11 week old puppy and cats
Hello I'm new here and a new GSD puppy mom. I've never had a GSD before and the last puppy I had was when I was a very very young child. We have two 2yr old LARGE cats (17-20lbs) and now an 11 week old puppy. I know he is a puppy and to expect puppy behavior but what should I be doing to help with our dog/cat situation. The puppy seems like he wants to play with the cats who at first were iffy and now just investigating they can be in the same room and be fine. But the cats will be laying somewhere and the puppy will go over to them very excited (duh he's a puppy!) and one cat will hiss and run away the other sometimes hisses or lately just stays where he is and if the puppy gets too close he will just walk away. We try to keep the cats from running away because I know the GSDs instinct is to chase and herd. We usually have the puppy on the leash so he can only be with us and not chase after. We let him get close and sniff but if he seems to be going after them we tell him no and redirect his attention. Today he was I assume trying to play with the one cat and tried to nip at him. Our vet said they will eventually work it out and my friend who has 2 GSDs and about 12 cats said her's all just worked it out, the cats stood up for themselves while she made it clear the cats are off limits. We had him at her house for socialization and he did well with her dogs and in the house with about 5 cats around he did not even seem to notice them. I'm just unsure of how we can do this. Or what we should do or not do to let them work it out. We have had him for 2 weeks and I know not to expect results immediately or over night. I just want to make sure we do the correct thing. I apologize if this has already been discussed or if I have it in the wrong area. Thank you for any advice it is greatly appreciated.