Today for the vibe, I'm going to talk a bit about a a huskies prey drive.
We are also joining Ruckus the Eskie today for his Sepia Saturday blog hop!
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There is an all to common question about owning both a Siberian husky and cats. It is said that this is an impossible task.
Huskies are cunning, patient hunters with a high prey drive.
Yes this is true. There are far to many people and studies in the world for me to argue with that.
BUT . . . .
These sites and studies also say to never EVER trust huskies with cats.
And never EVER have huskies and cats in the same house.
And THAT, I will argue with!
You have all seen these photos before (below)
Very obviously these are photos of my dogs and kitties snuggling together and doin just fine.
And of course for the hop, we edited them with sepia.
|Koda and Loco eating from Kodas bowl. Loco likes to try and steal his food lol but he doesn't mind!|
|Koda and my moms cat chillin on the couch|
|Winter feeling rather comfy on top of Lexus!|
|Winter and Lexus sleeping side by side on the couch|
|Winter and Lexus relaxin|
|Loco, Mika and Lexus having some down time in the kitchen|
So as you can see, they all get along just fine!
That being said, there are certain things I do with my pets to make sure everybody stays happy.
And introductions to each other are key as well.
I think that goes for any breed of dog though.
If your dog lives with you, then all the sudden you bring a kitty home, you can pretty much expect that the dog will be curious, and want to sniff the cat etc... And when the dog tries to sniff the cat, the cat will most likely run, and when kitty runs, puppy plays, and the chase is on.
Tips on how to keep peace in a house with cats and dogs:
I will share with you the things that I do to keep everyone safe and happy living under the same roof.
I swear by baby gates. I have shared about this before, but can't stress it enough.
I have baby gates across bedroom doors, I have gates between the kitchen and living room etc...
This is a big help!
If the dogs are picking on the cats, they usually just get up jump over the gate, and go the kitty domain.
If the cats are picking on the dogs, they will ask to go in the kitchen, and have a snooze by the door.
It is important to have a kitty domain.
The top floor of my house is kitty territory. They have a place where they eat, sleep, drink, and go potty. It is husky free.
The kitties always have a 'safe' place to go, should they feel the need.
When introducing a new cat to your dog, or vice versa, do not push them on each other.
That is the worst mistake people do.
People feel the need to 'make' their pets be friends.
But pushing them on each other, in my opinion will only drive them further apart.
What I have done with my pets is let them figure each other out on their own.
By doing so, they have learned each other and now know how far to go with each different animal of my house.
Winter loves to snuggle with my dogs as you can see in the photos above. The dogs know this, and I often find them all laying together.
Loco likes to play with the dogs. They know this, and they know that she is the kitty to go to when they feel like playing. And the play has always been gentle. Even still, I ALWAYS monitor them when they play to make sure it does not get out of hand. And luckily so far, it has not.
KiKi however is a bit different. She is princess of the house. She will not snuggle with the dogs nor will she play with them.
She has been known to toy with them a bit, acting as if she wants to play, but when the dogs respond she will hiss and walk away.
She will lay beside them on the couch with no problems, and she rubs against their legs as she walks by, but she prefers them not to bother her.
The dogs know this, and have learned to respect her space.
For the first little while, before your pets get to know each others boundaries, you will have to keep everyone in check as best you can.
One thing that worked wonders for me, is teaching your dogs the "leave it" command.
This action can come in handy in SO many different situations, but we will focus on dogs and cats today.
Use your leave it command when your dog wants to chase kitty.
Use your leave it command when the dog gets a little to 'sniff happy' with kitty.
Use your leave it command when and if your dog gets 'mouthy' with kitty.
Mouthy, meaning put their mouth on kitty.
How to teach "Leave it"
What you will need: small yummy treats, your hand, your dog!
Put a small size treat in your hand, let him know its there.
Have him sit, and stay.
Put the treat on the floor in front of him a couple feet away.
While your putting the treat there, firmly say "leave it" or "wait"
Most likely he will still go for the treat anyway.
The second he gets up to go for the treat, put your hand over it, but do not move it.
Let him sniff at your hand, paw at it, etc...
Then repeat the words "no" "leave it"
Ask him to sit, when he sits praise him, and give him the treat.
This takes time and patience ! Believe me!
Work at these steps daily, in short intervals .
Keep positive, try your best not to get frustrated, if you do, end the session on a positive note, like a "sit" command, give treat, end session.
Eventually you will be able to leave your hand off the treat while using leave it. Once he does this, allow him to go get the treat, then praise like crazy!
Continue this every single day!
Even if it is one treat a day, one time a day. This command is very important!
Now that your dog understands what "leave it" means, you can use it with the kitty.
If the kitty gets up and puppy wants follow or chase, use your leave it command, in a stern voice. You can also include the word "no" so that the two commands together will help him realize, you mean business!
Once they know each others boundaries, you will not have to use this as much. But my suggestion is to work on it every day using treats, to keep it fresh in their mind.
Huskies and kitties can be friends. We are living proof of that.
But that doesn't mean we don't need to be careful and monitor things.
Keep an eye on your pets body language and know when they need space.
❇ I am not a professional trainer, or an animal behavior specialist, these are tips and tricks that I personally use in my own house, and have proven successful for us ❇
Thanks for coming to catch the vibe with us!
((Husky hugz frum our pack))
A Big P.S. - I want to let everyone know that what I write about on this blog is from my own experiences and my own dogs. Huskies do have high prey drives, and a lot of thought needs to go into whether or not you can try having kitties along with you husky. I am a stay at home mom, and am home to monitor things every single day. I don't recommend introducing a cat into your home with a husky if you cannot be there to monitor how things are going.