Get a squirt bottle with a fine spray. Put some water in it. Squirt the dog and say "No" very firmly whenever the dog chases the cats. If the cats are by any chance provoking the dog, a little dampening of their enthusiasms couldn't hurt.
Never spray anywhere near electric or electronics or anything else water will wreck. Also, of course, mop floors if water gets on them and don't spray where cats or dogs or people could fall and hurt themselves. I take a squirt bottle in the van when I go shopping. It also rinses things quite nicely, but needs to have a top that can be closed and bottle should be kept upright. (04/13/2004)
By Linne D.
Well, in our house we have 2 very excited puppies (a year old Golden Retriever and a 7 month old Lab) and 2 not-so-excited cats. What we found best was to section off part of the house for each set of animals using the tension mounted baby gates. Easily removable when you have company or for cleaning.
Ours is in the hallway between the living room (dogs) and the bedrooms (cats).The cats can easily jump over the gates when they feel threatened and the dog can be trained not to jump/knock them over. The cats have their litter and food in a bedroom on their side of the house, so they only have to see the dogs when they want to.
The main thing is to be consistent. If you don't correct the dogs each time they try to jump over, they'll always try to get the cat who just landed lightly (or in the case of my large cat, not so lightly) on the other side of the fence. (06/17/2004)
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