Hello, I really need some help on this one.We live in a duplex and I have 3 cats. One is 10 yrs old and none of them have ever lived with a dog before.The woman on the other side of the duplex brought home a dog that is a lab crossed with what I strongly suspect to be pit bull, based on appearance. She is insisting that she can train that dog to listen to her so he doesnt chase my cats. I have seen the dog once throwing itself against the window to get at my cat. So Im telling her to move out or find a home for the dog immediately. Am I wrong? If the dog has a really strong instinct to chase cats, can that be trained out of him? He is very good with people and does listen well, except when he sees a cat ! I dont want to wait for something awful to happen, but maybe if she took him to a proffessional trainer (she says she will ) is that likely to cure the dog of this behaviour? Thanks for your help. Hes been here only a few days so far and I am worried.
are your cats indoor or outdoor cats? i would keep your cats inside where it is safe until she takes the dog to a trainer. there are some dogs that cannot co-exist with cats but the idea of her taking the dog to a trainer is a good one and she should be allowed the chance to work with him and find out .
some dogs are very prey driven and will certainly harm a cat. my question is also, will she let the dog out off leash? in that case, I would say your cats may not be safe. do you share the backyard? is there a fence between your yards? and could the dog jump the fence after your cats? in that case, too, your cats may not be safe. basic training may not be enough to control the dog around cats, she may need to go on to off leash training for the dog.
Hi thanks for the advice. My cats are used to going out. There is a yard here which is big enough for all, but it would now have to be divided to accomodate the dog. She says she wont even let the dog into the yard and we can keep the animals isolated from each other. I have my doubts about the whole thing. I know she works with the dog but I think she wont be able to control him if he gets the oportunity to run outside, or if she thinks everythings fine and gets relaxed and careless, . How would we ever know when the dog is ready to see a cat and not chase it? I am also concerned because he looks very much like a pitbull more than he does a lab. She doesnt know enough about the dog's background. And also 3 days a week and sometimes more often, he will have stay in the house all alone. Is that right? Id like to see him in a home with no cats and people that can spend a lot of time with him. thanks so much
Let me get this right, you are upset because someone has a dog that doesn't like your cats, and your cats can run around wherever they like, this woman is doing everything she can to keep the dog away from your cats, but it's not enough? Your neighbor has just as much right to keep her dog as you do to keep your cats. The responsible thing to do is to come to some sort of agreement with her regarding yard time, and keep your cats inside. Why is it fair to her that she can't let her dog outside, but you can let your cats outside? Cats are a menace on the small animal population, in the same way that a loose dog can be a menace. Many dogs dont like cats, regardless of breed, especially if they're not brought up with them. In fact, I'd say that the vast majority of dogs that aren't brought up with cats hate them. And some that are brought up wtih cats hate them too. There's not much of training that can be done to change it, honestly. You're being a little unfair, in having a higher expectation of your neighbor regarding responsible pet ownership, than you are exhibiting yourself. Keep your cats inside, and the dog won't go nuts, and you won't have to worry bout it anymore. After all, it's not like your cats stay exclusively in your yard when they are out.
Hi Minniyar Im mostly concerned because the dog appears to look like a pitbull, Im sure it is part pitbull, and I know that they are not all bad, but I have seen them in action a few times. I never want this to happen to my cats. I had said when she mentioned she wanted a dog that only if its a puppy or she knows it is cat friendly,, and instead she brings back this dog who she knew nothing about. I like the dog, he is very good with people, and because she says she'll be careful doesnt really mean that she will. As I write this the dog is once again alone in the house barking. I d much rather see him in a better situation. My main reason for writing to this forum is to find out about training and maybe someone has experience with dogs with cat chasing ways being able to stop that, I d just like to know if it is possible. He is about a year old and came from a household with small children, Hes part lab and probably part pitbull , thats all I know. thanks
As far as I know, there's just no way to stop a dog from chasing cats. I used to have an Akita, and I still have many friends who have Akitas. Even the dogs that have bene brought up with cats can still chase them or hurt them, it is just the way the dogs are. Extremely high prey drive.
If you are really so concerned about your cats, then keep them indoors. It sounds like your neighbor is trying to make peace with you, so what will you do to help the situation? I hear only that you want things to be like they used to - no dog, but that's not happening anymore. In any case, as a responsible pet owner, shouldn't you keep your cats safely indoors anyway so that other things, such as vehicles, don't injure them?? Besides, maybe your neighbor was tired of all the cat urine in the flower bed on HER side of the building. The dog will certainly fix that problem.
Thanks for your input, but she is renting from us its our place and we told her if she got a dog to make sure it is cat friendly since we have 3 of them. Its really thier space and i dont want to confine them because she brought home a dog that puts them in jeopardey, guess i should have explained more about the situation in detail.
if you can put a fence up to split the yard and contain the dog, that would be the best. your cats probably wouldn't go in there if the dog was out. i don't think it's bad to leave a dog alone while working. many owners have to. if it's 12 hours per day every day that's not good. if it's only 3 days per week, then that's not bad.