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Posted by: D | 2004/01/22

2 worsies en 'n kat

Goeie dag dok

Ek het 2 gekruisde worsies beide mannetjies (1 jaar oud kruis spaniel en 7 weke kruis yorksier terier albei is gesteriliseer). Die jongste een hou nie van my kat nie. Hy blaf vir haar en jaag haar rond. Die oudste hond maak gereeld nog my huis sy toilet. Ek het al alles probeer om hom dit af te leer en nou leer hy die jonger een ook sy gewoontes aan. Gedurende dag as dit reën moet die honde in die huis bly, alhoewel hulle 'n gat het wat hulle na buite ly. Die oudste een hou ook nie van nat gras nie. Wat moet ek doen? Ek het raad gesoek op die forum, maar kon nie iets kry wat help nie. Is dit moontlik om die oudste een nog na 'n hondeskool te stuur saam met die jongste een?

Dankie.

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Hi D
Jammer dat my Afrikaans is nie so goed nie en ek sal in Engels beantwoord. It sounds like the youger pup is scared of the cat. The best way to introduce them properly is to put the cat or the puppy in a crate or cage and allow the other one to come close without being hurt. Do this for a few minutes each day and things should improve. The cat also has to learn to sit still and not react to the barking. Don't shout at the puppy, but try to ignore the barking and distract the puppy with a toy, if necessary.
Toilet training: You may have to start all over again with both dogs. Take them out as much as possible and praise them if they do anything outside. Ignore any mistakes and clean up when they aren't around. When you leave them alone they must not be able to make any mistakes (e.g. newspaper all over the floor) or at least have access to outside. Gradually you can reduce the area of newspapers, moving it towards the dogdoor (gat) and then outside. Keep some of the urinated on newspaper each time to remind them to go to that spot. To get them used to wet grass you will need to take them out on it often, perhaps for walks in the rain too. Give him a treat each time he stands on the wet grass and he may start to like it.
Training: You need to start puppy classes with the younger pup as soon as possible (8 to 14 weeks), but the older one will need to go to classes for older dogs.
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