“They fight like cats and dogs.” This expression reflects the normally held belief that cats and dogs just can’t get beside because they’re natural sworn enemies.
Dogs who are raised together in the same household with cats during their primary socialization period, from about 2 to 9 weeks of age, are more likely to be relaxed around cats in their adult life. The reality is that some dogs will never be able to coexist happily with cats. It’s possible to teach some dogs to tolerate, or even become friends with cats. But not all dogs hate cats, the smaller dogs can be rather frightened of most cats. Dogs and cats have a weird relationship, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be fast buddies.
How Do I Stop a Dog From Attacking a Cat?
Pet owners, dog trainer can help to enhance the relationship through classical conditioning. Feed the cat in front of the dog, put the dog in a wire crate with a delicious bone. This will help them associate each other with the good feelings that accompany eating. Clicker training is another effective way to help the cat and dog learn to be friend and, eventually, love each other.
First impressions are crucial to helping a dog and a cat live together in harmony. So, teaching your dog to obey the command “leave it”. It is one of the most useful ways. It will enable you to stop your dog from engaging in dangerous, destructive and unwanted behavior.
If your dog is showing signs of aggression toward your cat, behavior modification is in order to prevent a possible tragedy. Separate them in different areas and set up a perfect environment that make each one of them comfortable and make sure that each of them have water and food.
Give each of the animal’s treats during their first meetings only if both show no signs of aggression and don’t reward bad behavior. After meetings go fine, let your dog to be close to the cat and use verbal commands to keep your dog concentrated on you and not the cat, because dogs see themselves as pack leaders, while cats are more about territory control.
Exercise your pup basic obedience commands that you can use to keep him away from the cat. Keep him occupied during the day and engage his mind as well. An exhausted dog, both physically and mentally, is less likely to attack or chase your cat. Consulting a professional dog trainer also can help evaluate your dog’s behavior, which can help you to provide a good way for him to learn manners.
Understanding cat body language enables you to understand their feelings and motivations. It also helps you to evaluate the situations that got him upset. Knowing the basic postures and what they mean can help you deal with problems.
How To Know If A Dog Is Being Aggressive?
Aggression is driven by physiological and environmental factors. Dog aggression is a familiar dog behavior demonstrated by all breeds of dogs under the veracious conditions. Although some breeds may have a higher rate of aggression than others. A dog that is attacked as a puppy may develop fear-based dog aggression to all dogs. Yet, other dogs may perhaps develop dog-aggressive behavior as a result of medical reasons, such as hormonal imbalances.
The signs of aggressive dog include snapping, growling , staring, standing tall, carrying tail high ,holding ears erect, moving it stiffly from side to side. Young dogs that engage in excessive amounts of certain behaviors that serve the evolutionary function of preparing the young dog for later combat and hunting, such as chasing, pawing, tackling, nipping and wrestling, are much more likely to develop dog aggression as they age. However, beware, often a dominant aggressive dog will give no sign before biting.