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April 8, 2010 10:48 PM Subscribe
let the cat/dog flame wars begin! My dog wants to eat cats - what should I do?
posted by youchirren to pets & animals (29 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My dog is a 2.5 yr old yellow labrador retriever, well behaved in general, but still a lab/dog (chases balls incessantly, chews occasional household objects, and overgreets). Loving of children and strangers. Lately, on walks around our nice neighborhood, he has developed a keen interest in cats - so much so, that he strains at the leash when he smells one, and will pull hard and whine if he sights one. The other day, after returning from an excursion, I parked in my driveway and opened both the backyard gate and the car door, expecting him to amble on inside as he has done dozens of times, when he shot off into the side yard (unfenced and along the street) - a hideous yowling followed, along with the shooting streaks of two bodies, which I chased into a corner. My dog had chased some neighbors cat up a telephone pole! I grabbed him by the scruff and dragged him into my backyard while severely reprimanding him. I guess my question is this: what can I do (*other* than aversion training) to make him more accepting of cats? I know that the general rule of thumb is "look out for your own self when larger animals are present", but I don't like cats that chase birds and I don't want my dog to chase cats. any non-dog-cruel solutions?