We're having some weather in PA and having some of the same exercise issues. Mrs. Walters is a year old and if she can't get a good walk in first thing she can get a little stir crazy. I do my best to give her as much people playtime as possible on those days especially. I think what makes a real difference is that we make sure that she's really got something good and special to chew on. It helps a lot. Bully sticks have helped occupy her time on bad weather days. As for the kitties. We have literally been going 'no kitty. Kitty doesn't want to play.' since we brought her home. She gets a time out in the crate if she doesn't listen. It's so cute when she really tries so hard not to play with kitty! She does this little dance next to her. She really tries! But all bets are off if the kitty runs. We make sure all the kitties have dog no go zones where they can feel relaxed. It's tough but training a cat is useless and training a basenji.... you'd better have some good treats, lol.
Having said that another feral moved in and we've been taking care of her. She LOVES the dog. They spoon and then play 'chase me chase' me all over the house. Sigh. I'll post (spooning) pictures.
How old is Arlo? Can you 'time out' crate him if he chases?
Our new basenji pup is coming along very well with her training. She's four and a half months old and a total cuddle love bug. She's got a very good temperament with no aggression or fearfulness. She's been cool about the vet, no I lie, she loves our vet. She's quite the social little thing.
She's housebroken knows the house rules for the most part.
She also gets no unsupervised time out of the crate.
She sleeps in the bed, but is crated when we are away from the house. We both work from home for the most part so she's never been crated for more than 3 hours She's cool with the crate for the most part though she does grumble when she thinks she's been put in there for 'no good reason'.
We also have three lovely rescue cats. I say rescue because we have a cat dumping problem at the end of our road. Not cool. All of the cats we have decided we were their people.
Our boy cat has made friends with Mrs. Walters. They are besties. As long as she doesn't puppy play too rough. I'm expecting their relationship to blossom as she grows out of puppyhood. Here's the thing, our two 'grey slayers' have learned that we have a 'zero tolerance' with puppy play with them. They don't run away from her, but they do hunker down and get a little hissy. We don't allow Mrs. Walters to bother them, or be on the same couch/nook with them. These cats have taken to hanging out near her and basically teasing her so they can take a swipe. The cats are too smart! They know this puts the puppy in a crate time out and they win!
No one is pleased with this - except the cats.
One of the reason we decided on a puppy was to increase the chance that they would all get along. And honestly I think it's going as well as can be expected.
So here is the question. As far as puppy play goes, will Mrs Walters eventually get it and ignore the cats that don't want to play? Any training tips? (besides ejecting the cats from the house)
My goal is eventually to let her roam around the home a bit with less supervision. But there is no way I'm gonna leave her alone with the grey kitties right now!