A house with a dog and a cat is a common situation. In fact, many family considered dogs and cats as extension of their family. As such, these two different species should have been become friends considering their role in the human family. But instead of living together peacefully, these pets often end up fighting each other. A Dog-chasing-a-cat scenario wouldn’t happen if proper introduction and subsequent dog training was provided.
The moment you bring home your new dog, do not force them to like each other immediately. Go slow and limit the exposure time. It is better if the cat is in another room when the new dog (in a crate or with a leash) gets in. This aims to teach the dog that there are rules he must follow and cannot just do anything he wanted. Through the safety of the crate or leash, allow the cat to check or explore the newcomer. Praise the dog for being friendly around the cat, otherwise correct him by saying “no”. You may also want to make the environment appear enjoyable when the cat comes in. This will eventually associate positive and pleasant feeling with the cat.
When the dog is already used to having the cat around and is not barking every time the latter gets in the room, you can let him out of the crate. If the dog starts to show aggression, correct him at once before it turns into growling and hissing. Give the command “no” in a firm manner. Reward the dog for showing friendly behavior to the cat.
Although introductions have been done successfully, you still need to take necessary measures to ensure that the peace and friendship between them will prevail. It is best to separate cats and dogs at mealtimes. Dogs tend to protect everything he considered as his property, including his food. He could possibly attack the cat or chomp down his meal immediately and could possibly develop digestive problems.
To lessen the risk of them fighting, keep an eye on them as often as possible. If you won’t be around to supervise, do not allow them to stay together in one room.
To prevent hostility and rivalry between your cat and your dog, make sure you provide proper introduction and adequate dog training.
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