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so i recently got a new pupper and she's really great but she's too interested in my pet rats. she's lept and snapped at them a few times and stares at their cage. i love her to death but they were here first and i want them to at least ignore each other.

i tried to correct this behavior by spraying her with a water bottle, and while it's done great in keeping her away from them, her reaction is like, pure terror and she starts shaking. she also still seems to watch them although she doesn't approach them anymore.

are there any better methods of correcting this or am i just going to have to go the tough love route?
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Attacking small animals is a dog instinct. To change that instinct you'll have to familiarize your dog to the rats very slowly over many weeks. You don't want to make your dog fear the rats due to negative reinforcement. Gradually bring your rats out of their cage while holding them in your hand and talk calmly to your dog to let her know she won't get punished if she approaches them. Let your dog learn that you care about the rats and her, and that they aren't her enemies. As the days go on gradually bring the rats closer to her while keeping a hand on her to make sure she doesn't lunge. Your dog will eventually learn.
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>>2172579
that seems pretty doable, she just makes me nervous because i don't have any place high up to put the cage and she's lunged at it before. introducing them will be a process but i don't want her to accidentally kill them before that.

i just hate spraying her, i feel like a monster when i do it but she won't respond to any distractions. not loud noises, not treats or toys, or her name.
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>>2172574
is your dog a terrier?
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>>2172586
shes some sort of pit bull, the guy rehoming her never really specified the breed beyond that and i can't quite tell
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>>2172588
post feet
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>>2172590
pics* i mean
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>>2172591
nice meme
she kinda looks like a pit but also kinda like an American bulldog to me?
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>>2172592
your dog looks like Petey (the american bulldog one, not the pitbull). But i'm not sure.
Try to leave your rats in a different room if you think things are going to get ugly.
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>>2172588
you do know pits are terriers right?
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>>2172598
it didn't register until just now, i think i might be retarded
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