Training your dog to not be aggressive to cats can be difficult and time-consuming, but it’s possible with the right training regimen. If you’re looking to train your dog to stop chasing or attacking cats, here are some tips that will help you do so effectively and safely.
Can you train a dog from being aggressive towards cats?
There are some steps you can take before training that will reduce aggression towards cats and other animals; spay or neuter your dog, make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise and attention, and provide him with his toys to keep him busy so he's not as likely to get bored or frustrated and become…
Will my dog hurt my cat?
Not that it happens rarely. It is quite common for dogs to want to hurt cats. It's just that
- cats are pretty good at staying away from dogs that prefer not to be around and
- dogs are quite effective in eradicating cats. The wounds they inflict are often deep and crushing.
Many times, dogs and cats can live happily together in the same home. Is that not your case? Does your dog not stop attacking the poor kitty? We teach you how to stop your dog from attacking your cat through these steps:
Step 1: Separate the animals physically
You have already realized that your dog and your cat cannot live together in the same space for now. For the good of the two, you should have them in separate rooms, without seeing each other. In each room, the pet should have everything it needs to eat, drink and go to the bathroom.
Step 2: Exercise
For your dog to be a balanced animal, it must have a good dose of exercise every day. Conveniently, you take him out for a walk, a run or to play with the ball for at least half an hour, two or three times a day. In this way, you will ensure that your dog releases his energies and is tired and calm at home.
Step 3: Obedience
You will need to teach your dog basic obedience commands to keep him away from your cat and to interrupt any situation that could lead to an attack. Teach him to sit down, stay still, and drop something, through constant and responsible work.
Step 4: Gather the animals progressively
Your dog will already be somewhat trained and balanced from exercise, so it's time to re-introduce the cat. To start, you just have to open the door that separates them a little but take care that there is not enough room left for them to pass. Leave the door like this for a couple of days, so that they have the opportunity to smell and hear each other, but without having direct contact.
If you see that the two days pass and there are no signs of aggression, you can put the two animals together. To do this you will have to put the leash on your dog and enter the cat's room. You will only do it if the dog is calm and does not pull on the leash.
During the meeting give them treats and treat your pets with affection. Never scold him or yell at him because that way he won't understand if he misbehaves. Do not take off the leash, just be there for a little while and go back out. Repeat the procedure for a few days and you will see that the attacks will not recur.
- One of the best things you can do to stop your dog from attacking your cat is to neuter or sterilize it, as this will reduce the instinct of aggression and fighting.
- Punishing your dog every time he attacks your cat will only cause the behavior to repeat itself.
- Ask a dog trainer for help if you can't teach him the commands or if you prefer an expert on the subject.
By following all these steps and these tips, you will be able to make your dog leave your cat alone once and for all.
Follow these tips and very soon your dog and cat will have a better coexistence relationship