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    08-03-2012, 02:36 PM
  #111
Trained
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Originally Posted by soileddove    
I was trying to find to post where you talked about how you introduced your dog to cats.. Unfortunately I just can't find it scanning through.. So I apologize that you've already talked about it, but please, how did you introduce them?
If you mean me, I can tell you about what we did.

First off, every dog that I ever had except one was raised with cats. When they were little puppies, they would try to chase the cat and the cat swatted them on the nose. They developed a deep respect for cats and they never noticed that they weigh 100 pounds and the cat only 6 pounds. This is by far the best way.

I did have a dog that was given to me as an adult. He killed and mutilated my daughter's beloved cat. My first reaction was to put him down, but I decided to try to train him. I would take him out on the leash to start with. If he even walked toward the cats, I would jerk his dang head off. If he chased them, I took a riding crop to him. Since he was so stubborn, it got so that basically even looking toward the cats earned him a whipping. He did leave our cats alone. He didn't like it, but he learned to out of respect for me (or the riding crop). I never totally trusted him alone in the house with the cats. He was a fairly aggressive dog anyway, so he was in the pen unless I was with him. He was a great horseback riding dog. He ran in front of the horses and kept the path clear of wildlife.

I will never accept a grown dog that is not totally cool with cats, horses, chickens, and children again. It was too much trouble and too much heartbreak. If I were going to try it again, I would use an electric collar. But I'm not going to. There are too many nice dogs available.

Puppies learn so much easier.
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    08-03-2012, 02:39 PM
  #112
Foal
That's exactly what I did with my dog!

It's funny to see my big bulky 100lb dog cowering in a corner because my 5lb cat swatted at him for laying in her sunning spot on the floor :p
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    08-03-2012, 02:55 PM
  #113
Green Broke
We had a cat that would rip the nose off of any strange dog she ran across. She would then walk around it's legs and under their belly and the dog better stand there patiently or she would rip their nose off again. Once introductions were done she would promptly do her cats best at ignoring the dog from then on. She would only acknowledge the dog again if it made a pest of itself and that was just for long enough to reinforce the nose ripping off lesson.
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    08-03-2012, 03:02 PM
  #114
Foal
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Originally Posted by Celeste    
If you mean me, I can tell you about what we did.

First off, every dog that I ever had except one was raised with cats. When they were little puppies, they would try to chase the cat and the cat swatted them on the nose. They developed a deep respect for cats and they never noticed that they weigh 100 pounds and the cat only 6 pounds. This is by far the best way.

I did have a dog that was given to me as an adult. He killed and mutilated my daughter's beloved cat. My first reaction was to put him down, but I decided to try to train him. I would take him out on the leash to start with. If he even walked toward the cats, I would jerk his dang head off. If he chased them, I took a riding crop to him. Since he was so stubborn, it got so that basically even looking toward the cats earned him a whipping. He did leave our cats alone. He didn't like it, but he learned to out of respect for me (or the riding crop). I never totally trusted him alone in the house with the cats. He was a fairly aggressive dog anyway, so he was in the pen unless I was with him. He was a great horseback riding dog. He ran in front of the horses and kept the path clear of wildlife.

I will never accept a grown dog that is not totally cool with cats, horses, chickens, and children again. It was too much trouble and too much heartbreak. If I were going to try it again, I would use an electric collar. But I'm not going to. There are too many nice dogs available.

Puppies learn so much easier.
I didn't mean you, but thank you. I thought he, colocityboy, had been saying something about how he introduced his dog to cats and geese or something.. ha ha Must've imagined it.

Anyway.. I was going to say something similar to what you said. That's how I've always introduced dogs to cats.. They may be very laid back and have great re-call, but eventually they're going to give chase and get swiped.. Then they never do it again. That's how it went with my two dogs, and how I believe it generally goes. Yours is a sad exception.

I was just trying to gain insight as to his training methods and I was wondering why, if they work so well, they can't simply be applied to the girlfriends horse.. I assume she can handle her horse well, and if his dog is well trained, there really should be no issue.

But anyway.. I think its just a lot more simple to allow their natural instincts to kick in and learn the lesson themselves. The lesson will be more ingrained.

Just like.. Kids and electric fences. They never believe you that its hot until they find out on their own. No one wants their kids to get shocked, but once they do, they don't mess with it again.
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    08-03-2012, 04:52 PM
  #115
Trained
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Originally Posted by soileddove    
I didn't mean you, but thank you. I thought he, colocityboy, had been saying something about how he introduced his dog to cats and geese or something.. ha ha Must've imagined it.

I was just trying to gain insight as to his training methods and I was wondering why, if they work so well, they can't simply be applied to the girlfriends horse.. I assume she can handle her horse well, and if his dog is well trained, there really should be no issue.
I also would be interested. I also don't think he is going to have a problem if his dog is well trained.
     
    08-04-2012, 08:38 AM
  #116
Banned
I go riding with my pitbull, she either sits on the horse with me or trots along side us. She won't let other dogs near us and is a total recall dog, I just have to whistle and she's next to me again.

I also actually carry a gun with me. Not just for loose dogs but for bear and mountain lion as well...

ETA: And before anyone goes all animal rights on me, if a loose dog will not go away and is still intent on attacking my horse after being yelled at or charged, then I will shoot it. Keep your dogs contained people, or at least pay attention when they are outside and you know there is a rider on the road/near by! I will not feel sorry for shooting a viscious dog.
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    08-04-2012, 09:46 AM
  #117
Weanling
As I am on the trails and beach a lot I have quiet some irresponsible dog owners to keep up with every day :0) Best thing is to carry a camera and take a pic of dog and owner if you can and tell them that you will send this to the authorities or whoever is the contact for that park or beach... they will not let their dog off leash again (at least not if it is not trained). I also carry a whip and I have one horse (the one I usually use as lead horse) that turn her butt to the dog and would kick if the dog would come to close... Dogs are not suppost to chase wildlife or any other domestic animal and here where I live I would be even allowed to kill the dog if it would attack my horse... I could never do that I think as I blame the owner and not the dog who is just being a dog!
     
    08-04-2012, 06:49 PM
  #118
Weanling
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Originally Posted by soileddove    
The only thing I'd worry about is getting your horse or yourself? I've considered doing this as well, but the fact that my horse might turn into it or something keeps me from doing so.. Have you ever had to use it?
No, thank goodness. I'm always aware of the direction of the wind just in case. Usually a deep "NO! BAD DOG!" works. (I've been training dogs for 30+ years). The dogs usually slink off.
     

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