|Barked: Sat Dec 15, '12 1:08pm PST |
|I agree, the capital letters are extremely distracting. I had to read it three times, and it would be best to avoid that in the future.
What I think you're saying is that your new dog lunged at you after acting predatory toward your cat, and snapped at your husband when your husband stuck his fingers into the crate.
For the cat situation, I would recommend that for now you have him restrained (in his crate or on a leash) when he's in the same room with the cat. Then reward him with really good treats, like pieces of meat or cheese, when he turns his head away from the cat or shows any relaxed body language (sitting, lying down, etc) If he shows any behavior you don't like, such as jumping, lunging, or vocalizing, sit still, breathe slowly, look away from him, and ignore him. Don't look at him, touch him, or talk to him. As soon as he looks away or does any behavior you like, reward him. Don't give more than one "sit" or "quiet" command in a row- you are trying to train default behavior, and chanting "sitsitsitsit" doesn't teach him much. It's best to start at a distance where he can control himself around the cat, and slowly get closer. If you feel like he's too worked up to calm himself down, remove him from the room, give him a timeout, and try again later from further away. I recommend doing this every day, and not letting him be unrestrained until he seems completely trustworthy around the cat on leash.
As far as the snapping in the cage, I would recommend that you avoid doing it for now. But you can also countercondition him- reach toward the crate (but don't actually touch it) and throw in a really good treat with the other hand. You could do 10 reps every night for a week, then start moving your hand a little closer and do the same thing. This teaches him that good things happen when people reach toward his crate. I suspect you will find other areas of tension, and you can do the same thing. For example, having collar taken on and off, collar grabs, etc.
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