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Training a new puppy and kitten

When we decided to get a new kitten and puppy together people said we were mad, but I was convinced that from knowing each other as babies the two would always get on - having never known a house without the other.

When it came to collection date we had to firstly ensure that both kitten and puppy had been receiving the regular worming and flea treatment that they required. Fortunately both animals had considerate and knowledgeable owners who had treated them with worming tablets and flea treatment, so we were confident taking them away clean and infestation free.


Before we had picked the new pets up we had already decided on both cat and dog names. Thumbelina for the kitten and Fenna for the puppy. We arrived with the animals' new collars/leads and carriers to make transportation home easy. Once we arrived home the real fun and training could begin.

We knew from our research that the kitten should be litter trained and to have the litter tray ready for her to use. We introduced her to it straight away and continued to stand her in it every hour to ensure she knew where it was and what it was for. Sure enough she did her first wee and poo in it relatively quickly and thus we were confident that she was litter trained. Dogs are much trickier to train and the process can take months rather than hours as it does for a cat. The important key to puppy house training is to know the signs of a dog needing to use the toilet, so sniffing on the floor, circling an area and starting to squat. The earlier you spot the signs the better, and then encourage them outside and ask them to do their business. Whatever phrase you use, stick with it and remember to give massive praise and maybe even some dog treats when they perform outside. Scolding a puppy for messing in the house is not going to aid house training, so remember to have plenty of patience and to spend time training them.


We provided both kitten and puppy with a nice new bed in the utility room which they both settled in really well. We were fortunate enough to not have problems with them settling in the night and I do think it is because they had each other for company.

Thumbelina was definitely easiest to train as she was litter trained within hours and learnt how to use the cat flap a few months later quickly and with no fuss. House training Fenna took a lot more patience and time as did training her out and about but persistence, continuity and patience were the key and within six months she was fully house, lead and walk trained and they both settled in really well together.

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