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Puppy and cat help

I have a 14 week golden named Piper. We also have a sweet cat, Leo, who is 4. We lost our little Tango to cancer last week, he was only 2 (tuxedo cat). Piper is obsessed with Leo. He cannot walk through the house without being jumped on and bitten. He tries to sit up high but Piper just stands and bites him. Leo does stand up for himself but can't ever have a break. I try to separate them and distract Piper by playing but as soon as I step away or even look away, she is back at it! I want to have some sort of peace if possible....will things improve when she gets older? Any tips?

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PS - this upsets my 13 year old daughter a great deal since we just lost our other cat
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I would be sure Leo has places to get away from Piper. Can you gate Piper into certain rooms? I think it will eventually go away but you could start training the term "leave it" and use that when Piper is going after Leo.

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I also have 2 cats and a lovely golden. Ironically my one cat is fearless and sort of bullies all of us. Meanwhile, my other cat is very timid and is afraid of everything. One thing I did which helped a lot was add cat trees and high places for the cats to hang out. That way they feel more in control and not victim to constant surprise attacks.
Also, anytime my golden would walk by my cat (under my supervision) seamlessly I would clap and reward him. It’s a great way to encourage positive behavior modification from my experience but it doesn’t happen right away so you need to keep it up.
For sure those high safe places are your best starting off point.
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your pup just wants to play but at 14 weeks I'm sure it's overwhelming for the kitty. Put your pup on a leash and tether it to you. Anytime the pup makes a move to chase or jump on the kitty a gentle tug to get the pups attention and then reward for looking at you and not the kitty. I promise this will happen often until the pup figures out the game of NOT looking at the cat.

Right now your pup doesn't know boundaries. There are lots of youtube videos on teaching the leave it command or self control exercises. You can start by having your 13 yr old help with this. Self control is tough for a pup but these guys learn quickly if you are consistent. It can be as simple as teaching the pup to sit and wait for their meal, time and patience :-)

FYI: don't shout or yell commands, remember your dog doesn't know what the words mean yet. This is part of the learning process.
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