Some tips Introducing a dog to cat

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Some tips Introducing a dog to cat

Post by xxlynne » Mon May 18, 2015 9:19 am

Ideally the cat owner has already had one or 2 dogs to visit before hand to sense their cat's reactions and to see if they think they can managed what could be a 2-5 weeks desensitisation period.

Owner aware and alert ready to use voice very strongly
Keep moving don't allow the dog to focus / fixate attention of cat visually 'see and move on' see and move one' you want the dog to see the cat and think 'so what'
Dog on a short lead and muzzle if the dog has got used to the muzzle 'muzzle tolerant'
Escape routes for cat
Wire crate rather than covered carrier. Latter can create a barrier; put the cat on edge; add mystic; sinister muffled sounds. The cat can't use their body language only to attack the crate. Dog can't see it properly only smell and hear which are his 2 most vital senses but loss of vision can add concern.
Practice - Muzzle, short lead controlled and especially voice to call back; call back; call back so the cat feels you're in control and they are safe and dog does also.
Calm settled atmosphere
Smell - Allow dog to smell cat's area; bed/ resting place..accepting it into the pack environment
Shock treatment -Voice best shock to use but some use a water squirter nearby just in case either goes for grab. Ensure water changed daily so fresh and squirt directly in the offending animals eyes

Ideal is, all in lounge cat enters, dog on short lead and no tension given but you begin to talk to the dog to distract their attention from the cat and call away on sighting. OR dog in garden cat comes into garden. Activity attracted away from cats area so cat can feel safe and sit and watch in a safe sees cat is called away treat given

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