Why your Golden Retriever doesn’t like cats


If your Golden Retriever doesn’t get along with cats then you might be wondering why and what you can do about it. This post will show you a number of reasons why your Golden Retriever doesn’t like cats and what you can do about it.

So, why doesn’t your Golden Retriever like cats?  Cats like to run which can cause Golden Retrievers to want to chase. Another possible reason is that your Golden Retriever is jealous of the attention your cat is getting and it wants it for itself. 

And, what can you do about it? A quick way to keep your cat safe would be to keep them both separated as much as possible. You can also train your Golden Retriever to leave your cat alone by teaching it to stay when it is being distracted by the cat. Giving your Golden Retriever lots of exercise also helps to reduce its urge to chase things.

Getting a Golden Retriever to stop chasing cats is something that many people have struggled with before so to get it to stop won’t be an overnight event. The good news is that a number of people have been successful in doing so.

Before getting your Golden Retriever to stop chasing your cat it can be helpful to take the time to figure out why it is doing it.

Why your Golden Retriever doesn’t like cats

There are a few reasons that your Golden Retriever might not like cats that I will mention below.

Cats like to run

Another problem is that cats like to run. Golden Retrievers, as well as most other dog breeds, will naturally chase after small things that are moving. This is why, when you’re teaching your Golden Retriever to stay, one of the last distractions you would show it would be a moving toy.

To correct this behavior it will be necessary for you to do lots of training with your Golden Retriever on a regular and consistent basis so that you can break it out of the habit of chasing your cat.

Jealousy

Another possible reason that your Golden Retriever might not like your cat is jealousy. Golden Retrievers are a breed that can demand a lot of attention and it could be that it doesn’t like all of the attention that your cat gets and it wants it all for itself.

To correct this it will be necessary for you to give your Golden Retriever lots of attention and to give it lots of exercise so that it doesn’t feel the need to be jealous of your cat.

How to get your Golden Retriever to stop chasing your cat

There are a number of things that you can do to get your Golden Retriever to stop chasing your cat that I will mention below.

Separate them

A quick and easy way to get your Golden Retriever to stop chasing your cat would be to simply keep them separated. By doing this you will be able to keep your cat safe and to prevent bad interactions. You could do this by keeping your cat in separate rooms or you could try to section off areas using room dividers.

If your Golden Retriever is still young then you might not want to do this since it’s easier to get your Golden Retriever to get along with cats when they’re younger. So, you’ll want to emphasize on the training method in the video below.

Keep it away from other cats

You should also take measures to ensure your Golden Retriever doesn’t get to be free with other cats. If you do then you’ll be risking having your Golden Retriever chase after it. This means that you should make sure that it’s difficult for it to escape your backyard and that you should ensure that you have it on a leash when you’re outside with it.

Train it not to

You can also try to train your Golden Retriever to get along with cats. If your Golden Retriever is still young it’s very important that you take the time to do this now. It’s also important that you train it regularly and that you maintain it over a long time period.

To train your Golden Retriever to get along with your cat you’ll do it in three stages. First, you’ll teach it to stay, then to stay when it’s being distracted then to stay when the cat is around.

I have written about how to teach your Golden Retriever to stay and how to do it when being distracted in the past here.

After you have taught it to stay when being distracted it will be time to slowly introduce the cat.

You’ll do this by telling your Golden Retriever to stay and then start by just putting the cat in the same room.

Then after your Golden Retriever maintains its attention on you you’ll reward it for doing so. You’ll repeat this process where you get your Golden Retriever to stay with the cat in the same room until you’re able to get it to keep its attention on you easily.

Once it’s good at doing that you’ll continue to tell it to stay but you’ll reduce the amount of distance between your Golden Retriever and your cat until you’re able to get your Golden Retriever to keep it’s focus on you even when the cat is nearby.

Watch the video below to see how it is done.

Give it lots of exercise

Golden Retrievers are a breed that needs a lot of exercise to be properly stimulated. If your Golden Retriever isn’t currently getting much exercise then you should make sure that it does. A lack of exercise will often result in your Golden Retriever becoming hyperactive which will increase the likelihood of it misbehaving around cats.

A good way to give your Golden Retriever a lot of exercise without needing to do a lot yourself is to teach it to play fetch. By doing that you’ll be able to get your Golden Retriever to do a lot of running over a short time period without needing to yourself.

Feed them separately

You should also take measures to ensure that you feed them separately. The probability of your Golden Retriever lashing out at your cat is much more pronounced when they are eating. So, by feeding them separately you’ll be able to reduce the likelihood of something bad happening.

Things to consider

They can be quite stubborn

When you’re getting your Golden Retriever to get along with your cat you’ll likely find that they can be quite stubborn. This means that it will be very important for you to train your Golden Retriever regularly, consistently and over the course of months so that you can really change its habits around your cat.

Start it early

The earlier you train your Golden Retriever to get along with your cat the easier it will be for you. As your Golden Retriever gets older its habits of being aggressive towards cats will be more pronounced and harder to change so it’s better to start when it’s still young.

Related questions

Do Golden Retrievers eat cats? Golden Retrievers don’t have a prey drive that’s as strong as German Shepherds or Huskies but they do still have one. This is why it’s very important that you train your Golden Retriever to be well behaved around cats from an early age and that you keep them separated as much as possible.

If you would like learn everything that you need to know about how to have a happy, healthy and well-behaved Golden Retriever, take a look at this Golden Retriever ebook.

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