Ideas to smooth tensions between GS mix & cats?
Does anyone have any thoughts on bringing a 17 month old male GS/herding-dog mix into a household of 5 cats and an 8 year old black lab?
There has been some aggression on the part of the GS/herding-dog mix toward the cats.
If the dog is showing aggression toward the cats you may not get them together. It took almost 6 months for me to get Kiya to accept a kitty last year. I just got another kitty and this one was accepted by all 3 of my dogs and was able to be free in the house in a week. Crate the dog when the cats are loose. Work on obedience because "leave it" and a long down/stay are your best bet.
It also helps when the cats are dog savy. When I let the dogs in the house I yell out "dogs" and I am teaching this new kitty up high is safe. Even though my dogs are good with him he's still so tiny one paw swipe could be it.
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