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Hey everyone!
In about 3 weeks I'll be getting my first dobe ever and was wondering what advice you might have for me. I plan on crate training him and I'm getting his ears cropped (in case that helps with advice). I only have one other pet, he's a 9 year-old cat that I've had since he was a kitten. I'm a bit worried about the two of them getting along, so if you have some tips to share that would be great!

Any other advice is welcome and appreciated :)

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Hi, and welcome to the forum!!! congrats on your doberman puppy.....I have a rottweiler so I can't help you much in how to introduce your cat to the doberman, but I can suggest that in the waiting period for posts that will directly answer your questions do take some time and look through the sections here on Puppy Training, Behavorial Problems and such in order to get a grasp of what you have ahead of you. I have read and read all these posts and to be honest I am so glad I chose to rescue a 7 year old rottie, whew the things that dober pups get into and the amount of energy that they require to keep them redirected to what they should be doing and chewing on, that's just not in my future. Hope you have alot of energy to burn cause your pupster will keep you busy.

Reading the posts here will help to prime you for what to expect in all areas, so take some time and read alot you will become very informed in a short time.....Welcome again......

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We brought our puppy home a week and a half ago and have a five year old cat.  To make sure our cat felt comfortable and safe during the adjustment, we kept Kevin (the pup) in an exercise pen attatched to his crate.  This kept Kevin comfortable, giving him boundaries and limiting his space as he was exposed to his new life, and gave Butters the chance to check him out safely.  Kevin didn't even notice Butters until the second day.  Now Kevin has access to half of the house and is very interested in Butters.  Butters has lots of getaway points - high surfaces and escape to parts of the house Kevin can't go to.  We always watch but let them do their animal things - Butters has popped Kevin on the nose a total of three times now, which we don't discourage.  He hisses, but of course Kevin doesn't really understand that.  There's no chasing yet, just mutual curiosity.

 

I will say though that Butters has a history with other animals: ferrets and my sister's cat.  I think extra care might be needed with a cat who is used to being the only animal in the house.

 

Also, I read that to help teach the dog the hierarchy in the house (the dog being lowman on the totem pole), any time you play with the pup and the cat comes around, turn your complete attention to the cat.  Cat comes first.  Feed him/her first, greet him/her first.  Etc.

 

It'll work out.  I'm waiting for Kevin to put his mouth on Butters, but when the chasing begins we'll make sure to have him on a short leash in the house so we can control him until he learns.  Good luck!

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Thanks for the advice :)

There are a few places in the apartment where my cat, Winston, can run off to and be away from the puppy. He doesn't have much of a history with animals except other cats, which he hates...hissing, jumping, pawing, etc. The few times he's been around dogs he just seems apprehensive and a bit annoyed that a new animal is in his territory. I'm hoping that puppy won't care about a cat being around so that Winston can have a chance to adjust without being bugged too much. But, you know how puppies can be with other animals.