Dog Training: Train Your Dog to Stop Chasing Cats
Sometimes I stop and wonder what is it that dogs probably think about when confronted with the sights of the great outdoors. What really does a dog think when he sees a friendly but playful cat sitting in a window of a home, and the cat is teasing him from her safe place of hiding? I think we all may have a fairly good idea what the cat is thinking at that moment of time, but what does the dog want out of that intermit encounter?
It really doesn’t matter when all is said and done what the dog or the cat may or may not think. That dog will certainly chase that cat just as certainly as the cat will find a convenient way to escape the terrifying encounter. But, if you are a cat owner, or if you have cats in your neighborhood, then this kind of behavior can be annoying and even potentially dangerous for both all cats and all dogs.
Dog Training: Why Do Dogs Chase Cats?
Dogs can chase cats for lots of different reasons especially considering the dogs ancestry can go way back to the hunting canines of their medieval ancestors, or possibly the chase could be an in bred gene from an ancestral breeding program many decades previous. Sometimes it can be an aggressive and dangerous kind of chase that could easily conclude with the cat fighting for its mere existence and this can become extremely damaging to both cat and dog. We must realize that there are unscrupulous amateur dog breeders who can show their displeasure with cats and train their dog to chase down cats and then damage their prey, or hopefully for the cat and dog it is only that the dog is consider friendly and they see a small, furry, active body trespassing on their territory. In that case they want to chase the feline away. Almost every time the cat will run off, and that means the dog will go on chasing it.
Dog Training: Other dogs may see cats as prey and this could be the dangerous and damaging part of the cat chase, but it’s usually a case of the dog defending its territory or protection of its perceived dog food source. There are cases where the dog is trying to play or become friends with the cat, but it doesn’t go well. In some cases it may be the cat that is being territorial and the dog may take this as a challenge to his status and serious injuries can occur, and comes with potential financial costs for both cat and dog.
These situations can all result in the dog having an extreme urge to hunt down the cat chase until the ultimate conclusion. The cat can be injured and both animals can be put in dangerous harm. There can also be a lot of noise which can be frightening for both human onlookers and wildlife.
Dog Training: Stop the Chase
When a dog is allowed outdoors and is allowed to wander without any physical control by the dog owner and the result is the dog is now chasing a cat on one of your regular dog walks outdoors, without physical control you probably won’t ever be able to fully control what’s happening. When your uncontrolled dog chases a cat it’s much like when your uncontrolled dog chases a squirrel: you have to accept it’s just going to happen sometimes or more possible with physical control of your dog outdoors it could happen on a regular basis. However, as long as you have a dog collar and dog leash tethered to your dog he won’t be going anywhere away from your vicinity, outsite the reach of your dog leash or chasing any animal or wildlife.
Dog Training: When your dog is in the house, however, it’s a different story, and you can make some changes so your dog doesn’t chase the cat. You can start by introducing the dog and the cat in a room together. Your dog should stay on a leash so your cat can escape if necessary. You should make your dog sit and wait while you introduce the two pets and let them meet each other.
Dog Training: If your dog tries to chase your cat you need to control the situation. Use a firm correction such as “No” while you have the dog leash in your hand. Sometimes a disagreeable cat can make the introduction much more difficult, but if your dog learns that chasing the cat makes his life unpleasant, it will reduce this kind of impulsive chasing.
Dog Training: You have probably figured out that dogs have a strong instinct to chase not just cats but anything that can run away, so you can’t expect your dog to change his lifetime habits after just one lesson. You will need to correct the chasing behavior more than just once and remember the important of being friendly, firm and consistent and always reward your dog’s good behavior. Sometimes it takes many friendly but firm corrections before your dog learns he shouldn’t chase after the cat, it is important you remain consistent with this kind of dog training as allowing him to get away with it when you are either in a good mood, or when feeling sorry for him only causes confusion for your dog.
Dog Training: You can also teach your dog another good dog training lesson with the “leave it” command. Most dogs can learn this important lesson quickly and you can apply this command to lots of unrelated instances throughout the dog training program. If you teach your dog that he can’t have something when you give this command, your dog can learn to respond the same way when he’s chasing a cat and give up the chase.
Dog Training: Giving Up Chasing Long Term
There are some dogs that seem to be immune to the chasing cat lessons and still insist on attempting to chase cats while on the dog leash, but you must be consistent with the lessons and consistent with your determination that chasing cats is not acceptable, and to please you and receive dog treats he must stop chasing cats. You can say that any dog can learn to do something or to learn not to do something, but when it comes to chasing cats or other small animals there are some dogs that are just bred to do this and no amount of training will stop them.
Considering the fact that chasing a cat by your dog can be an inborn instinct with the fact that a cat may enjoy taunting your dog or playing around even teasing him, and you can have a situation that leads to your dog consistently chasing a cat. Objects in the home may get knocked over. There will be very loud noises and this could be annoying to the immediate neighbors. If the annoying adverse interaction between the cat and dog is too much of a problem then you should dog crate train your dog when you can’t supervise him indoors or make your cat an outdoor cat.
Dog Training: There are always answers for these cats versus dog chasing problems, no matter how aggravating they can be and they can become extremely aggravating. With effective dog training the answer is always firmness, consistency and a lot of patience.
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