Most people prefer to domesticate either dogs or cats as pets. Being a pet lover you might want to bring home a cat to join your dog. However, your worries are on how to get your dog to love cats. You have probably seen your dog bully the neighbor’s cat and you don’t want the same to happen to your cat.
Getting your dog to love cats is not going to be easy. However, there is a possibility he can get to learn tolerance. With the right tactics, you will be in a better place, to find a way forward with your dog.
For your dog to get to a place of tolerance with cats you will have to be ready to persevere and be patient enough.
Before you commence on the training, you first have to have some equipment with you. You will require kennels, leashes, and treats. Once you have them ready, you can now get right into the training. Here is a guide to help you conduct a successful training.
Allow the dog time to adjust to the presence of a cat within the home
Well for your dog to adjust to the presence of a cat within the home, the cat has to be in confinement. Keep the cat in a pet carrier, otherwise, a one on one introduction might cause aggression. Cats are territorial by nature but being new in the home, they will not go right into being territorial.
Therefore your dog still remains the king of the home. With a new animal in the home, he might feel his authority is being put under threat. Therefore keep the cat under lock for a fortnight. Sounds like forever but within a fortnight the dog will have come into terms with the presence of the cat in the home.
Let the dog and cat sniff on each other’s bedding and toy
As funny as you might find the sniffing of bedding funny. Experts have found out the sniffing of each other’s personal effects gets to give animals mental preparation for a pending visit.
When the sniffing part is done, the animals’ curiosity about each other gets satisfaction. If any of the animals had some rage building up. Such acts can diminish the rage. Hence when they eventually meet, battles will be minimal.
Let your dog visit the cat
After the adjusting period is over. You can now let your dog visit the cat. Keep your dog under a leash and the cat in the carrier. Remember you should be ready for a possible confrontation. Therefore the leash can help you separate the dog from the cat with ease.
Don’t conduct a boring visit. Carry along treats. The treat can be from snacks to toys. To create boundaries don’t let the cat who is the newer pet have your dog’s treats.
The same might lead to a possible conflict. The intent is to ensure you avoid a possible confrontation as much as possible.
Don’t force the animals on each other
Your patience with having your dog like your new cat might be running out. For three weeks in a row, since your cat got home, your dog has still not shown tolerance. The confusion you are going through is understandable.
However, you should never force animals on each other. If you force your dog on the cat. You are creating room for conflict. If your animals were already on the right track towards familiarizing with each other.
There is a probability your progress will be in futile and you might have to start again. Also, most dogs love to take their time when coming into terms with situations. If you force him on the cat, you will be giving him a hard time to tolerate and eventually get to like your cat.
Spend time bonding with your dog and cat
The more time you spend with your two pets, the higher the likelihood for both of them like each other. Find common games which dogs get to enjoy with cats without either feeling inferior. Always have with you treats for both animals.
Encourage your dog to play with the cat. As they get to play, you might note their level of tolerance grows. If your dog kicks a ball towards the cat, give him a treat. Give treats to the cat too. Even for the cat, tolerating another animal can be hard.
Therefore both animals deserve to get some form of gifts for doing a good job. The more often you make the plays, the better for your dog. With time without even realizing, you will start noticing your dog getting closer to the cat.
He might from time to time join in on plays with the cat and even sit in front of the television together.
Train your dog to stay in control of his impulses
If your dog is always on high alert when let’s say a cookie or toy drops. He might be very hard to introduce to a cat leave alone get him to like cats. Your dog has to learn how to control his impulses and not react to almost every situation.
With a cat in the home, he is going to have to share space with another animal. Getting in touch with an animal behaviorist can help you with training your dog on impulse control. Working hand in hand with the trainer will also equip you with some useful tactics which you can use later on.
When engaging with an animal behaviorist you might have to incur some expenses but you get knowledge worth your money.
Remember pets in a home are a long term engagement. Therefore you should do all you can by involving relevant parties to help their behavior make your home habitable.
Generally getting two animals of a different kind to like each other is not easy. Therefore always prepare for either an easy or hard time. If you are lucky enough, the training might take a short time all you might have to wait longer. Most importantly, stay patient your dog will come around.