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Training cats and dogs to get along
Cats and dogs are not usually known for their uncanny ability to get along. Certain dog breeds are inclined to chase these smaller animals, while others simply get excited and curious about this strange creature. While some cats are intimidated by these energetic, large canines, others are simply annoyed and can be aggressive either way.
If the feline and canine members of your family are not getting along, there are some ways to keep the peace. If your dog is particularly aggressive and you feel it could actually cause your cat bodily harm, it is important to allow each pet to have its own space. Even if your dog will not inflict any real damage, the stress of being chased all the time can lower the feline's quality of life. For this reason, it may be a good idea to set up a room or space in your home specifically for your cat. Block off a room with a One-Touch Pet Gate and plug in a calming aid like Comfort Zone for Cats to provide a soothing respite for the cat that your pooch can not enter.
It is also important to train your dog not to pay attention to the cat, or at least not to chase it. The goal is to desensitize your dog to your cat's presence. VetStreet.com reports that you can do this by having the pooch on a Flexi Retractable Leash or in a head halter to limit its access to the cat. You could also secure the cat in a carrier or behind a pet gate. Ask your dog to do a known command such as sit, and reward it with treats like Gourmet Biscuits or Greenies when it stays. You can also reward your cat for withstanding the training with Feline Greenies Dental Treats.
Once the dog seems like it can relax and show self-control around the cat, you can slowly phase out the leashes or head harnesses, the news outlet reports. Let the leash drag on the floor so you can quickly regain control if necessary, but eventually this type of training may help the dog become desensitized to the "novelty" of the cat being around. Your dog may also be better able to relax around the cat with its own calming aid like Comfort Zone for Dogs plugged in in the room.