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How to teach your dog not to chase cats?

Not to chase a cat, whether it is the house cat or the neighbor's cat, is part of the educational principles that it is fundamental to inculcate in your dog. It is necessary to do it as soon as possible so that it does not become a habit, especially since it is also very useful not to be angry with the neighbor. So let's see what is the best way for your dog to learn not to chase cats and how to introduce a dog and a cat that will have to live under the same roof.

Cats and dogs can get along very well

These pets are not the worst enemies in the world. We all have examples of dogs and cats that get along like a house on fire. Generally, a beautiful complicity can even link a dog and a cat raised together since their youngest age. Of course, this also depends on the character of each.

However, if there are any sparks in the relationship between these two animals, it is necessary to intervene so that this changes. It is important to take things in hand very quickly if the poor kitty is constantly being chased by the dog. But if this cold war has been going on forever, it's best to turn to a behaviorist veterinarian for help.

Adopting a cat when you have a dog: making the right introductions

If you already own a dog and you want to adopt a cat (or vice versa), it is very important to introduce the animals to each other. In order to make the contact smoothly, we choose a neutral place which must be neither the cat's territory, nor the place where the dog is used to reigning as master. It can therefore be a room in the house where no animal ever enters.

You have to be patient because these introductions can take time. A pet that is already at home is likely to disapprove of a disruptive intruder and push him away. The best idea is to provide treats for each of them in order to de-stress them but also to congratulate them with encouraging words if everything goes well. But it is imperative to keep the dog on a leash during these taming sessions.

When the cat and the dog get along well and know each other well enough, it will still be necessary to supervise them for a few days in order to make sure that the kitty is not at risk. Be careful, however, to interpret the dog's attitude correctly. The dog may be chasing the cat to play, not to wring its neck!

Punish the dog in a constructive way

If the dog chases the cat despite the owner's best efforts to dissuade it, it should be punished. The best way to do this is to catch the dog in the act and put him away in a room that should be designated for this type of punishment. The purpose of this seclusion is to allow the dog to understand that he has not been behaving properly. However, the dog should not stay away for more than 5 or 10 minutes, as it would be pointless to stay away longer.

After this time, the dog should be led by its collar into the room where the cat is, in order to repeat the exercise. If the dog does not cooperate, it should be immediately returned to the room where the cat is to be removed, and so on. After some back and forth, he should accept the presence of the cat without chasing him.

But until this victory is achieved, patience is required, as well as consistency and firmness. On the other hand, it is useless to yell at the dog and of course, he should not be beaten if he runs after the cat.

Diverting the dog's attention during each outing

If the dog chases the neighborhood cats on every walk, you should not let him go out alone, but accompany him and keep him on a leash. To do this, he must be at least partially trained and know how to obey when his owner gives him the order not to touch. If the dog pulls on the leash to chase a cat, the owner should repeat the command firmly and shorten the leash as much as possible. If the dog seems to calm down, a treat should be given to him. This learning process can last a couple of weeks and should always be done in the same way.

At the same time, it can be effective to exercise your dog on a leash throughout the walk. This way, the dog stays focused on what his owner wants from him, and he can more easily divert his attention from the cats he is likely to meet. Again, if he is cooperative, he should be congratulated and given a treat.

Of course, if the dog has to stay in the garden when its owners are away (work, school, college...), it is highly recommended to fence the property. It is radical so that he stops chasing the cats and disturbs the neighborhood at the same time. It must be recognized that such an attitude is not very reassuring for people, stressful for kittens, and it increases the risk of accidents for both the hunter and the hunted.