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For Skippy the Springer who demands caviar instead of his kibble and will bark through an entire meal until he gets it, treat him like he’s not even there.
Remember that Skippy has a history of getting what he wants if he just barks a little longer so it may take a while before you get your first period of silence. 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. I would have bet a lot of money that a couple of my past police dogs would never have accepted a cat. 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.

Puppies under 12 weeks of age are more likely to accept smaller animals as part of their family, making them less likely to chase cats. Lawson specializes in pet and food-related articles, utilizing her 15 years as a sous chef and as a dog breeder, handler and trainer to produce pieces for online and print publications.
Extensive observations reveal it’s primarily those cats and dogs that are owned by humans that carry on with their loud seemingly pointless conversations. Cats and dogs quickly learn that we humans are blind to their visual signals no matter how pronounced, but it’s hard for us to ignore a constant meow or ear-shattering bark. The study showed that cats can produce pitch-modulated meows and the more modulated the meow the more urgent it sounds to human listeners. The keys to dog training are that you want to be a leader for your dog the way you would lead like a partner in a dance. 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.
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. 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.
So cats and dogs may have developed the herculean ability to bark and meow for hours on end because it’s a great way to get our attention.

Some science based trainers have suggested clicking and treating when your dog barks, and then putting that on cue.
Our understanding and knowledge, and thus our training and teaching techniques, are always evolving. The solution to a successful dog-cat situation with these dogs was to control the environment these animals were around one another and to insure that the dog was ALWAYS under my control, either with a dog crate, a dog leash or a remote collar. 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). Our office cat (Sting) knows exactly where the end of the dogs leash is when it's tethered to a desk.
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. Alan Beck, showed that dogs that were owned but allowed to roam barked boisterously on many different occasions. The idea is that they will bark less if they aren't getting paid to bark - similar to how a person tends to not do for free what they get paid well for. The problem is when we went visiting twice a good ride away, she barks the whole time we are there during the day, doesn't eat. Dogs that grew up in the absence of human and that were not tame remained relatively quiet. Our insight into the animal’s point of view and awareness of how all our interactions affect them allows us and our pets to have fun and enjoy life together every day.
If he can get a dogs attention he will jump straight up in the air and run away because he knows it drives the dogs nuts.
Just as with dogs, you can train cats to sit quietly first for treats or canned food, and then for petting.

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