or Connect
TheCatSite.com › Forums › Our Feline Companions › Cat Behavior › Dog & Cats
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Dog & Cats

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

we picked up a dog from the shelter today. My 2 cats are not impressed especially as he was barking at them.

How can we make it work ?
post #2 of 6
Cats are generally not impressed with dogs if they've never lived with them before. Can you tell us more about the dog - age, breed, size, background if the shelter could give you some? You might use different technigues based on this information.
post #3 of 6
yay a new dog ! umm...........intros can be tricky, but with time, training and patience I´m sure they´ll do just great

As your dog is new to you, your home and your cats, then I really believe your dogs needs some training - sorry if you are already doing this ! Many books & the internet have some great starter tips.

Keep us posted..........oooo.if you get time some photos would be great too
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

He is a collie mix, sweet as pie and seems quite well trained. he came to the shelter as a stray, so no history.

He is 3 years old, and smaller than a border collie, and quite skinny. could be a whippet/collie mix or possibly german shepheard.
post #5 of 6
He needs to be properly introduced to your cats, and this will take time, and a lot of training, and consistency.

1. First, create some training treats that are highly reinforcing to the new dog. Little bits of chopped cold cut meats, and cheese work well.
2. Before he is allowed around the cats, he needs to be taught some commands, FIRST. Here is where the training treats come in handy.
-Work on "sit", "stay", and "come", "quiet" first. Use the command only once, and expect compliance before offering a treat. Lots of web sites will help you with specific techniques.
-If he barks at the cats, use the "quiet" command he has mastered, and then offer a treat upon immediate compliance.
-If he likes to chase your cats, you may have to work on bringing him into the area of your home where your cats are at on a leash, tether him to a door, and work on the "sit" or "stay" command, offering a treat for immediate compliance.
-After a he seems to master these commands, you are ready for some supervised visits without the leash with your cats. If he chases, barks, or does something else unacceptable with the kitties, he needs to be removed, or tethered again, once again working on his commands with reinforcement.
*Be patient! He's a 3 year-old dog, and while still trainable, will need a lot of time to get over his curiosity of the cats, and a long adjustment period.
*Do not yell or scold your dog for being "rude" to the cats...all you will accomplish is a dog that's afraid of you. Positive reinforcement and assertiveness works much better than anger and fear tactics.
*While tethered, allow the kitties to sniff him, hiss at him, etc...but no scratching or batting allowed!

Good luck...it's a long process, but one that is necessary. Again, do some searching on dog training sites for some tips and tricks.
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the tips. We will work on them. Trouble is, it it difficult to seperate them. Cats upstairs means they cant get outside (they are indoor outdoor cats) without walking past him, which they refuse to do. Dog upstairs means he would be alone,away from us.

We currently keep him on a leash, while the cats are carried through and he seems calmer now. The cats are still freaked. We also got a muzzle for him, just in case but not sure how to work with it yet.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cat Behavior
TheCatSite.com › Forums › Our Feline Companions › Cat Behavior › Dog & Cats