My Old English Sheep dog would play with our cat, and when the cat didn't want to play, he swatted the dog's nose! Doggy got the picture!I have a new, eight week old German Shepherd puppy and a dog-loving three legged cat who are quickly becoming best of friends. My cat, Brodie, is missing his front-left paw from a horrible accident, but he still gets around very well.
I am concerned because, while their initial introduction has gone extremely well, my dog, Howitzer, is...well, completely in love with my cat and wants to play with him. Kitty is ok with this to an extent, but Howitzer is extremely exuberant. I have tried to mitigate the behavior by saying 'no' and trying to reward the puppy for turning away with a treat through positive reinforcement.
I like the idea of them playing, but I love my cat and am afraid that the soon to be 100 pound German Shepherd might play a little too rough one day and hurt my cat. Does anyone have any advice? This is my second large dog in the home (previous dog is no longer around) but my other dog just left the cat alone and never viewed him as a play companion - just a companion. If anything, I was worried about the cat picking on the smaller puppy! Thanks in advance to the community.