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Ask the Trainer: Cats & Dogs
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Use similar tactics when visiting friends who have cats. Your dog
should be well exercised. Keep her on leash and reward her for behaving
politely around the cats. When everybody's gotten comfortable, you can
try dropping the leash and letting your dog just drag it for a while in
case you need to make an emergency grab.
If the cats you're visiting aren't used to dogs, even a calm and
friendly canine visitor may frighten them very much. Consider leaving
your dog at home instead.
Finally, it sounds as if your dog settles quickly into polite
behavior around cats. A dog who's intensely predatory toward cats —
shrieking and whining and straining to get at them, for example — will
need careful help from a behavior specialist who can observe the actual
canine-feline interaction and make suggestions based upon the specific
case. Some dogs simply can't live safely with cats, while others should
never be left with them unsupervised.
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