How To Train A Cat And Dog To Get Along

How To Train A Cat And Dog To Get Along


If you have both a dog and a cat, you probably know that the dynamics of your home can be different from those of a home with just one species. While dogs are often quite sociable with other animals, cats can take some time to get used to other pets. If your new cat isn’t getting along with your dog, don’t despair! There are ways to train them both to get along. Below is advice on how to train your pets so they can eventually share the household without any major problems cropping up.

Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is a common trait among pets. Your cat or dog may be stressed by your absence, and they may act out while you are away. In some cases, this behavior can be treated with medication or behavior modification.

Don’t Overdo It

Don’t force your cat and dog to play together. If a game isn’t fun for them, they won’t want to play it. In fact, if the game is too much of a struggle—if the cat has to chase after something very fast or if the dog is too rough with her—your cat might decide she never wants to play again. The same goes for feeding time: if your dog eats food that’s clearly on the floor but gets upset when your cat eats off a plate (or vice versa), this may be because one animal thinks that it’s unfair for another animal to have different rules than themselves. You can help by making sure everyone eats their own food at different times in separate places; maybe even use separate dishes or bowls!

It’s also important not to force sleep arrangements in order to keep your pets from fighting each other while they sleep (and when they wake up). When two animals are forced into close proximity while sleeping, there’s always going to be some tension between them—even if both were initially happy with sleeping near one another when they were younger! If you want both pet friends sleeping peacefully next door or across town from each other instead of right next door where there might be trouble brewing later on down life’s path…then do what needs doing now rather than later!

Keep Calm And Play On

Keep Calm and Play On

A great way to get your cat and dog to bond is by playing with both of them at the same time. If your dog is not very energetic, you can play fetch with a toy in front of him or her. Your cat might be curious about this new game and want in on it as well! If this is not an option, try playing fetch with your dog while the cat watches from afar or snoozes away nearby. This will give them both time to warm up to each other’s presence without feeling too overwhelmed by one another’s energy levels.

If either animal begins growling or acting defensive towards each other during playtime, separate them again so that everyone can regroup their emotions before trying again later on. Remember: don’t rush anything!

Choose A New Spot For Your Cat’s Litter Box And Food Bowl

The next step is to get your cat and dog used to each other. You should start this process when your dog has just arrived, so that he or she can become comfortable with the new environment before meeting the cat.

Begin by training both pets separately in different rooms of your home. This way, you can practice with one pet at a time and make sure they are fully trained before bringing them together for real-life practice sessions. Keep in mind that it’s best for both animals if you train them separately from each other until they are ready for socialization training together (see below).

For example, if you have an indoor litter box for your cat near where the dog sleeps at night, then set up a separate room for that purpose where he won’t be disturbed by noises made by either animal during sleeping hours; put his food bowls there too so they’re not right next door where noise may wake him up too early in case someone gets hungry during bedtime hours!

Separate your cat and dog for a few hours if they tend to be aggressive. If they get along, create playtime to train them together.

If your cat and dog tend to be aggressive, separate them for a few hours. This will allow each animal to get used to their new living situation and adjust. If you want to train them together, you can give them playtime when they seem ready for it. To make this happen, place treats in a box or other container that’s easy for the cat or dog to touch with its nose but not its teeth. Then let both animals see each other through the container’s opening as you hold it up high enough so neither one can reach his or her desired reward without coming together first (and hopefully getting along). Once your pets are comfortable sniffing out treats from within this confined space, add another layer of complexity by moving the container around while still keeping it at an angle where only one animal at a time can have access—this will encourage them both to work together instead of fighting over the food!


When training your cat and dog to get along, it’s important to be patient. They’ll need time to adapt to each other’s presence and grow more comfortable around one another. Don’t try forcing them together too quickly, but keep an eye out for signs that they are starting to become friends on their own accord.

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