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08-17-2014 03:21 AM
KZoppa I havent read all the responses but this is a dog I would definitely rehome. My cats are family and do good with the dogs. A dog trying to get at them or reacting the way you are describing is not only throwing off the harmony in the house, but it's causing extreme stress to your cats. A cat severely stressed can actually develop health issues related to stress. Been there. Lived it. My sister in laws cat developed bladder stones and we didnt know about it until it was too late. He was stressed by the new animals in the house at the time.

Some dogs just cant be around cats. You are putting your cats at risk by keeping him.
08-16-2014 01:02 PM
Blanketback OP, what other corrections have you used besides spraying water at your dog? I know you say you don't want to use heavy corrections, and I'm not suggesting that you alpha roll your dog or get all crazy on him, lol - but IMO, the crating and spritzing him may just be antagonizing him, and the crated cat could have just been teasing him. Have you ever directly told him that his behavior was unacceptable?
08-16-2014 11:44 AM
Originally Posted by gsdsar View Post
My honest opinion is to return the dog to the rescue. This is very unsafe situation. I have done a lot if rescue/rehab work. And have reformed some dogs, to the cats, but none ever had the violent reactions it sounds like your dog is having.

I would never trust this dog with the cats.

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I wouldn't either.

I also adopted a dog - for 3 days - who spent the entire time trying to get and kill my cat. Tried to climb the bannister; my cat spent the whole time in the back of a closet. This is a dog savvy cat, who probably thinks of herself as more dog, having been raised by my dog since she was 4 weeks old.

There was a total level of predatory desire in that dog that I have not seen since in almost 40 foster dogs in almost 12 years, to get to and kill my cat. When I asked the foster if she was okay with other prey type animals she said oh wait, she's pulled things off our house trying to get chipmunks. Well, duh. I was ticked.

I was not willing to invest the time - dangerous for my cat while it was ongoing - or type of training that would be necessary to try to make this dog not kill my cat, when that was her nature. It wasn't fair to her, and it was most certainly not fair to my cat who was there first, and was outgunned by 60#.

There will be a nice no cat home for that dog, and you can find a dog who will enjoy and be as safe as a dog can be, with yours.
08-16-2014 11:37 AM
llombardo The other day Midnite cornered the cat on the stairs. I got there and all he was doing was watching the cat, which I don't normally allow but it gave me time to get there. Well the cat decided to take the dog on and it almost went south real fast for the cat. Needless to say I wasn't happy with either of them but Midnite got reprimanded heavily, since I can't make the cat realize he is the bigger problem. For the last few days now when the cats are in his view I only have to look at him or tell him let it go. Midnite definitely doesn't want to feel my wrath again and walks away huffing and puffing. I have been nice and positive and it works most of the time, but now I'm not being nice anymore, Midnite will not win this battle.
08-16-2014 11:21 AM
Originally Posted by Chip18 View Post
Or you could also go the E collar route with proper instruction! It would be a lot faster! Don't know how that works in the long run though??
I have no personal experience using electronic collars, but some good friends solved a cat issue using one. The rottweiler wanted to hunt and kill cats, and in a pretty short amount of time, they fixed it. He came to believe cats possessed the lightening bolts of Jupiter and won't go near them.

I do think you need to work with someone who can teach how to use such a tool, though. You can cause problems you didn't meant to by using it incorrectly.

Have you called the rescue for support and advice? A good rescue should be there for you post-adoption.
08-16-2014 10:57 AM
carmspack how are your older two dogs reacting to the tension that Magnus has brought into the house?
Sounds like there was some harmony before . Have to be fair to them as well , especially at that age.

Sounds like you will have to be on guard anytime you are out with the dog , prepared to have a cat cross your path or come into view (on a porch or such) and Magnus will spring into action.
08-16-2014 06:44 AM
zetti Cats are perceived as prey animals by some GSDs, it's not a matter of "hate". It's natural prey instinct.
08-16-2014 03:49 AM
GSD Hates Cats

My male GSD hates cats with a vengeance. Luckily I do not keep any. If he caught one he would kill it I'm sure. I have to make sure he's on his chain in the garden and walk him in cat free zones only.
He also had the same reaction to a neighbour's guinea pigs when she took them into her garden - he went berserk and was trying his best to get at them. It was horrible.
Cats, rodents and small dogs set him off big time.
06-22-2014 01:47 PM
Chip18 Take a look at this also:
I just got a rescued dog – what do I do? | stickydogblog

Forming a bond will make everything easier. Keep the cats safe.

And this;
A Great Small And Lightweight Nylon Mesh Muzzle

I used it on Rocky my GSD to deal with his "people issues" it never seemed to come into play, as far as I could tell?? But I have found out that using a muzzle can change a dogs mind set..."I can't bite/defend so I best not act like a fool??

Also going to say I am not a fan of "holding" cats in the presence of unstable/excited dogs! I did that with a feral and it did not work out to well for me! Cat bit through my finger nail, got infected! ICU and tons of IV's followed!

But yes you have two issues to work on forming a bond and the cats! Form the bond first and the rest "might" fall into place with little effort??

Or you could also go the E collar route with proper instruction! It would be a lot faster! Don't know how that works in the long run though??

In any case the "just got a rescue" or the leerburgh essay, I would see as the first step.

Oh and Ed Farley DVD's can be found here:
It works like Netflix Dog DVD Rentals | Dog Training Dvd | Dog Dvds | Rent Dog Videos

E collar stuff I would start here again not saying do this but it is an option after the ground work is done on your relationship with the new guy and after two weeks..who knows may not be needed??:
How To...

Slow and steady keep everybody safe!
06-22-2014 10:38 AM
LoveSea And to add that the turning point was when Rocky started barking at our cat who rules the house & she gave him a long hard swipe across the nose & he backed off. She won!
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