Please click here if you are not redirected within a few seconds. What does this song mean to you? But you may fade, my dog will always come through. I love my dog, Baby, I love my dog. Song Discussions is protected by U. Making peace between dogs and cats Is coexistence possible?
Q: I want to adopt a retired racing Greyhound but I’ve heard they chase cats. I don’t want anything to happen to my cat! Can I teach them to get along together? A: Yes, most dogs can be taught to tolerate cats if their owners are willing to be patient and consistent. Some dogs take longer to train than others and the difference is usually due to the dog’s level of “prey drive”. Although dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years, they still act upon the instincts nature gave them. Through generations of selective breeding, people have modified these instincts. By decreasing the effects of some and enhancing the effects of others, we’ve been able to develop a wide variety of different breeds of dogs, each meant to serve a different purpose or perform a certain function. Breeds and individual dogs vary in the intensity of their prey drives.
In other breeds, the prey drive has been altered to suit an entirely different purpose. In the Border Collie, a herding breed, the instinct to chase and catch animals has been modified to chase and gather them together. Prey drive can also be modified by training. There are several effective ways to train a dog with a high prey drive to live peacefully with cats or other small pets. I prefer to teach these dogs that cats are off limits altogether and are not to be disturbed. Using a friend or family member to help you, set up several short daily training sessions. Have your friend hold the cat on the other side of the room. Have your friend bring the cat a few steps closer.
If your dog continues to stay quietly at your side, wonderful! As soon as he is sitting calmly again, praise him sincerely. When your dog is able to sit calmly even when the cat is right next to him, you’re ready to proceed to the next step. Leave his lead on so you can easily catch him and give the necessary correction if he gives any sign of wanting to chase the cat. Your supervision at this point is critical – to be effective, you must be able to correct the dog each and every time he even thinks about going after the cat. Some dogs learn quickly, others may take weeks to become trustworthy around cats. Until you’re sure the dog will remember his training, don’t leave them together unsupervised!
Sometimes the dog was crated with the cat free in the room, at other times, the cat was crated while the dog was free. The dog was allowed to investigate the cat but not to harass or bark at it. Another owner uses a technique that’s often practiced to help dogs adjust to a new baby in the household. Q: I’ve been following your advice and it was working pretty well until the other day. Something startled the cat and she took off running. He wouldn’t stop when I told him to. What did I do wrong with my training? You just need to do a little more work. Things that quickly move past or away from him like balls, children playing, joggers, bicyclists, speeding cars and running cats, get an immediate reaction from your dog because nature programmed him to chase moving creatures.