|Barked: Sun Feb 14, '10 12:33am PST |
|Hmm, I suppose distracting him-- he is a puppy after all. If you teach your dog to look at you when you say his name, that would be an idea.
Another idea would be to put him in the bathroom-- not say anything-- for say 2 minutes.
OTOH, if the cat really hated it, cats have ways of dealing with it. If the cat is dog-wise, you could just let the cat "tell" the dog what not to do. In a non-dog wise cat, it could be a little dangerous. Like dogs, on the back is vulnerable-- though unlike dogs, cats on their backs are not wishing for interaction.
BUT-- There is no reason to expect a dog to know how to treat a cat (or vise versa), so you might have to teach this by rewarding good behavior--ignoring the cat, looking at the cat and looking away, positive interaction like licking, and redirecting negative behavior.
I actually clicker trained the cat (it isn't that hard!) and the dog, and when they were calm around each other I clicked/treated in a sort of round robin way (I had 2 cats and 1 dog at the time). Initially I put the cats and dog far apart, and gradually got them closer together.
Karen Pryor's clickertraining.com site has information on clicker training cats.
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