Join Date: May 2000
Location: Old Lyme, CT USA
tough situation for sure..
I would consider the e collar.
I would also do this, (cats don't think like dogs!),,I would have all your 'cat stuff in ONE room, kitty litter box, feeding station, block the room off and give it a few days so the cats "know" where food is, where litter is..a 'safe' room
I've told my 'aussie' story a few times but here goes again. I got Jag at 12 weeks old, a rescue,,I had 2 cats at the time (indoors)..the first few days he left the cats alone, probably just settling in..He then started charging them, and would pin them, get in their face and go 'off' on them..This happened maybe 3 times..The first time, I tried the 'soft' approach, the second time I amped it up,,the 3rd time,,(won't be popular but oh well ), I hauled his butt off that cat, had him by the scruff of the neck on his back legs and got in his face GOOD. He KNEW I was VERY PO'd and wasn't going to tolerate it one more time .. He's never bothered them again..
I didn't "beat" him, But I wasn't going to go 'easy' on him either..He's a tough dog who's now 13 and STILL can be a real pain with the other dogs..BUT he doesn't touch my cats..If he did, he'd be gone, they were here first.
So, management, a safe room for the cats with food/litter..and you can definitely try the prong collar, putting a cat in a carrier, and work that,,or an e collar..He's young, some dogs will overcome it, some won't.
All my gsd's have been fine with my cats, but I am positive they would go after one and possibly kill it if they came across one outside my house..
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