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I learned a lot this weekend. I learned:
1. That I have a lot to learn.
2. That I need to have a stockpile of toys/chews to keep her busy.
3. That it is okay to crate your dog when you need to get something done.
4. That Bailey does not like cats.
But I am asking for your suggestions - how did you teach your pups to consistently stay away from things (such as a litter box or to stay off the countertops) even when you are not home?
Does your dog have issues with cats? How did you resolve that?

I learned a lot this weekend. I learned:
1. That I have a lot to learn.
2. That I need to have a stockpile of toys/chews to keep her busy.
3. That it is okay to crate your dog when you need to get something done.
4. That Bailey does not like cats. 
But I am asking for your suggestions - how did you teach your pups to consistently stay away from things (such as a litter box or to stay off the countertops) even when you are not home? 
Does your dog have issues with cats? How did you resolve that?

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@goingforgolden

@lunathegreatbernese thank you so much for your suggestions! Ill be needing a kong it sounds like!!

@lunathegreatbernese

Redirection was everything. Bones, frozen kongs, antlers and benebone chew toys were the first thing we turned Luna to if she was chewing something she shouldn’t. If she accepted it, we would periodically reward her with small pieces of rollover. She showed no interest in kitty litter at my brother’s and the few times she jumped on the counter we again immediately redirected her to things she could have. I also kept everything higher up or off the counter food wise so that she didn’t even have the option. When I’m away she is crated due to her current penchant for chewing wires. For the things she kept going to (a particular baseboard and bookshelf) we sprayed them with apple sour bitters. She hated the taste and went back to her toys. Luckily Luna wasn’t much of a chewer but patience was key. ❤️

@kaley_jae_15

@goingforgolden so is ours. We only have a doorway separating the master and laundry room from the rest of the house

@psychiatricservicederp

But what helped a lot for both animals was having Lizzie lay down and just wait. Let the cat get more comfortable, make the dog calm down some. Having Lizzie roll over so she is more submissive helped. And using focus and reward so she would look at me rather than the cat. That helps the cat feel more comfortable too, cause eye contact is a pretty dominant thing for them. Be patient though, it definitely takes time, but you'll get it!

@psychiatricservicederp

So Lizzie LOVES cats, but she wants to play with them, and cats don't love that. Some cats are sassy enough to stand up for themselves, and Liz learned pretty quickly to let those cats alone after a few bats in the face. Cats that are more skittish were what we've had to work on. Sometimes we would just have her 'leave it,'.

@amulderandasoldier

@goingforgolden also, what kind of "issues" do Bailey and your cat have? Aggression, fear, showing too much interest / won't leave them alone, etc?

@amulderandasoldier

@goingforgolden Where is your litter box kept currently? Is it possible to keep the cat in the room that it's in? Possibly leave the cat to roam if you leave with Bailey and then put them back in when you return. That say they both get some time out but aren't bothering each other? I don't know the layout of your house so it's hard to recommend specific things aha.

@amulderandasoldier

@kaley_jae_15 Definitely!! Esp in multi animal households. I wish we had them lol Everyone has sit for has a few. I can't wait to have my own house 😭

@goingforgolden

@kaley_jae_15 my issue is that my house is A) really small but B) really open. We dont really have hallways :/ out kitchen/dining room/living room is all one big space

@fnsromero

Talk to someone at the training facility for tips, make sure nothing you might do at home would interfere with what they’ve taught them the last two years.

@kaley_jae_15

@chasingnirvanastay baby gates are a life saver!

@owlisun

Our lab has always been nice to cats occasionally will chase one.

@owlisun

Keeping things for them to chew on is a must. To save money on toys you can tie big knots in socks and old clothes for them to have. Huge bones are nice to give them while your gone for the day to keep them busy. I would keep doors shut on rooms you don't want any damage done to or crate while away.

@amulderandasoldier

Also if you have other questions, I'd be happy to answer anything I can as well.

@amulderandasoldier

We don't have cats but Esuda really wants our 11 year old Jack/Chi to love her and when she growls or tries to get away from her, Celtic tries to attack him. I taught Esuda a solid leave it. This works for everything from food to toys to objects, harmful or just that she has no reason to touch, and dogs and people. For litterboxes, I would recommend using baby gates or a room or somewhere that you cat can access but not the dog. It's safer that way just in case and saves a lot of clean up, toothbrushing, and overall disgust LOL Baby gates are pretty much my savior and my house will have them in most doorways to he able to give our dogs, puppies, or cats a safe space.

@kaley_jae_15

Sorry that was super long but i have experienced so much of those thoughts and worries myself...this is just worked for us

@kaley_jae_15

We have a baby gate separating the “dog zone” from the “cat zone”. Our master bedroom and bathroom and laundry room are all in the “cat zone” the baby gate is set up so the dogs can not pass the doorway to those areas (and constantly scolded when they get too close). The dogs have the living room/dining room/kitchen area. ONLY! when we are home. We crate them every night in the dining room and during the day when we are gone we move the crates around to cut them off from the areas we don’t want them. During the summer we cut them off from the house completely. Currently during the winter they can’t be left outside to freeze so we kind of “hamster tunnel” the two crates so they can get into one crate from the doggie door and then connect the other crate further in the house so they stay a little warmer (cause they have been bad and chewed the corners off the dog door) it’s a lot of work! But it has worked for us...they also have a million toys and they mostly ignore them. I have learned to scavenge for fallen branches and designated a chew station for them. They have their own couch to chew sticks on (I constantly shake out and wash the blankets covering said couch) but they know it’s their own spot. When I hamster crate them I make sure to throw a few sticks in with them to chew to keep them busy. Retrievers (my dogs are half retriever) love to chew things and tear them apart. Don’t spend money on something that won’t last lol

@gracie.meets.world

Gracie has issues with both and we use the same methods for both. Its still major work in progress for both and cats was easier for her. First off we try to always set her up for success and not give her the opportunity to mess up. She's not left alone in rooms by herself unless crated as she s opportunist and not reliable with them. She's gotten a lot better with cats using her leave it command and having her in a down/settle in the same room. An ecollar has helped a ton as well and she hardly ever gives chase now but still is over interested some. The counter thing we have to keep an eye and ear out for her as she will get up still when left alone. We use the ecollar for that as well but it's taking more time when there's higher value stuff on the counter etc

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