Chasing Cats

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Why do dogs chase cats?

Chasing Cats

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.'



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