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Why is my dog barking at my cat?

asked 2018-06-20 20:50:00 -0500

I got my German shepherd as a 10 week puppy and she has grown alongside my (currently 1year old) cat. My dog is now about 9 months and she and the cat have always mostly gotten along untill, for about the past week she will continually bark at my cat untill she is out of sight. This behavior is new and very obnoxious, being that just about everytime my cat come out of a room, there is constant barking for about a minute or so. I would very much appreciate any helpful information, tips, or solutions regarding this issue. Thanks

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answered 2018-07-16 08:06:50 -0500

Something could have happened while you were away - a friend of mine has a cat and dog who coexist together okay most of the time but on occasion she will swat him in the face and he barks at her causing tension between them.

I would try some training tactics with her by rewarding her for being calm and quiet and not barking around the cat. Try to slowly introduce the cat into the space and if your dog remains quiet and does not exhibit that behavior - reward that. Eventually with time and patience, the barking might stop. :)

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