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Dogs are instinctually predatory animals and although they are domesticated, they still retain many of the traits of their long ago ancestor (the wolf).
In general, a dog will have the tendency to chase anything that moves or runs from him. Cats will often perceive dogs as a predator and bolt. If you have a dog & cat home, this can be a potential for disaster. Leash your dog and introduce him to your cat, but have a spritz bottle filled with water in preparation for the dog's body language. If you observe more than an idle curiousity, the command "DROP IT" followed instantly with a squirt of water to the rear or in the face of the dog will quickly teach them the association of 'prey-aggression-squirt.'