I just recently adopted a 2 year old GSD, named Tonks, from a shelter. The shelter I volunteer at is currently helping to rehabilitate a raccoon that was orphaned when it was still young. The raccoon is almost ready to be set free and is full grown now. The raccoon was nearby while I was sitting on the walkway right after coming back from a walk with my dog. I was talking to the other volunteers when all of a sudden, I was hit in the face with the raccoon as my dog was shaking it. He didn't puncture the skin since we got the raccoon away from him in time, but this was definitely a 'for the kill' type thing.
What's worse is that he lunged at a cat 5 minutes later. I'm pretty sure he got high off of adrenaline from catching the raccoon, but this raises some pretty serious questions for me since I own a cat myself. To be fair, I was really tense for a little while before he went after the raccoon, but I am usually really good at paying attention to my emotions and regulating them.
I just don't understand why this happened or where to go from here... Tonks has never gone after another animal to my knowledge, but it seems that my boy has a very strong prey drive. Due to circumstances prior to this event, I am boarding Tonks at the shelter until I can move because my landlord doesn't allow dogs, but now I am worried about the safety of my cat when he finally does move in. Needless to say, he will be supervised when he is around my cat, but what do I do with a dog with a high prey drive?
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