Features March 2016 Issue

Cats and Dogs in One House

This sort of trusting relationship doesnít happen overnight; itís built in stages. Good management (with the catís safety in mind), training, and counter-conditioning (if needed) will foster improved relations between most family pets.

Cats and Dogs in One House

Creating harmony among cats and dogs.

Itís important to be realistic as to the likelihood of your dog safely sharing his home with a cat. It goes without saying that homes with dogs who have previously chased and killed small animals are not likely considered a safe space for feline friends Ė at least not without a considerable amount of skilled behavior modification paired with carefully crafted, consistent management protocols. Chasing by itself isnít always a deal-breaker. Many dogs chase stray cats and squirrels for fun while still learning to respect the cats with whom they live.

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