|11-04-2013 08:23 AM|
some interesting Ideas here we are having this problem at home Draven is 16 months now and he will not let any cat up stairs he sits by the basement stairs and a low growl comes out of his throat if one of the cats tries to come up and when he see's one he barks which scares the cats.
Some of the hints of "Feeding" the cats while the dog is in the room are interesting but the dog barking the cats are GONE ... so it wouldn't help us.
Draven (My GSD) is corrected everytime he growls or barks at the cats he just doesn't seem to care what we say.
This is the only poor behavior from the dog, he loves people, loves kids, and is a general goof ball that's fun to be around... toss a cat into the mix though and its litterly like the Cats vs Dog movie... its like he's protecting us from them, even though I'll walk around the house with my 13 year old Cat in my arms, and correct him everytime he barks etc I can't break this habit ... it sucks for the cats who basically live alone downstairs minus when we lock the dog away and let the cats have some social time.
|10-28-2013 11:08 AM|
I'm going through the same problem with bane!! Taz (our Himalayan) has been here since we got bane and he still chases him. Taz usually runs up the stairs because he knows he won't follow (time out area is up there). He usually listens to me when I tell him no and go get your toy, but that's getting tiring. I'm hoping as he gets older he settles down more, he's only 7 months. I'm hoping to get some ideas as well!!
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|10-28-2013 10:58 AM|
Our dogs ALL do great with no distractions, on leash and in the house. Most of us are AMAZING dog trainers until/except/suddenly ..... when we have an issue.
Almost all our dogs LOOSE THEIR MINDS when 'distractions' are involved. Which a dog class packed full of new crazy untrained dogs, and nervous people, puts in place.
Classes start on leash and once the dogs appear to understand and be listening them more advanced classes unclick those leashes. Then one person will play ball with their dog running past all the other dogs that have to stay. Or the instructor just rolls a ball past all the unleashed dogs that have to stay.... or or or or or
Until you actually find a good set of dog classes and start attending, it's hard to realize what an amazing benefit they are to you and your dog.
|10-28-2013 10:55 AM|
|Galathiel||I was on my 'cute little puppy' immediately because I knew how big he would be. He came home weighing more than my cat (7 lb Persian). However, at 6 months old, he's STILL obsessed with the cat and I'm on him every day..exhausting. You can never let him chase it. My cat is not very helpful, she comes inside the babygated area and lies down and expects me to run interference, which I have to do constantly hehe. So he gets lots of practice in leave it and redirection to a toy. I'm worn out!|
|10-28-2013 10:44 AM|
|Bridget||Heidi chases some of my cats, the ones who run from her. She leaves the ones who don't run alone; not sure why the cats can't "get" this. She has never hurt a cat, but she corners them if she can and scares them. I don't have any advice, as I have the similar problem. But when I get a new GSD puppy, I will be all over him/her the FIRST time it happens. I think that is where we went wrong. It was just so damned cute to see this tiny ball of fur chasing a cat twice as big as she was and she wasn't able to hurt them anyway, so we didn't solve it right away.|
|10-28-2013 02:43 AM|
|llombardo||Thank you. It takes work with cats. mine never seen a cat in his life and I brought him home to five of them. I don't give mine tennis balls , I would go broke buying them. They have those orbee and jolly balls, they haven't destroyed one yet. My male likes squeezing them so he can hear the air.|
|10-27-2013 09:30 PM|
What a handsome boy you have My last GSD, Thor, would do that. Just pick up a ball and chew on it. Liked to do that with stuffed toys too and sometimes he'd whine while doing it. Lars doesn't really do that. He'll run carrying the ball to get you to play with him but after I stopped letting him have tennis balls (which I'm sure you know they destroy quickly lol), he doesn't really just hold the ball and chew on it. I do have numerous bones around the house for him to gnaw on though (which was a lifesaver when he teethed)
I tried an experiment tonight where I brought the dog-loving cat into the computer room with Lars and a bag of treats and did some training with them both in the room together. At first Lars nipped at the cat a couple times (but did not try to wrap his entire mouth around him) but then he pretty much forgot he was there. So distracting him does work in close proximity but had I been in the living room where the cat or one of the other dogs could have ran it likely would have been a different story.
|10-27-2013 08:51 PM|
|10-27-2013 08:34 PM|
|Bearskjold||He loves ball, but I generally take him outside by himself to play so nobody else gets hurt. I have 2 Norwegian Lundehunds also and one of them likes to play ball also. I learned awhile back not to play with them together because Lars will grab the Lundehund if he manages to get the ball first. The same thing would happen if I tried it in the house and my goal is to protect both the cats AND my other dogs. (not sure why my original subject was modified to just say cats...)|
|10-27-2013 08:13 PM|
|llombardo||Does he like balls? I used a ball quite effectively for my male when he chased the cats. The ball, leave it, and some group obedience did the trick. Anytime he is chasing the cats or bothering the other dogs and he doesn't have his ball I tell him to get it and he does.|
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