How to Stop Your Dog From Going After Your Cats

Dogs with a high prey drive need diligent training to coexist with cats.
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You love both of them, but sometimes the relationship between Fido and Fluffy may best be described as "bloodthirsty." Training your dog to stop going after your cats is a process that takes weeks or months, not hours or days, and your cats' lives depend on your consistent diligence.

Step 1

Kennel your dog and securely close the crate door. Allow the cat into the room until the dog discontinues any aggressive or excited behavior. If your dog is particularly wigged out by the presence of your feline friend, you may need to cover the kennel with a sheet or limit this step to a few minutes each day, gradually increasing the length of exposure until they can coexist with your pup behind bars.

Step 2

Secure your cat in the cat carrier. Bring your collared and leashed dog into the room. Let him calmly investigate the crated cat. Any barking, growling or attempts to open the carrier must receive a firm "no" and immediate removal from the area, followed by another try. Alternate steps 1 and 2 until each animal is consistently calm.

Step 3

Walk your securely leashed dog toward your free cat. Reward calm behavior and cat-ignoring. If the dog lunges toward the cat or becomes excited, walk backwards away from the cat so that your dog must turn and look at you. Continue until the dog can ignore a cat in the same room while on leash. This is likely to require a lot of treats

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