They may be a similar size, but your cat is often considerably more vicious than your dog. To start with, they seemed to get on quite well. You did your best to try and socialize them as suggested. Unfortunately though, like many romances, they grew apart. Now all that is left is bitterness and anger. But it’s the violence you are most concerned about. You don’t want either to be left with injuries. Nor do you like the thought of expensive vet bills.
Training your small dog to stay away from cats could prevent any conflict. No longer will you have to panic when you hear the sound of barking or the cat screeching. You don’t want either pet living with such stress either. You want happy, relaxed pets in your home. Succeed and you won’t have to worry about dampening neighbor relations over your dog's appetite for their cats any longer.
Training any dog to stay away from cats can prove difficult. However, with small dogs, the challenge can be even harder. This is because small dogs will often feel threatened more easily. But while training may not be easy, it is definitely still achievable. The first thing to do is employ a number of deterrence measures to discourage any interaction. You will also need to use obedience commands to assert your control and keep him following the rules. Positive reinforcement will also be required to motivate your dog to stay away from cats.
If he’s a puppy he should be a fast learner and eager to please. You could see results in just a couple of weeks. If he’s older and this habit has been many years in the making, then you may need a couple of months to fully break the habit. Get this training right and you’ll have a relaxed, happy and safe dog.
Before you start working you will need to collect a few items. A water spray bottle will be needed for one of the methods. You will also need cat flaps if you have cats in the same house. Some food puzzles and toys will be required, as will treats that your dog just can't resist.
Try and set aside a few minutes each day for training, at a time where there won’t be any cats around.
Apart from that, just bring patience and a positive attitude, then work can begin!