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Daisy 12-03-2013 07:08 PM

Added new GSD to home, trouble adjusting- help!
We were given a male working line GSD because the owner could no longer keep him due to health reasons. His, not the dog. He is trained, is a good dog. I was concerned about my cats and was told he was trained to ignore cats. He's had some protection training, guess that's where ignoring the cats come in.

He fits in well, gets along with our female GSD, but hates the cats. They are living in seclusion, and I'm afraid it's a matter of time. I had one in my lap just so he could get used to it, it hissed, he tried to mouth it. Normally, the cat would teach a dog it is boss and all is well. Not now. He will see them over the baby gate and bark, loudly. I cover the gate with a blanket, but he can see over. I kennel him and he goes ape. I know he's new and adjusting. It's his 1 week here. Keeping him inside on lock down.

I don't want to fuss and correct him yet, I want this to be a fun time. After two weeks we will go to the SCH club to keep him busy. He's not a SCH dog, but has the training.

Any ideas on how to make this work? Other than the cats, he's doing good. He is about 7 years old. Thanks!

llombardo 12-03-2013 08:38 PM

My boy was the same way with the cats, still is with one of them sometimes. It was the first thing we worked in. Lots if supervision and leave its non stop. My cats do not back down. In fact my one cat kicked the dogs butt a few days ago, got his nose real good. He hasn't learned:( it's not so bad that they are separated. They are able to sleep and drink together with no problems and I never thought I would see that day.

trcy 12-03-2013 10:04 PM

We had a pit who hated cats. We tried to keep them separate, but one day in the front yard the cat and dog met. It did not end well for the cat. :(

My GSD puppy has been raised with my elderly cat. She is deaf, so barking does not phase her. He will herd her, and mouth her neck, but nothing close to killing her. On good days they will share the dog bed and he nuzzles up next to her.

You can try reenforce "leave it", but I would try to keep them separated.

Daisy 12-04-2013 01:47 PM

Thank you for your advices/opinions. I have also found some NILF information and 2 week lockdown information. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Baillif 12-04-2013 01:55 PM

Nice you found that on your own I was going to suggest it. Then you can start a desensitization/ counter conditioning program.

Waffle Iron 12-08-2013 10:16 PM

I would be of the opinion that isolating your dog from the cat creates anxiety and tension. It's telling your dog there is something wrong with the cat being there and it has to "stay away". So the dogs natural reaction is as you mentioned...

You have to let the dog see the cat and try to interact with it. If you see unwanted behavior, like aggression, mouthing, etc, then that is when you have to correct it by telling your dog "no!" or whatever command routine you have set up to indicate to your dog the behavior is unwanted.

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