You’ve recently welcomed a new dog into your home, to join the kids, partner and cat that already live there. While the kids and the dog seem to love each other, the cat and the canine don’t seem to be getting on quite so well. In fact, the dog chases, scares, and barks at the cat whenever he gets the chance. Your cat has been part of the family for many years, so as much as you love your new dog, the cat's happiness is important too. To make matters worse, the dog also scares the life out of the neighbor's cat too.
You don’t want your dog developing a taste for cat, that won’t end well for anyone. You need to train him to stay away so he doesn’t cause one serious injury. Injuries can lead to hefty vet bills that you don’t want to foot!
Training your dog to stay away from cats won’t be easy but with consistent training, it can be achieved. Firstly, you need to set down some unbreakable rules when it comes to cats. You need to enforce those rules using a number of deterrence measures. You will also need to use positive reinforcement through a variety of tasty rewards to keep cats strictly off the menu. If he’s a puppy and chasing cats is a new habit, then you should be able to train it out of him in just a couple of weeks. If he’s been causing cats grief for years, then this ingrained habit may require up to 6 weeks to fully kick.
Succeeding with this training may save the life of your cat or someone else’s. Not to mention a dog that develops a taste for cats may go on to develop a taste for biting other living things, too!
Before you end the reign of terror you will need to get a few bits together. A spray bottle full of water may prove essential. You’ll also need your dog's favorite food or treats to motivate and reward him.
Cat flaps that your dog can’t fit through will also be needed for one of the methods. Some chewy and enticing toys will also be required to channel your pooch's energy and aggression elsewhere.
Apart from that, just bring the right attitude and a good degree of patience and you’re ready to get to work!