Don’t Let Your Dog Chase Your Cat
There is no reason a dog and a cat cannot live together in your home. However, a common problem in this scenario is that a dog will chase a cat upon seeing the cat in the home. This scares the cat and creates an unhealthy environment for the cat. You won’t to stop this behavior as soon as possible.
We can provide some tips on how to stop your dog from chasing your cat in order to create harmony in your home between the two animals.
STEP 1. IMMEDIATE ACTION
The fact of the matter is your dog will want to chase your cat the first few times the dog is aware of the cat. And the more the dog chases the cat, the more the dog will want to continue to do it. This means you need to be immediate and vigilant in stopping this behavior before it grows out of control.
STEP 2. SEPARATION
During the first few times the dog interacts and chases the cat, you should separate them and take the dog to a different location in the home, perhaps to the dog’s sleeping space or crate. During this time, you can also provide a treat or two to the dog to see that you want the dog to separate from the cat and will reward the dog when this happens.
STEP 3. POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT
During the training period, offer positive reinforcement in the form of treats each time the dog is made aware of the cat but does not chase the cat or looks away from the cat. This reinforcement will encourage the dog to decide not to chase the cat.
STEP 4: CAT SAFE SPACES
You should also be sure to have safe space for the cat either in higher areas in your home that the dog cannot reach or in gated rooms or areas your dog is not allowed to enter. The cat needs times throughout the day where the cat will know it is 100% safe in your home.
STEP 5: EXERCISE
You should always exercise your dog whether you own a cat or not but if the dog continues to chase your cat it could be a sign of pent up energy or even just boredom. Many breeds of dogs need several hours of running or playing every day and if the dog doesn’t receive that attention from the owner the dog will find other outlets for it, including chasing your cat and other animals that enter the dog’s path.
This training should only require 1-2 months to complete before your dog and cat should be able to be in a room together peacefully. However, even at that point, we never recommend leaving the two animals in a room or area unattended for too long as it is impossible to guarantee good behavior and ensure the safety of both animals.
We hope this blog helps you to train your dog in order to stop your dog from chasing your cat so your home can enjoy all the happiness of owning both a cat and a dog for pets.