How do I train my dog to leave my cat alone?

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My family just got a bichon on Saturday from a rescue center. She is adorable and she’s pretty well behaved except for she likes to chase our cat. Our cat is terrified of the dog, she can’t eat or use her litter box without the dog chasing after her. She’ll growl at it but that doesn’t stop the dog she’ll just keep poking her with her nose and she won’t leave her alone. Our cat has spent the past five days hiding under beds and behind couches shaking. How do I train the dog to not chase after the cat?

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    7 Responses to “How do I train my dog to leave my cat alone?”

    1. johnctome says:

      I am sure soon enough the kitten and dog will be a pack and will learn to live with and love each other.I always recommend you watch any larger animal with a smaller one at least until they learn to fend for themselves.I know cats will give a dog what for if they try anything not nice,but let them just be together and they will find their own space. With a little bit of luck you will be able to get your dog and cat to live together in peace. It’s very important to remember to go slowly. No matter how quickly or badly you want it to happen, you have to allow these things to process at their own speed, which can be a snail’s pace over months. The best advice I can give is to error on the side of caution and don’t take chances with your pets lives. Visit on http://www.agritura.com for various dog and other pet products.

    2. my poor hamster died!:( says:

      you cant.just scold the dog when she does it and put her outside for a little while.that should help.and mabey put the cat in an air conditioned room with the door closed for an hour three times a day to have peace and quiet,and to eat play and use the litter box

      ps. dont listen to unrated the dog will think she is being praised for chasing cat

    3. LM says:

      dogs eat cat poop?
      gross

    4. unrated says:

      it really does take time.
      I think that you need to keep a shake can round so when the dogs starts chasing,the cat,immediatly you distract her so she will stop, and then immediatly praise her for stoppping.
      Dog learn with positive reinforcement,by praise,so that is necessary that you let ler know when she is acting well.

      What i did when i got my Husky, was tie him up in the kitchen (or keep in on a leash), and my cat would go in and out of the room but my dog would not be able to chase him.

      I was lucky tho,my cats never ran,giving the dog a reason to chase,so i didnt have really any problem.

    5. Hannah S says:

      Try to show that you love them both have them in a room together and put them both(best to do when dog is sleepy) in you lap and strock them together for a wile every day and ma by take lessons and also contact locle 4-hers I am one and I am sure they cold help. If you do not know what 4-H is cantact me my email is hgraces@yahoo.com

    6. sophylakes@verizon.net says:

      the cat and dog WILL work it out,, they always do..

      perhaps you can move the litterbox to a place where the dog cannot get to it.. for 2 reasons: so the cat can go in peace and so the dog will NOT eat cat poop,,,, cuz he will if he can get to it

    7. Neil F says:

      (I answered this question last week and it was number 1 answer. Parts of it may not apply to situation but here it is)

      This problem is definetly correctable. Many dogs exhibit prey drive which leads them to chase small animals.

      Curbing prey drive (like anything else with dogs) requires
      consistancy and timing. We must correct her at the very moment she thinks CHASE and we must correct ‘EVERY’ single time.

      Imagine how your dog acts in a typical chase senerio. She is probably calm and relaxed until all of a sudden a quick movement by the cat or perhaps even the cats arrival will trigger the chase reflex in your dog. This is the very moment you need to spring to action. At this moment she will be the most reseptive to your correction. If your timing is good she will figure out quickly that even thinking about chasing the cat is not in her best interest.

      Step 1) Work on the leash. The leash is your best friend. It is much easier to correct her when she is attached to you. Put her in a sit/stay and have a friend bring the cat into the room. Start at a distance and bring the cat slowly closer. At the exact moment she breaks stay to chase or shows behavior indicating the chase (like fixation/staring) just give a firm tug or snap on the leash and say firmly "Leave It!". Dont rush things. Move the cat closer to her slowly (maybe only a few feet per day). Work with her for only 15-20 minutes a day when she is not overly hyper or distacted for best results.

      FINALLY…. She will not be on the leash all the time when her prey drive kicks in. Remember Your goal is to correct every single chase attempt. When I introduced my German Shepherd to my cat I left ‘weapons’ around the house. Try taping up rolled up newspapers or empty and crinkcled some water bottles to place randomly around the house. At the very moment you notice the CHASE or fixation lob the nearest one at your dogs rear end. Your goal is NOT to hurt the dog. You just want to suprise her at the exact moment she is thinking chase. More often then not she wont even suspect you where the one who through the paper and she will come to you for comfort. This is great because she will respect the cat even when your not around because she thinks chasing the cat made the paper scare her.

      If there is no weapon around move use your firm voice and move quickly towards her to suprise her. Don’t chase her because thats a game and she is much faster then you. Just let her know you mean business.

      Good Luck and remember; Timing and Consistancy!

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