|Barked: Tue Dec 23, '14 11:44am PST |
|I think you're misinterpreting his attempts to control the cat as "aggression." I lived with an ACD-mix and 2 cats. They have all begrudgingly tolerated one another for 3 years, but when I first adopted my dog she would jump up any time the cats went near her food bowl and body block them. I put a stop to this by just putting the food bowl out where the cats passed it a hundred times a day, and telling the dog to leave it. However, when I introduce something new to the house (a bag of groceries, the Christmas tree, whatever...) Maybelle will still chase the cats away. I've started using this to my advantage. If the cats scratch the furniture she jumps up and chases them away -- and she's learning how to do this when they get up on the counter or a table. It gives the dog a job and keeps the cats in line.
Sometimes she will nip at the cats, but she's never actually bit them or hurt them. One of my cats even calls her bluff sometimes and stands her down. As long as you can control the dog (i.e. call her away, ask her to "leave it" or sit and stay") it shouldn't have to be a problem.
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