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Training a Cat to Act Like a Dog
Tips and Tricks for Teaching Your Cat to Behave Like a Dog
Robert Huttinger

The other day I went on a hike and passed a beautiful house atop a hill. From it’s garden a silver colored cat emerged and invited me to hang out and play for a bit. When I continued my walk, my new cat friend decided to follow along. It walked by my side for almost one hour, sometimes sprinting in front, other times staying behind for a moment in order to pick up an interesting scent. And whenever I stopped to marvel at the wonderful view, so did the cat.

What struck me as fascinating, was that any attempt to touch or pet the cat was answered with a fierce hiss. As much as I was a welcome hiking partner, I was still too much of an unknown to this highly intelligent cat.

After a good hour I decided to end my hike and turned around, and so did my little hiking buddy. We finally said good bye to each other at the village square. I have never experienced a cat behaving like that. “Perhaps it’s owner has also a dog, and the cat may have picked up a new habit from observation,” I thought. And to prove my hypothesis right, the cat’s owner appeared with a laid back dog!

Cats can easily pick up habits from dogs, and depending on the cat’s character, there are several ways to motivate your cat into becoming more like a dog.

First, it is important to understand the difference between cats and dogs. Cats are usually independent creatures that do not need a lot of direction or guidance. They learn best when allowed to explore and experiment on their own. Dogs, on the other hand, are more reliant on their owners and require more direction and consistency in training.

When training a cat to act like a dog, start by introducing the cat to basic commands such as sit, come, and stay. Use positive reinforcement such as treats or praise to reward the cat for following directions. Gradually increase the complexity of the commands, but be patient and give the cat plenty of time to learn.

Another step could be to socialize the cat with other animals, particularly dogs. Taking the cat to a dog park and allowing it to interact with other animals can help the cat learn how to interact with other species.

Cats learn best by observing how other animals, such as dogs, interact with humans. Additionally, you can use positive reinforcement, such as treats and praise, to reward the cat for following directions. Training sessions should always be kept short and positive, and don’t forget that patience and understanding are key when training any pet. With enough patience and love, even complex behaviors such as fetching and playing games like hide-and-seek can be taught to a cat.

Once the cat is comfortable with basic commands and has been socialized with other animals, it will begin to learn more, as it’s learning instinct has been activated.

It is important to remember that cats and dogs have different needs and behaviors, so patience and understanding is key when training a cat to act like a dog. With time and love, it is possible to train a cat to act like a dog and teach them to be obedient and responsive. My little hiking buddy agrees.

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