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When I lost my old dog it turned out that both the cats and I weren't ready to not have a Doberman again. So I borrowed a puppy from a friend.
He was nearly six months old and while he had a lot of training for many things he'd never lived with a cat.
Forward another six months. This is the only dog I've ever had that wears a collar full time. And that's so he has my hand in his collar when he goes from room to room with me. While he's now much better with the cats this puppy turned out to be long on prey drive and while my cats wouldn't always run from him, if they did, it was "game
on!" But now he does leave the cats alone when I tell him to.
And now the cats voluntarily come into the room to visit him and the cat who was most attached my old dog has taken to marking the borrowed puppy--it mystifies him because he can't believe the cat will approach him, rub back and forth across his legs and feet. The other cat--who is very old and who has raised and lived with Dobermans most of his 17 years--now will sit on my bed (where the puppy is not allowed) and let the puppy wash his ears).
It'll go faster with a younger puppy but keeping the puppy on leash is a good idea anyway and I used to use an x-pen when I had a new puppy or new dog who didn't know about cats and I was trying to get something done--I'd drop the puppy in the pen and the cats would come and stare but were out of too much attention from a rambunctious puppy.
Good luck--with some help from you they'll work it out.