be seen inspecting his claws in preparation.

frostyfingers Tue 26-Jul-11 15:14:28

Our hand reared kitty will not run from any dog, and torments one particular visiting dog by popping out of the cardboard box by my desk and giving her a hell of a fright if she comes in the office. Unfortunately his total lack of fear nearly led to his end as my neighbours lab (we have labs so he thinks they all love him) damn nearly got him when he was about 8 months old - she actually mouthed him across the back and tried to shake him. Good old ginge though was so frightened that he belted her one across the eyes and she dropped him. It then took me 2 hours to get him down from the tree (and my neighbour said her dog was playing...). He plays tug of war with our younger lab with a shoelace, and they play together regularly.

Anyway, silly cat is still fearless - he climbs up on the horses rugs in the winter - and neighbour's dog does leave him alone.

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