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  • 1.  Dog aggression towards cats

    Posted 05-25-2022 05:10 PM
    Hello all-

    I have a situation with a dog that has developed aggression towards cats roughly 1-2 months ago. The dog was raised around cats but has always seemed excessively interested in them but never violent until now. I tried reintroduction, segregation and am now at a loss of what to do next. He is a very sweet dog with humans and other dogs. I have searched the library and mostly just see articles about cat aggression against dogs but I may not have searched far back enough. Any helpful suggestions are very welcomed. Thank you in advance!

    Michelle Tinkham

  • 2.  RE: Dog aggression towards cats

    Posted 05-30-2022 09:26 AM
    Hi, Michelle!

    Are you able to provide additional behavior history, observations, and/or video for review (without recreating any of the behaviors/setting events described)? That may help forum members be able to provide more specific feedback. 

    It may also be ideal to pursue a consultation with a Fear Free professional who can assist you in person. 

    It can be challenging to provide comprehensive behavior consulting advice in this medium due to safety and ethical concerns. 

    Heather Kalman (she/her), CPDT-KA, SBA, ABCDT
    Embedded Data Coordinator
    American Pets Alive!, Human Animal Support Services