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My answer is always "this is a simple thing to do as long as you are willing to educate yourself on canine pack behavior and make a few changes in the way you live with your cats." I remind people that cats can instigate problems with dogs. The average dog owner is completely unaware of how strong the genetic pack drive is in the domestic dog. With that said, over the years I have had a couple of dogs that I would never trust to be around my cats when I was not there. The decision to correct or not correct the dog or how hard to correct the dog depends on if you are training the dog or just testing the dog. For those people who do not want to spend the money on a wire muzzle the plastic Jafco muzzles are inexpensive and work just fine. Getting the dog used to the muzzle during these first weeks gives the dog something else to think about other than the cats in the house.
When the day comes to allow the dog to be loose in the rooms with the cats it is important to do this while the dog is on leash. Should the adult dog shows the slightest sign of aggression towards the cats it needs to get a correction. The correction needs to be strong enough that the dog will remember it the next time it thinks about being aggressive to the cats. If a dog repeated ignores your warnings you have not done a good enough job of establishing yourself as this dogs leader. He will instinctively accept you as pack leader and your position that cats are not prey items to chase and kill.
This should only happen when you are comfortable with your dog's actions when the dog is on leash and the cats are around.


I did a training dvd titled Remote Collar Training for the Pet Owner In my opinion everyone who owns a dog should learn how to train a dog with "LOW LEVEL" stimulation. The fact at this stage of training if a dog still chases the cat I teach the dog that the cat is like touching a hot stove. This is a photo of our friend Deanna's bitch in her whelping box justbefore whelping a litter of pups. Under these circumstances it's important to realize that a cat with claws can take a pups eye out in an instant. Had I made the mistake and allowed these dogs to be unsupervised when with our cats there is little doubt the dogs could have killed a cat. Dog owners make huge mistakes if they just bringing a pup or a dog into the home and try and let the animals sort things out. If you can't call your dog to you when it is highly distracted by your cat - then the dog is not under your control and it should either be on leash, in a dog crate or wearing a remote collar.
I wrote a free ebook titled "The Theory of Corrections in Dog Training" You may want to review that material. It's never taken out of the crate (on leash) when the cat is in the room until it has gone ONE WEEK without barking at the cats.
They can have free (on leash) time in the house but in the beginning the cats are always put in a different room when the dog is out. They should be establishing pack structure with the new dog at the same time they are teaching the dog that their cats are now part of the dogs family pack. If you have been doing your training correctly your dog will be looking at you as it's pack leader.


Should this be the case you need to go back to the pack structure training and work on that. In my opinion using a remote collar is the safest quickest way to teach a dog that chasing cats is not a fun thing to do.
So if your cat has claws you need to be more concerned for your 8-week-old pup than for your cat. It does not take many corrections to teach the dog that "NO" means "NO." It's very important to show the pup a lot of love after these experiences.
This shows them that coming into the house is a controlled experience and not someplace where the dog can charge around and act crazy. If they will not stop barking we either cover the crate with a sheet, spray lemon water in the dogs face or make them wear a No-Bark collar. It provides off-leash control of the dog that reinforces recalls and gives the owner the possibility of controlling off-leash unwanted behavior (like chasing cats). If I have a pup with a lot of prey drive I will get a puppy prong collar and let him drag a line in the house. 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.



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