One of my dogs has a real cat chasing problem that is getting worse. It used to be that she would run after the cat, but once she caught up to it and it ran away, it was like she would realize we where calling for her to stop. So she would stop and leave the cat alone. Now, once she catches the cat she continues to go after it. We are worried she is going to do some serious damage to one of the cats if this continues.
I am hoping to find some way to train her to not do this anymore. I watch "It's Me Or The Dog" sometimes and I was thinking maybe something like the "leave it" command would work, so when she sees the cats we tell her to "leave it" and hope she will. I can't remember the exact steps for teaching though so if anyone could tell me that would be good.
Also, I am worried this might not work because once she sees a cat it's hard to get her focus off the cat and back on you. And if she's not paying attention to us, not command is going to get her to stop. So does anyone have any other training ideas to help with this?
ETA: I don't know if this makes any difference but she is a cattle dog mix. At first we thought the chasing was some sort of herding instinct but now I don't know if that makes sense since she attacks the cats and that wouldn't really be a herding thing...