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It's a lovely evening on your patio. Suddenly, your canine companion dashes off like a chocoholic after homemade fudge, chasing the neighbor's cat.
What makes a normally sedate dog turn into a wild predator? Is it the way cats look? Or smell? Or act?
"Each breed is different," says Joy Johns, a breeder of Siberian Huskies. "Siberian Huskies are notorious for chasing cats and sometimes killing them because of their instinctive prey drive. To them, a running cat is prey. It's easier to prevent than correct this behavior later."
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So how can you get a dog that chases cats to stop? Deb Raedecki, who owns a farm in southern Michigan with dogs and cats, says it's easier to teach dogs raised with cats not to chase them. "My dogs lick the cats on the head and don't chase them," Raedecki says. "They were raised that way."Return to Top
The article Behavior: Dog Discipline [links to article] may provide more helpful tips for controlling your dog.Return to Top
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