04-16-2011, 09:56 AM
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First, an LOL -- at first glance I read your title as "Lunging the cat" and, as a horse person, I had quite the mental image and couldn't figure out WHY you would want to do that.
As to the issue -
I use high value treats, keep the dog on a leash and just work, work, work. If I have a "leave it" already on the dog, I will use that command, but if/when we have had dogs come into the house that don't have that down yet I can't really just wait to teach that first as the cats are everywhere and it has to be addressed.
I do not allow them to 'have at it'. The advantage I have is that when a new dog comes into my house I generally have them tethered to me/under my control for the first several days and this gives me plenty of opportunity to work on the cat issue. We have multiple cat trees in our home as well as rooms/areas that are only accessible to the cats, these definitely come in handy.
I start at a distance and work our way up. ANY time the dog remotely sees, or even hears at first, the cat(s) it is treated. I build the association of "see the cat" and look to mom for a treat - which helps break the "see a cat, chase it". The leash/tether comes in handy if/when the dog just can't do it, not for correction, but for control.