Frequent question: Why is my dog chasing my cat?

When a dog chases a cat, it is usually because they are following their instincts – particularly if your dog is a breed originally used for chasing or herding. Other times, when a dog chases cats, they might just want to play, and they will chase a cat a little like they will chase a ball that has been thrown for them.

Should I let my dog chase cats?

Chasing is a natural instinct for a dog, but it is not appropriate behavior in your home when directed toward your cat. The following guidelines can help you deal with this behavior through management (preventing the problem) and training (motivating the dog to change his behavior).

What dog hates cats the most?

These are not them.

  1. Australian Cattle Dog. This adorable herding breed makes a loyal and devoted pet, but your cat may have a different opinion. …
  2. Beagle. …
  3. Greyhound. …
  4. Jack Russell Terrier. …
  5. Miniature Schnauzer. …
  6. Siberian Husky. …
  7. Weimaraner.

How long does it take for a cat to get used to a dog?

While some cats and dogs take to each other right way, it will usually take a few weeks to a few months for a cat to get used to a dog. Of course, the personalities of both pets have a large impact on how long it will take. Remember, you’re not necessarily looking for the pets to become BFFs.

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How do I get my puppy to leave my cat alone?

You can start by securing your puppy with a leash so that he can’t get at your cat, and have a friend bring your cat into the room. The goal is to reward your pup for exhibiting good, calm behaviors such as sitting still, lying down and showing disinterest in the cat.

How do I stop my dog from prey drive?

How can I tame my dog’s prey drive?

  1. 1) Become aware of your dog’s prey drive. …
  2. 2) Redirect your dog’s attention away from the prey. …
  3. 3) Use positive reinforcement. …
  4. 4) Be sure not to encourage the prey drive. …
  5. 5) Train your dog’s recall. …
  6. 6) Encourage off-leash walking and other healthy activities.

What does it mean when a dog stares at a cat?

If your dog has a strong prey drive (the inclination to seek out, chase and potentially capture animals seen as prey — usually smaller animals such as cats or rabbits), she might become very focused on the cat. She’ll stiffen, stare, and may start barking or whining.

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