Dog Is Barking at Cat, How Do I Stop Them?
You want your pets to get along and be the best of friends, but your pup just won’t leave the cat alone to have some peace and quiet. What’s going on here? Does your dog hate your cat? How do you get your dog to stop being aggressive towards cats so that you can have a happy, relaxing home?
Well, while it may seem like a pipe dream at the moment, it’s actually not that tough to teach your dog to stop barking at the cat. We’ll tell you how and answer all of your other questions today in this article “Dog Is Barking at Cat, How Do I Stop Them?” So without further ado, let’s get started on things!
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Why Does My Dog Bark at My Cat?
Your dog barks at your cat for a few possible reasons. One is that dogs are territorial animals by nature and when they see another animal in their area, even if it’s a fellow pet like a cat, they may start to bark or growl as a warning or to defend “their” territory.
Your dog’s instinctual prey drive could also be going into action when they see your cat. This prompts them to seek out and chase after other animals, particularly smaller ones — and your cat would fit the bill perfectly. Look for your dog to also be focusing intently on the cat if this is the reason.
It could also be that your dog just wants to play with your cat. You should look for clues that your dog is playing to determine if this is the case. If your dog is just wanting to play, they’ll likely also be engaging in things like jumping around, wagging their tail, and doing play bows.
Finally, it’s possible that your cat makes your dog feel anxious or scared, and they are barking as a response to that. Many dogs will bark when they are feeling worried, confused, or upset. Regardless of the reason, you can’t allow your dog to bark at your cat whenever they please or they’ll soon be doing it at all kinds of unwanted times.
To get your dog to stop barking at your cat and at other random and not-so-random times and objects (your other puppy, your baby, critters on the other side of the wall, etc), you’ll need to use behavioral training. We’ll go over how to do that in the last section of this article, which you can skip to now if you’d like.
Is It Bad If My Dog Barks at My Cat?
It can be bad if your dog barks at your cat, but that’s not always the case. If your dog just wants to play (look for them wagging their tail or doing play bows) and doesn’t seem to bother your cat, then it’s fine and could lead to a fun game of chase that will help bond the pair.
But if your dog is being aggressive with your cat (some signs of this would be focusing intently on them, or growling), then yes that would obviously be a bad thing. You need to address this right away through behavioral training before your dog tries to attack. Skip to the last section where we’ll cover how to do that.
Can You Break a Dog From Being Aggressive Towards Cats?
You can break a dog from being aggressive towards cats with some patience and training. It may take some time, but if you’re consistent with your commands and rewards, your dog will eventually learn that it’s not okay to bark at the cat or be aggressive towards them.
Continue to the next section where we’ll discuss this further.
How Do I Get My Dog to Stop Barking at My Cat?
To get your dog to stop barking at your cat, you’ll need to use behavioral training. Let’s start by thinking about what is really going on here in the first place. You’ve probably heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.
And what are a pack leader’s responsibilities? Well, the most important one would be to look after and to protect the other members of the pack. Right now, your dog’s behavior towards your cat shows that they think they are the family pack leader. They’ve determined that your cat is a threat to the family, or to their position on the hierarchy.
Your dog’s response to protect these is to lash out at your cat by barking and being aggressive with them, hoping to scare your cat into submission or running to where they’re no longer a threat.
To stop your dog barking at your cat, you’ll need to show your dog that you — and you alone — are the family pack leader. That you call the shots, and that you are the one in charge.
Soon, they’ll see that you get to determine who is part of the family pack, and they’ll be open and welcoming to them. Your dog and cat may not become best friends, but you’ll no longer have to deal with the stress, worry, and headaches caused by your dog barking at your cat and just being aggressive with them in general.
“Perfect, so how do I do this then?”
Well, I’d recommend an excellent free video series by a renowned trainer named Dan which will show you everything you need to know to prove to your dog that you are their pack leader — and a capable and effective one worthy of respect. Do so, and you’ll stop your dog barking at your cat as well as many other behavioral issues you’re likely having (or will soon).
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t worry if you have no experience with this sort of thing, because you’re exactly who the videos were made for. Dan explains everything in ways that are very easy to understand and teach to your dog, and he gets right to the point so that you’ll start seeing results in a hurry.
I’m sure you’re ready to see these terrific changes in your home, and in the interactions between your dog and your cat, so I’ll let you get started on things. Good luck with everything, and thank you for reading this article “Dog Is Barking at Cat, How Do I Stop Them?”