Hans, 2 years old, neutered, has been a "project dog" as I adopted him at 18 months old as an unmannered, pretty rough dog. Did I mention he is my first GSD? Yes, it has been quite a project, lol. He is very sweet natured, but had basically been in a kennel and not worked with during what should have been important formative months.
In the last several months he has been through quite a bit of training and with a lot of patience, has come a long way. I am very proud of him.
However, his last remaining huge problem to deal with is his insistence on trying to get my outside cats. He is getting really good at "watch me" to see what I expect of him and his obedience is very good, but ALL bets are off when he encounters one of my cats. I may as well be nonexistent.
I have been pulled to the ground hard more than once and this last encounter left me with a finger so painful that I first thought it was broken.
Did I mention he is wearing a prong collar while lunging hard and pulling? I can handle him with just a flat collar now in almost all situations, except these, so I just put it on him in case we run into a cat.
I am not under the impression that he just wants to play with kitty. If he were bowing and acting playful, that would be one thing, but with the hard lunging and scrambling to get to the cat, I think he would simply kill it.
Right now my thoughts are of hiring a trainer again and considering some work with an e-collar.
I've gotten a LOT of great ideas from people on this forum in the past. Is there some other way to go about this?
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