A lot of people believe that dogs & cats can’t live together peacefully in the same household, but a lot of pet owners showed how it could be done. You need time to teach your dog not to chase cats or another animal. Since you are fighting against the dog’s instinct, you need to have enough patience.
Some basic training & reward reinforcement will help you to go a long way toward getting your dog & cat acquainted. You need to have treats for both of your dog & cat, then choose the favorite treat that will make each animal happy. They will stop fighting over after getting treats, & when they finish it, praise them for being good. Keep doing it for 5-6 times, & they will figure out that you don’t want them fighting.
Anytime You see your dog is going to chase the cat, stop him, then make him clam & ask for the attention. If he becomes calm, reward him, but if he still strains toward the cat, then you need to take a few steps away from the cat & ask for the attention again. You should keep moving away from the cat until your dog gives you the attention and becomes calm.
Another way, you can train your dog is by letting him run around a fenced-in yard before you introduce the cat. This way your dog will become tired & less likely to chase the cat during the introduction.
You can also stop your dog from chasing cats by teaching your dog the “Leave it” command.
How To Teach “Leave It” Command?
First, you need to put some good treat in your hand, & make sure that your dog knows it is there. Then close your hand into a fist, & hold it still. Your dog will nose all over your hand while getting the treat, but you should say Leave-it, and wait for him/her to stop nosing the hand. As soon as your dog stops, you can say “Yes” while giving the treat. Thus by repeating the process for 4-5 times, your dog will learn the command.
When your dog learns the command, he will stop doing it.
Emily Anna is a dog lover who is studying Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science at University of Bristol. She is a regular author of this blog & also a former author of Lucky Pet Dogs and One Dog Day Care.