Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
You have already trained her to wander and then hunt and kill prey. My dog, "Rose" kills rabbits but it's on our property. She is 1/2 Husky, and I read that Husky's will kill cats is they are not raised to see them as part of the pack. We got her at 8 weeks old and raised her with the cats. I had a bad experience with a shelter GS that was 6 mo when I took him home (on a Friday--DON'T EVER DO THIS!!!). He loved people but tried to kill two of my cats, and attacked my horse, "Corporal" (1982-2009, RIP) IN HIS STALL!!
He got crated and taken back to the shelter on Monday. This young dog has been ruined, and you have ruined yours through neglect. We lost 6 cats in 2013, and we thought it was bc of coyotes. One was bc of a neighbor's dog. I should have gotten up at 5am and let our 12 yo female cat, "Favorite". I found her two front legs strewn about later the same morning. Coyotes, or the dead Bobcat that somebody found in a building up the street, would have carried off the carcass and we would have had nothing left. There was a neighbor's dog who was wandering. This was becoming an everyday occurance and my dog, "Pyg" was alerting me--she doesn't warm up quickly to other dogs. The day after I found parts of my sweet cat, I never saw this dog again. Presumably he took home the rest of my cat. DH said if he ever saw this dog on our 5 acres again, the dog would take home a .22 in his back side. Another person might decide to put a .38 in that dog's head. Such could be the outcome for you.
Dogs can wander much further from home than you think. If your dog kills somebody's cat or somebody's small dog, they're going to be Very Angry. If they catch wind that YOUR dog has a bad habit of wandering and hunting, they'll be at your door.