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post #1 of 24 Old 11-20-2012, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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Dog attacking my cats!! Help!

My husband and I rescued a German Shorthair a month ago. He is two years old. We have worked with him every day (taking him running, playing fetch, working on basic commands etc.) He is an amazing beautiful dog except... He is obsessed with cats. My husband and I have had many hunting dogs and other breeds so we understand the prey drive. Small object that runs or moves instant focus on it. But even if we have him sit and "leave it" he just shakes and whines. He has on many occassions chased our cats and has actually caught my handicapable kitten. When he caught my kitten the amazing thing was he just held it down. Did not puncture at all. Just held him in his mouth. Which is awesome for a bird dog (He isn't mouthy). We use a shock collar on him and when he gets too close to the cats we hit the beep button and that seems to get his attention away for a short time. But as soon as they start to move he chases. We have zapped him, made him stay, tried to get his attention away from them with toys, treats, attention etc. We are at our wits end here! I love my cats and they do not deserve to be in fear for there life becuase of this dog. And do not have the heart to take him back to the shelter. (He was starving because they fed him what was donated and a shorthair needs a very high fat diet to keep weight on). Any suggestions would help!

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post #2 of 24 Old 11-20-2012, 10:25 AM
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find the right cat, then let him catch it.
My old barn cat would absolutely destroy most dogs.
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post #3 of 24 Old 11-20-2012, 10:30 AM
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Obedience classes. They're fun and a good idea anyway. Some pet shops offer them.

In the meantime, if he was obnoxious enough I would muzzle him.
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post #4 of 24 Old 11-20-2012, 10:33 AM
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What DA said. Dog needs obedience training, as well as being taught that chasing and grabbing cats in his mouth won't be tolerated.

I understand the prey drive, because I have sight hound. However, she knows that the barn cats are NOT prey.

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post #5 of 24 Old 11-20-2012, 10:37 AM
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I think you are doing everything you can for right now. You just need to stay consistent and keep your eyes on him.

It took over a year for our older lab, who had killed cats in the past, to accept a cat in our house. They ended up tolerating one another but the cat learned to stay away.

Slow and consistent. And muzzle if needed.
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post #6 of 24 Old 11-20-2012, 10:38 AM
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Firm, consistent training. I've had shorthairs for almost 20 years. We've never had an issue with them chasing or catching animals. They are/were hunting dogs that don't put anything in their mouths unless they are told. Our big male loves everyone & everything and wants desperately to be friends with my barn cats. When we brought home the most recent barn cat, he was very anti-dog. Dell tried to make friends with him and got his nose smacked good. He won't even look at that cat even though he's been here long enough now that the cat wants to be friends but the big weenie dog won't let him get close enough to try. It's funny watching a 75 lb dog run away from a 7 month old kitten.

Honestly, I'd light his butt up with the shock collar and reinforce it with a very stern "NO CATS!" every time he was out of line.
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Thank you everyone for all the comments! We like the muzzle idea and are going to try it. I work for a police dept so I am going to have our ACO trap a feral cat and let him at the dog, hopefully that will help some. We do our own obedience training and he does sit and stay when told but he will shake and just stare at the cats. We believe that since this is the first month he has EVER been around them that he just needs to get used to them. Our cats are so used to being able to rub and love on our other dog that this is very scary for them. Especially for my three month old kitten. But I love all of the comments and suggestions! Please keep them coming!

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That sounds like a good plan. Only thing this thread is missing is pictures of your dog! ;)
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