Dog pees when cat enters house

Our 7 month female puppy is generally house-trained with only a few accidents in the last 5 weeks since we adopted her. However, this week she has twice peed on the floor when the cat has entered the house (the cat is generally unfriendly to the dog and was especially so this week). 


From reading other posts I've figured out that this is likely submissive peeing and I've read the advice on making our dog more confident (much of it we are already doing) in order to prevent this. But a lot of the advice seems to be directed towards reassuring the dog that they don't have to be afraid of us, her human companions. But it's the cat that she is afraid of, and I am not sure we can curb the cat of her cranky (ie scary) behaviour - she IS the dominant one in the household. We do keep them separate when necessary and tell the puppy to "leave it" and make sure that the cat has some space from the dog. And we don't leave them alone together.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to reassure the dog about something that is somewhat out of our control?

Thanks for any advice!

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nascardoglvr

In Dogs

Reply To: terrable

You need to try and keep your dog calm and feeling relaxed when the cat enters your his environment.  Start slowly, and have one person hold the cat, while in the other room you pet and/or play with your dog.  When your dog feels relaxed, have the person enter the room with the cat, but from a distance.  Once your dog is acting normal with this new visitor, slowly have them start coming closer.

Basically you need to teach your dog the cat is OK to be around.  Good luck!

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jacksmom

In Dogs

Reply To: nascardoglvr

I agree with you. I have introduced many a cat to a dog. I also use treats to give the dog and the cat in each other's presence. Then they associate good things with each other. I keep the dog tied to a table leg, and hold the cat, feeding it yummy treats as we get closer to the dog. Whenever the dog is calm I throw it a treat. Of course, I am quietly telling the dog to stay or sit or some command at the same time.


You can pet the cat to calm it in front of the dog, but do NOT pet the dog to calm it if it is stressed in front of the cat. It will not calm a stressed dog to pet it. It makes it learn and think that you want it to be stressed. Instead, give the dog a job and praise or both praise and treats after he does the job, such as sit, stay, lie down and is calm.

If it is an outdoor cat and the dog wants to chase it, I put the dog on a leash. Whenever the cat walks by, I have the dog sit and give it a treat. Whenever it is calm around the cat, I praise the dog and give it a treat. Eventually, the dog does not need treats, but just needs to know it is pleasing me by not chasing the cat. The Dog Whisperer sound of "chhhh" then works great. If I see the dog even look at the cat, I say "chhh" and she stops looking at the cat and looks at me.

Interestingly enough, if I want one of my cats to stop bugging me, (like wanting food from my plate), I say "Tssss" to it and it looks at me and goes away. "Chhh" does not seem to work with the cats. I think it is because "Tsss" sounds more like a cat hiss. I also do a low growl if one of the cats gets on my head in bed in the morning. It just goes and lays down somewhere else.

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compoundia

In Dogs

Reply To: nascardoglvr

Yes, I agreed with your suggestion nascadoglvr. 

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JeffLee

In Dogs

Reply To: terrable

Cats bring joy to their owners’ lives in many ways, however once a cat begins to urinate outside of the litter box, it will place a strain on the complete social unit. It’s embarrassing to own company over and notice that your house reeks of cat excretion or to travel to bed solely to seek out that your cat peed on your pillow. AN owner generally worries that the cat might have a unhealthiness. If unhealthiness is dominated out, then frustration usually sets in.

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