Getting along like cats and dogs has never been known as a good thing. Though they both are predators, even small dogs seem to think they should chase down cats. Most felines also don't appreciate canine rambunctiousness and have no problem swatting a pooch in the face if he comes too close. So what can a lover of those who bark and those who meow do? Can the two worlds ever live in peace?
While some pups and kitties can figure things out on their own, lots need a little intervention to smooth things over. Basically, it all boils down to how much prey drive your dog has. Prey drive is a natural instinct that helps wild dogs get dinner. As pooches have been domesticated, this urge has been decreased, but it's always still there to an extent.
This drive causes your pupper to go totally primal when a cat starts to run. The chase is then on, much to your kitty's dismay. The amount of training it will take to convince your pets to cooperate will vary depending on your animals themselves, but be prepared to spend weeks of work before progress is achieved. If your dog is still a puppy, they may get used to cats sooner than an older dog who has never been fond of felines.
So now that you have your goal in view, you need to be prepared. Some handy things to have include:
Sometimes the animals are just on polar opposite sides of the spectrum. In these rare cases, you may have to consider finding a new home for one of the animals, for the safety of both.
Below are some great ways to teach your dog how to react to the presence of a cat. It's best to focus on the dog's behavior, as they respond better to training (and often are responsible for interactions going bad).