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Dog picking up kittens

A dog showed up at our house today and has been sticking around all day. We also have 3 cats, 2 kittens and an older cat. Well our older cat has been in a tree ever since the dog showed up. Our kittens however are not scared. The dog was fine with them for awhile. Now the dog keeps trying and sometimes succeeding in picking them up. How can we get the dog to stop? We are planning on keeping her if no one claims her.

 
RaeLynn1221

Asked by RaeLynn1221 at 8:39 PM on Aug. 15, 2009 in Pets

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  • It sounds like she is trying to mother them in a way... Dogs have tendencies in doing this. An interesting story to read if you havent heard it already... http://www.bluecorncomics.com/2009/07/indian-dog-steals-baby.html

    Try and keep the dog separated for a while... At least until the kittens can defend themselves. Good luck.. and I think its absolutely sweet of you to keep this dog :)
    youngfirsttimer

    Answer by youngfirsttimer at 12:17 AM on Aug. 16, 2009

  • You should try to keep the dog away from the kittens for a few days. Then slowly introduce them to the dog one by one, and if the dog goes to pick them up tell him no and take the kitten away. Be firm but gentle with the dog. You don't want him to think that he can't play with them, you just have to show him that he cannot pick them up or he will not be allowed to play with them.
    lilbit837

    Answer by lilbit837 at 9:25 PM on Aug. 15, 2009

  • Above advice is good. You can also try to redirect him. Give him a Kong to play with or other toys to occupy him.

    SalemWitchChild

    Answer by SalemWitchChild at 10:45 PM on Aug. 15, 2009

  • is the dog trying to mother the kittens or play with them? maybe she recently had puppies or is lactating. my aunt had a dog that fostered a kitten...
    ranedare

    Answer by ranedare at 10:59 PM on Aug. 15, 2009

  • My Border Collie used to pick up our barn kittens. He wasn't trying to hurt them, just didn't understand what they were. He used to move them around, would drive Momma Cat crazy! I wish I could tell you how to make your dog stop, try telling her no when she goes near the cats.
    kustomkrochet

    Answer by kustomkrochet at 6:33 AM on Aug. 16, 2009

  • Thanks everyone for the advice. Unfortunately it is no longer needed. DH and DD went for a walk last night and had the dog with them. Well a neighbor from down the road saw them and said "There's my dog." :( We enjoyed having here around. She is a chocolate lab. She stuck around our house all day, would go over to the neighbors and jump in their little pond and them come back. She played fetch, but wasn't trained other than that.

    RaeLynn1221

    Answer by RaeLynn1221 at 9:20 AM on Aug. 16, 2009

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