What makes YOU think I didnt?
Well thank you for this discovery
When I need it? The shock collar was the last resort I spent $170 only because I was trying to save the cat. anyway I am done defending myself and arguing, you are not in my house you don't know whats going on, good bye.
hi julie, i hate jumping into an already heated discussion, but i have been told e collars should never be used on a gsd. i will let others that know more debate that issue. that 170.00 may have been better spent on a trainer. i also believe that some gsd will never not chase cats.
chasing cats is one of my dogs favorite pass times. knowing i couldn't change this behavior, i decided to adapt to it. all you have to do is make sure there are plenty of places for your cat to hide and safe havens for your cat to escape to such as, underneath furniture, behind furnature ect. a "half" door to the cats room is also a big help. i am sure you can do this by your self. we have always found this entertaining. remember though training your gsd is key.
although i was unsuccessful with training not to chase, i do train for a "leave it" and "drop". both of which can stop a chase instantly and i feel can save a dogs life in other situations. i also delayed declawing so kyra could get swatted in the face a time or two so some respect could be established. now years later when one of our new terrier were brought home and chased the cat, if it appeared things were to rough or if my two jrts went into "prey drive" our kyra, a gsd, would let out a stern bark and all would stop.
although kyra has become somewhat protective, i still never let the dogs and cats have the run of the house when no one was home. also, a gsd is not fully mature until the age of at least 2. waiting only until he is a year old won't help much. i will suggest a pro-trainer familiar with gsd if you plan on using your e-collar. i also am one that believes pets are not disposable, and only in dire circumstances, loss of home, death or health reasons, should a pet be given up or destroyed. you can make this work.
i dislike long blocky posts, but my paragraphs do not show up when i submit them. sorry