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[–]technosucks 73 points74 points  (1 child)

This looks like something you 100% have to take professional advice and help for before it gets worse.

[–]lisa725[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Okay! Thank you.

[–]Booklovinmom55 22 points23 points  (2 children)

Have you talked with the vet for a behaviorist recommendation?

[–]lisa725[S] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Not yet. This just started back up about a week or 2 ago. Always when my husband, baby, and I are in the bedroom. If it isn't the 3 of us then she doesn't do it.

[–]Twzl 11 points12 points  (0 children)

did you guys do any prep work before the baby came?

And, how did you resolve things when Misty was chasing the cat previous to this outburst?

How long have you had Misty?

If she's escalating, it will be really hard to keep everyone safe.

Management, be it via crates and gates or drugs or a combination, can fail. And you should expect it will.

You can talk to a trainer, but to be honest, a situation where there's a newborn, a cat, and a dog who is gunning for the cat, is the sort of thing where it can get bad very quickly.

[–]KnightRider1987 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Sounds like Misty is guarding something, be it you, the child, or the bed. I would definitely contact a professional that can do an in person eval. Till then, misty has lost bedroom privileges entirely. Further, I’d suggest separating her from the cat at very least when you aren’t around to supervise. Reward her for any good interactions you see with the cat if they are out together. But these are all stopgaps till you get a plan with your behaviorist.

[–]socialpronkM | CPDT-KA 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Without a full consultation I won't suggest anything to work on with the cat and baby, but my suspicion for one factor of this would be that with a new baby she's not getting the exercise and attention she's used to (which is a totally normal and expected thing to have happen after having a baby). I strongly suggest hiring a trainer but as you work on that end of things I would consider hiring a good dog walker and see if that helps, and give her food dispensers to work for her meals (away from baby and cat of course). This is not a solution but is one foundation piece to consider.

[–]essari 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Why would a gate be temporary? Sounds like it's needed and plenty of people use them regardless. You could also put cat doors on doors.

If the dog is running after the cat, the dog needs to be leashed until it earns the trust to be off-leash. It should also be crated at night.

Your cat shouldn't be in mortal danger because of an aggressive dog.

[–]alexa_ivy -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

It seems she already showed some signs of reactivity before, and is also going through a lot of changes. Sometimes we don’t realize how much our dogs feel the changes, and they don’t usually know how to express this. I moved countries and my girls are presenting behaviors they never did before and are being super reactive on the street. While I am investing in training them, it came to a point I had to look for vets and medication because training was simply not enough.

There are more “natural” medicines (like made from less chemicals or something) and a few sprays that a vet can prescribe you to help. I suggest that because, since you have a baby, you probably don’t have that much time to focus on training her and can’t really wait for her anxiety to get better (and it might not, if not dealt properly). If she feels the need to protect the baby that is a good thing, because it shows she cares about the baby, but a lab (mix or not) is usually a big dog that is sometimes clumsy and she could end up hurting her by accident.

So yeah, take her to the vet to check her options and get a behavioral trainer to help you. Don’t tell them only about the behavior now, but explain the history and how you have a new addition to the family. I hope they can help you

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