There's a ton of them out there, any recommendations?
We’ve been using a title by Pippa Mattinson, and it’s pretty clear and comprehensive. No one book covers everything you want, or in a way that suits every puppy and situation so we’ve supplemented this with various web sources when necessary.
(Not a rec for Amazon btw, just a convenient reference.)
Easy Peasy Puppy Squeezy was very good at setting MY mindset in the right place.
I also liked the Pippa Mattison one
What does the cat have to say about you bringing a puppy into his house?
That reminds me of my neighbour's 2 cats, which never really got on, sitting next to each other in solidarity while the new puppy pranced back and forth, trying to engage with them towards getting them to play, it was in vain.
> What does the cat have to say about you bringing a puppy into his house?
The puppy’s arrival is still a month off.
We told her last night. She is feigning total indifference, but is actually plotting furiously. My money is on the cat.
Always back the cat.
They do seem rather tolerant of puppies though, ours is a fighting Tom but he was fine with both puppies coming in the house and fine with the tiny rescue rabbits we brought home too.
> Always back the cat.
> They do seem rather tolerant of puppies though, ours is a fighting Tom but he was fine with both puppies coming in the house and fine with the tiny rescue rabbits we brought home too.
We’ve got our fingers crossed that the cat’s well hidden maternal instincts kick in. We met the pup’s parents and both have beautiful temperaments so we’re hoping things don’t get too heated
I seem to be turning into my Mum - 'little treasure'.
The cat that is
> Easy Peasy Puppy Squeezy was very good at setting MY mindset in the right place.
We’ve used this too. Nice and easy to read and offers plenty of good tips/insight
I read ‘ Oi you cent’ by a relative of Barbara Woodhouse. If you skip the first few pages of being nice, and then get down to the nitty gritty, you may end up with a good dog.
So far we’ve got three solid recommendations, but how did your dogs turn out?
15 years is a big commitment and we’re currently equal parts excitement and apprehension (OK, mainly excitement ).
> We’ve got our fingers crossed that the cat’s well hidden maternal instincts kick in.
I wouldn't worry too much about cat/dog interactions. Our cat/dog timeline over the last 15 years has been:
2 cats, 2 cats + 1 dog, 1 cat +1 dog, 1 dog, 1 cat + 1 dog, 1 cat, 1 cat + 1 dog, 1 cat + 2 dogs, 1.75 cats + 2 dogs, 1.75 cats + 3 dogs, 2.75 cats + 3 dogs (current state)
To summarise: 4.75 different cats and 4 different dogs at various times. Some dogs have been acquired as puppies, some as adults. Some cats as kittens, some as adults. There's never been any problems inter-species wise. Intra-species wise, a bit trickier at times.
Might depend on dog breed though. All ours have been GSDs (or half GSDs). We did foster a terrier for about a month, and he couldn't be left alone with the cats. In a previous life we've also had spaniels and border collies mixing with house cats, again with no problem.
Have a typical picture (taken today).
Cheers. Both looking reassuringly chilled there.
Very much a work in progress at 9 months, but seems to be doing pretty well, but still has random chewing sessions when you least expect it
That very much looks like a work in progress
I wonder how receptive work will be to me having an "emotional support dog"?
That's my house, 2 year old pup and a 6 month old. Destruction on a scale unheard of.
They have very happy pups though so I don't care.
It's all that matters. His latest trick is stealing any remote control left within reach and hiding under the dining room table with his tail wagging
And there be the problem, they know full well if they wag their tail (or entire bum in the case of one of ours) they can get away with anything.