Hello everyone, I am a new dog owner and I recently got two Doberman dogs. However, I also have a cat at home and I am a bit worried about how my dogs will react around the cat. I have heard that Dobermans have a high prey drive and I don't want my cat to be harmed in any way. Can anyone share their experiences with Doberman dogs and cats? How are they around cats? Do they get along or do they need special training to be around cats? Any tips or advice would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help!
Hello there! I have owned both Doberman dogs and cats and in my experience, it's important to remember that each dog or cat will react differently to each other. While Dobermans are known to have high prey drives, in my case, one of my Dobermans coexisted peacefully with a cat while the other did not.
It's true that socializing your dog with cats from a young age can make a big difference, but if you're introducing a cat to an older Doberman, it can be a bit more challenging. Older dogs can be set in their ways and may take longer to adjust to a new situation.
In my experience, positive reinforcement plays a major role in helping the dog to get along with your cat. Whenever the dog shows good behavior around the cat, reward them with treats or positive attention. This teaches them that being calm around the cat is good and not something that they need to be scared of.
Overall, I'd say introducing a Doberman to a cat takes time and patience but with a bit of effort on your part, it can work out positively. Just remember to take things gradually and to never leave your pets unsupervised until you are totally confident they can be trusted together without incident.