We've found a cat tolerant rescue and they have suggested we bring him home for the day to see how he actually is with our cat. I'm looking for advice on how best to manage this please? DCat will likely be asleep in the main living/ playroom, obviously he'll be kept on the lead and close to me but she is likely to hiss, I don't expect them to be friends but I,m hoping they'll learn to tolerate each other. I was planning on walking him first so that he is not as exuberant (he's only 13 months old) but obviously being in a new house, with me after a car journey will all be different and new to him so it can be difficult to tell what his true nature will be. Any advise welcome please, I really have my hopes up and want it to go well.
I made the dog think the cat the best thing ever, so when the dog looks at the cat calmly and then looks back at you treat and praise him. Treat for any positive calm reaction and the dog should get the idea. If the dog does react badly I would remove him from the situation until calm and then start again slowly.
Also allow the cat lots of spaces to get away from dog, maybe a dog free upstairs so the cat has somewhere else to go?