How can I get my cats to get along with my dog?

Samantha asked:

I have 8 cats (each about a year and a half to two years old), and a Puggle named Jake that turned 2 years old today. We let my cats run around the house, and we keep Jake in his own room and let him in the backyard for an hour or two every day. We want to let my Jake run around the house, so we’re having a trainer come in and train him to not destroy the furniture and such. The trainer says she can train him to ignore the cats, but what about the cats?
Earlier today when we were letting Jake run around free, he got too close to my cat, Trevor. Trevor hissed at Jake and lashed out with his claws, cutting Jake’s ear open. We had to bring him to the vet and for the next 24 hours his ear will be bandaged.
Is there a way to avoid another injury like this without having to separate the cats from the dog?

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2 thoughts on “How can I get my cats to get along with my dog?

  1. Vicky L

    Pet Cat Insurance

    Sounds like you have a houseful!!! We have 3 cats and a Siberian Husky. They have, somehow, learned to all get along. It’s nothing that we did, however. When we brought our dog home two years ago he had never seen a cat before and our cats had never seen a dog before! The first few days were pretty stressful because I was certain the dog was going to kill the cats!!!! Nothing bad happened, though. The worst thing that did happen was that the dog got his muzzle scratched a couple of times from the cats batting at him with their claws. Nothing that even drew blood, though. Now, after two years, they still tussle once in a while, but for the most part they just ignore one another. If Coby (the dog) sees one of the cats by his food or water bowl he will go up to them and bark at them — like, “get away from my stuff!” Once in a while, just for fun, I think, one of our cats will purposely come up to him and cuff him on the head and then just walk away like she’s gotten away with something!!!! The cats will hiss at him if he gets too close to them. It’s comical to watch them interact with each other!

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