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Dog fixation on new kitten dangerous?

asked 2018-08-10 17:53:38 -0500

My 8 year old beagle mix is fixated on the new kitten. She stares, whines, and follows her around obsessively. She has chased the kitten a few times but I immediately admonished her for it. It’s been a few days and she is still fixated. She lived with an older cat right before this with no problem. Last night she slept with me and the kitten on the same bed without incident. I’m just concerned about her prey drive being activated. How can I stop the fixation, staring, and following around?

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my dog honey did the same thing. all you can do is correct her every time she starts to fixate on the cat. shes allowed to look but she cant fixate because that can turn into prey drive. keep up correcting her and it should stop soon.

Jennifer M.'s profile image Jennifer M.  ( 2018-08-15 15:53:07 -0500 ) edit

You could also try rewarding whenever she is focused on you instead of correcting(may cause a negative association with cat). Remove the value of the cat(pup gets nothing from the cat) and increase value of you( treats come when pup looks at you). Worth a try:)

Amanda E.'s profile image Amanda E.  ( 2018-08-18 06:17:52 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2018-08-15 15:53:22 -0500

my dog honey did the same thing. all you can do is correct her every time she starts to fixate on the cat. shes allowed to look but she cant fixate because that can turn into prey drive. keep up correcting her and it should stop soon.

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answered 2018-08-17 17:21:53 -0500

My dogs are greatly concerned with cats. Just be consistent with your training. You could also do association work with your dog if you're still worried. In a training session, every time the dog can ignore/leave it/gentle touch the cat equals a click and treat.

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