It can turn out to be very frustrating if your dog continuously chasing cats. Sometimes dogs chase cats because of it’s an option for amusement. Since dogs are fast and quick they always want to chase something & that’s why dogs tend to chase cats. Cats have a natural instinct to run away from the dog, & when a dog notices it makes them excited.
Why dogs chase cats
Dogs feel a natural urge to chase the cat. Some cats perceive dogs as a threat which makes them run away from dogs & when a dog notices it creates an urge to chase the cat. Also, there are some herding and terrier breeds who have a natural predatory instinct that causes to chase cats.
The cats run to save his life and the dog chases it as a matter of amusement which sometimes become a great game to watch.
Sometimes, dogs can become very serious and aggressive & also end up causing an injury to the cat. So, in this case, it’s a good idea to muzzle the dog since it’s the safest choice. There are many types of the muzzle which comes in many sizes and styles. However, at first, dogs tend to deny the muzzle so you need to teach the dog to wear the muzzle.
Dogs like to sniff anything they see, so at first, you can take the muzzle on your hands & show it to the dog. Also, allow the dog to sniff it.
Take the muzzle & hold it like a bow by putting a nice treat inside.
Keep holding the muzzle so that your dog tries to get the treat.
Keep feeding the dog from the muzzle for several times.
Carrier techniques to stop dog from chasing cats
Remember not all dogs want to chase cats, but those who find it amusement tend to chase cats.
A protective carry technique makes it easier to interact with the dog and the cat together. You should take your dog under the leash by showing the cat in front of the dog. But keep in mind that if your cat is confident with the dog then this will work.
First of all, take your cat in a protective carrier & keep your dog in the other room. Make cat feel relaxed by giving his favorite treats or toys.
Once your cat is relaxed brin the dog in the room & give some sweet treats. Make sure you keep both of them focused on you.
Give your dog the sit command by following you on the leash.
When your dog reacts normally then give more treats so that the dog redirects his attention and ignores the cat.
Proper management to prevent the dog from chasing the cat
This is a well-known option to prevent any dog from chasing cats. In this method, you need to arrange the surroundings to stop this behavior of the dog. The best thing about this is that the dog really doesn’t get any chance to act aggressively also the cat feels safe. It’s very important to stop the dog from chasing the cat because the more a dog gets the chance to chase a cat the more likely he will keep doing it.
You need to make a friendly introduction between the dog and the cat. At first, your dog may bark or show hostile behavior toward the cat, so you need to control the situation so that the dog can’t show any inappropriate behavior. You need to have a quiet place where the dog is well associated with good things. Whenever the dog shows any inappropriate behavior simply lure the dog away or calmly lead him.
Training the dog
If you want the permanent result then it’s a good idea to train the dog. If you reinforce the dog to behave with appropriate positive manner then he will do whatever you accept from him.
To train your dog, first of all, you need to have his one of the most favorite treats. Take the treats & show it to the dog while the cat is present in the room. Whenever your dog puts his attention on the cat redirect the attention by showing the treats. Keep doing this whole thing for several times. This way your dog will ignore the cat completely and focus on the treat. After several times the dog will learn that the rewards are forthcoming if he ignores the cat. Remember, you should show him the most desirable treats, not normal treats. When your dog really ignores the cat then you can assure that the dog won’t follow the cat & the cat can have the peace of mind.
Training the cat
Since some cats tend to become insecure while seeing the cat it’s important to teach the cat not to feel afraid of the dog. When your dog ignores the cat it’s time to change the behavior of the cat as well. First of all, you need to take your cat to a safe area where both of these animals can feel relaxed. You need to feed some of the favorite treats to the cat so he doesn’t feel afraid of the dog & redirects the attention on food.
Mental and Physical exercise
IF your dog is very stubborn in chasing cat then there are some other ways you can take advantage of. You can simply make your dog tired by taking him on exercise for a long period of time or you can make him bore. If you take the dog for running, walking or swimming for a long period of time then he will become tired and ignore the cat.
You can also redirect the attention of your dog by giving him his favorite toys such as chew toy.
Raining for dog surfing rewards
Always remember that the dogs are reward-driven. If you reward the dog with treats then you can make him do anything. By taking advantage of this you can also change the inappropriate behavior. Always have patience and persistent with reward stimulation. By using treats you can control and redirect the attention of both of these animals.
Teach the dog to resist the chase.
Keep the meeting stress free
It’s very important to make both of these animals calm and relaxed during the interaction otherwise accident might happen. It may seem to be difficult but here are some ideas below
Take favorite treat for both dog and cat.
Teach the dog to sit, stay and leave it a command. When the dog is done then you can bring the cat in the same room.
Introduce them & if the dog becomes excited then command him “leave it” and if the cat feels afraid of him then use treats to redirect his mind.
Tips to stop dog from chasing cats.
Teach the dog to behave nicely with cats
Make a friendly relationship ship between the dog & the cat
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.