Re: stop chasing the cats
Fun fun fun... living with cats and dogs. We have two GSDs and two cats. One of the cats always runs from the dogs, which triggers the prey drive so the dogs always want to chase. The other cat will NOT run, but will hiss and growl and swat. This triggers the fight/play drive in the dogs, which sometimes means nipping at the cat, which obviously is not good.
My Cody learned slowly that the cats' claws WILL hurt and he learned after repeatedly telling him NO and redirecting him that it is not okay to chase the cats. Now he pretty much just ignores them, unless he gets really feisty, then he wants to chase them.
Brandie, who has really high prey drive, wants to make the cats run so she can chase them. We have also told her NO and redirected her with a toy or a treat to make her understand that it is not ok to chase the cats indoors. I have gotten her to the point where she can focus on me instead of the cats but if they move too quickly she will chase. She means no harm to the cats, she just wants to chase them and play with them. If she is laying on the couch and one of the cats comes by, she gets "hypnotized" by them, she just stares and stares and if they make any quick movements, she will bounce.
I think the key is patience, letting your dog know it is not ok to chase the cats in the house, giving the dog rewards when it leaves the cats alone etc. It may take a lot of time!!
Cody 3 yrs, CGC, CDX, BH, TDI, TT, TD -HOT
VP Myth Vom Triton (Brandie) 2 yrs, CGC, BH, TT -HOT
Iida -American Shorthair Cat 5 yrs,
Odin -Bengal Cat 4 yrs