Revised: Our GS hates our cat update....
So. I took the advice of people here and went to the police K-9 board. Also, DH talked with some of the handlers at work. They all said pretty much the same thing. Police dogs are picked and bred b/c of their prey drive. No one I talked with gave much hope of changing Krok. He is well trained, it is true, so on leash, he is great. Very correctable....listens well.
But he's not on leash in the house.....I realize I can train him on leash in the house and we do. But once the leash is off.....it's a different story.
The fact that he is now barking and pacing at our outside cat, who just sits still and looks at him....doesn't give me much hope for our inside cat, who hisses, arches his back and runs.
I just don't know. Part of me thinks it would be kinder to the cat to re-home him.....somewhere that doesn't have a big dog. I'm not talking dumping him in a shelter...but finding a good home. I don't want him to live in fear. Also, I have to think about my kids. I don't want to live in constant fear that they would get in the middle of something or that one day their dog will catch their kitty and kill him in front of my four year old. That would be just horrible on every level.
Maybe you just can't change this.....I have no problem walking with Krok on leash outside right in front of our cat and chickens.....but I would never leave him out there alone with them. You can tell it would not end well. I don't want that inside cat to have that worry every day of his life.
Krok is a great dog.....he is very laid back and gentle in every area, except this. He behaves well and knows all his commands. He is a big sweetheart with my kids. But NOT my cat. Sigh.
Last edited by mamma6; 03-09-2013 at 09:34 AM.