Dogs and Cats: Best Friends?

Many times cats and dogs can learn to live happily together.  Sometimes it’s an easy match - some dogs love cats and some cats love dogs.  Sometimes the “match” just needs a little work to be happy, and sometimes it just isn’t meant to be. 

To start, always keep the animals separated unless you can be there to supervise.  You can allow them so sniff each other under closed doors or even through baby gates to help them get used to each other’s scent. 

When you do introduce them, be sure the cat has the ability to escape - allow her to approach on her own and give her tasty snacks for being near the dog. 

Keep the dog securely on a leash.  Practice your dog’s obedience commands and give him lots of treats for behaving himself around the cat.  The dog should be able to listen to you even with the cat present. 

Take your time.  Proper introductions can take months.  It all depends on your particular dog and cat.  And if either animal acts aggressively toward the other, before going any further, seek help from a qualified animal behavior consultant.

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