Many dogs enter our shelter lacking proper socialization with cats. While dogs’ natural instinct is not always to be the most affectionate towards and calm around cats, it is possible for them to still become the best of buds… with some training and patience, of course.
LCHS Alumni, Dingus, and his Journey to Becoming Cat Friendly
One wonderful example of this is a beautiful dog named Dingus, who was adopted from LCHS almost exactly a year ago, on March 20th, 2020.
Dingus, weighing in at a whopping 65 lbs while at the shelter, didn’t always seem like a gentle giant when it came to cats being near him! He would tug on the leash, trying to get to them, and would be quite tense. While at this point he did not seem like he could ever live in a household with a cat and act in a polite manner, the opposite could not have proven to be more true. His adopter shares, “When we brought him home, my husband and I were told that he did not get along with cats and boy was that true.”
Yet, after some time and training, Dingus has a new best friend. Turns out the adopters “took in a stray kitten last year, and after about a month, [Dingus] and the kitten got along great!” In fact, “The cat actually bullies him now!”
Dingus’ success story is inspirational and goes to prove how far dogs can come with their social and behavioral skills when humans put effort into working with them.
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