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ajnocera 05-14-2014 11:51 PM

Puppy stalking cat moved to puppy behavior
 
Hello,

This is my first post, although I've tried to find posts relating to my problem. My girl Keyna is 6 months old and has recently begun stalking my cat. I do not believe she is playing because she gets low to the ground and slowly walks towards the cat. She will even try to block off her path, and looks away from her (doesn't make eye contact at all). The cat is 12 years old and does not even defend herself when Keyna comes close. I am only worried that my pup will snap at her one of these times and am not sure how to fix this problem. Any suggestions? Has anyone had a similar problem?

Any help would be appreciated,

Alex

gsdsar 05-14-2014 11:54 PM

Put a leash on the puppy, the second you see her stalking, snap the leash and redirect her to you. Do NOT give her the opportunity to practice the stalking. It will lead to injury in your cat.


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Chip18 05-15-2014 09:48 AM

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ml#post5239610

Introducing a New Dog into a Home with other Dogs


"Never" allow the dog to chase the cat..."ever!" See links above. :)

wolfstraum 05-15-2014 10:34 AM

Stop the behavior. Reprimand the puppy verbally (for now!) enough to make her understand that this behavior is unacceptable. Escalate the reprimand if necessary until she is neutral to the cat.

I will not tolerate a cat aggressive dog....it won't live with me if I cannot trust it.

Lee

huntergreen 05-15-2014 12:16 PM

that is called prey drive. i have seen pro trainers not be able to fix this issue.

ajnocera 05-15-2014 01:18 PM

I have to agree with huntergreen. She is certainly in prey drive and does not respond to any reprimands; she knows she's not supposed to be doing it but it's like she can't help herself.

Chip18 05-15-2014 01:23 PM

Gonna say if you can't stop a "puppy" from chasing cats...your looking at a world of hurt with a GSD!

My background is cat rescue 5 dogs up to 19 ctas and 14 years and in all that time I have "never" had a single cat dog incident!

I'm not a pro but I know what works..."Dog never chases the cat ever!" Pretty much as simple as that it's a "law" not a "negotiation!"

Just saying:)

huntergreen 05-16-2014 10:01 AM

Chip, in some cases, you can not train out the extreme prey drive, much like you will never teach a dog not scratch itself.

Chip18 05-16-2014 11:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by huntergreen (Post 5525489)
Chip, in some cases, you can not train out the extreme prey drive, much like you will never teach a dog not scratch itself.

Well that sounds like a subject for another thread??

Not a pro here just a "pet person" :) but to me a "high prey" dog with no impulse control is useless??

I tell my dogs "Stay" and "Down"...they "Stay" and "Down!" They break that command... "whatever it is they were thinking about is gone" because there next thought is "Dad is coming!"

This is not a "hard dog" it's a puppy.
http://i58.tinypic.com/2irs1gi.jpg

Just saying. :)

bill 05-16-2014 11:55 AM

Agree Chip! Nip it in the bud. If you don't want the dog on the bed never let him up there the first time.

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