Jackie, Sophie's Mom
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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OK, I'm no expert...just recalling some things from Dog Whisperer and It's Me or The Dog.
Calm energy is the key. When she introduces Bebe to her dog(s)? she needs to make sure both are in a calm, not excited state. Hopefully butt sniffing will follow and they can get acquainted. Another good way to make friends is to take them both for a brisk walk, get them into the zone to help them get rid of any excitement or fear with the first meeting.
As far as the cat goes...Does Bebe try to avoid or attack? If she avoids but the cat still goes after her, you should step in and protect Bebe's space. Then she will see you as a calm assertive pack leader. If Bebe has a high pray drive, you may want to start with the cat in a crate and try to get Bebe to lay down close to it, first making sure she is in a calm state. That way they can get used to eachother's smells in a calm setting. Alternately, I've seen Victoria Stillwell use food. Anytime the cat is in the room with Bebe you could say "look, kitty" and give her a treat. Pretty soon she will understand that when kitty is around, good things happen. Or, you could use distraction, get her to play with a toy if she gets nervous while kitty is around.
Just some ideas...hope it all works out well. And remember, if your friend is fearful, or imagines some bad scenarios, success is less likely. If she envisions what she wants to happen and stays calm and assertive, the animals will respond better with that energy.