Training My Older Dog to Get Along with Cats?

Cats Getting Along

You can search on how to train cats to get along. Here’s a question that I got, “Is it possible to train eight-year-old dog not to hate cats and go after them?” I love this question first of all. Isn’t that natural dogs are supposed to hate cats and vice-versa? Actually there’s lots of dogs and cats that get along just fine and there’s a couple things that I think about when I read this question. The first thing is when you introduce them together you really want to take the time doing a couple things. Giving them their own space, letting them run around in their own space, and then switching the spaces on them so that they get to smell each other before you actually visually and physically introduce them. You can also use anti-anxiety supplements and things like that can calm them down before that introduction is done.

But now for this question, this has already happened and this dog and cat obviously hate each other so the first thing I would say is it’s very important to give the cat a place to get away to. So climbing trees stuff like that to get up and away from the dog would be good. It probably would cut down on some of that animosity you could look at using those anti-anxiety supplements. I think there’s a little more that has to happen with the training of the dog. Dogs are very treat motivated so what we would do is use a behavioral strategy called counter-conditioning and desensitization and what you do is with counter-conditioning and whenever the dog sees the cat it wants to get excited and chase the cat so you’ve got to change that emotion and so what you want to do is when the dog gets exposed to the cat you want to give the dog a treat.

So every time the dog gets a treat its happy, so it’s happy to see the cat rather than excited and wants to kill it. The other thing is, is desensitization. You can separate them for some time and then try to reintroduce them slowly. Give them small amounts of time together so they can get used to it all the while using those anti-anxiety supplements and if this is a recent behavior change, keep in mind that as pets get older there are medical things that can cause them to be stressed and maybe not have as harmonious a life with another pet in the house. So it’s always good to see your veterinarian about that.

Territory is very very important And having to share this with other cats can be difficult for them in the wild groups of cats can live together these usually related females and their offspring The size of the group depends on the amount food as well as other resources such as water, sleeping areas and space available Feliway can help a tension between cats. In a domestic environment with multicat households we need to look at how these resources spread throughout the home A cat needs to be able to access these without having to interact with other cats in the house. What are the resources a cat needs? Food and water the should be placed away from each other as no cat would instinctively drink where they eat or where they would be under threat from another cat Toileting area. We all like have to have some privacy when we go to the loo and cats are no different.

Thinking about where the litter boxes are located. What size they are and which cat litter is used can all impact on whether your cats want to use the litter box in the first place. Keep in mind that cats do not like to eat where they go to the toilet Sleeping and hiding places Cats love to be up higher on surfaces away from each other in a place where they feel safe enabling them to rest without being disturbed. Ensure there are enough comfortable places each cat can get to for example on top the cupboards or shelves Where should all these things be placed in your home? The Feliway website has an interactive house plan that you can play with. This also offers advice on the best place to put your cats resources.

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