The dog should not be allowed to take one step towards the cats period. If she does, she gets a correction up to e-collar. A dog that stares at the cats for that long has some definite prey drive issues and I would not trust her to be alone with the cats, ever. That's what our breeder told us to do, as we have two cats and are bringing a pup home next weekend. (So take my advice with a grain of salt, since I'm a noobie.[IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.germanshepherds.com//forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/IMG])
Any physical correction does not work with her. We have issues with her thinking she is the boss. Water, citronella, a sharp leash correction, various training tools do not work. Her prey drive is strong.
Varian will look at the cats if they're playing and try to play too. He sometimes steps on them out of being a big dork who hasn't learned to control his limbs (he just turned a year and still is in that awkward phase of life lmao).
It's frustrating, as I've own shepherds, and sure they may try to you know herd the cats, kids, you, etc. But generally you can get their attention.
I will be watching this thread with great interest!
We have been doing cat training with Jaeger for 7 months and have tried three different trainers to help with this issue. She started at a level 10 intensity and is maybe down to a level 8 intensity after all this time. Citronella spray does not deter her, prong collar correction does not deter her, shock collar correction does not deter her, and treat praise for every time she looks away from the cats works only as long as there are treats. It also doesn't help that our cats are wusses and do not stand up to her.
We're still hopeful though and train almost every day to try and achieve peace in our household!
Yes that's our issue! She'll be a year come Halloween. Currently both dogs are crated except for outside exercise because she's in heat and we DONT want puppies. Poor Varian, she's such a flirt.
I do notice she gets really rough with him, and has gotten him on the nose. Once again it's a dominance thing. When she does she gets corrected immediately and the playing has to stop for a bit.
He eats first, usually with us since he's a very submissive boy and lives to hear "smart boy! Good boy!" And I can calm him down with "make cuddles not war!" Because he's a snuggle butt, and I've been saying that since he was a baby to help him calm down to nap when he was younger.
I'm worried we may have to give her to an experienced single dog owner, because she just is very...well very dominate. She has no recall despite all the recall games we've played. Varian always comes back, sometimes I need a sharp tone if he's carried away.
I know it sounds like favoritise him, he is "my" dog and my service dog. While she is my wife's dog. That being said Sylvanas has no respect for us. She'll crap in the house because she doesnt give a hoot (she knows she just has to let us know and we take her out immediately). Training has been so, so trying.
Don't get me wrong, Varian is flawed too. Being disabled he isn't as far along in training as I'd like. But he catches on quickly, and once she's out of season and his brains come back he's in for some doggy boot camp.
If you tell her no she'll bite at you, well snap at the air. She doesn't bite us, except in carried away play, which we help and say ow gentle! The things she WANTS to do she does well. But only if you bribe her.
But those **** cats. I won't give up our cats, and I don't want to give up on her! Would putting a cage muzzle on her help? I mean she still has giant clompers of feet (she's in the awkward phase of life too). Though, if we do muzzle her she acts all submissive and sorry. So we take it off after some time and she goes right back at it! Ugh. Strong willed dog? Yes!
If we get her spayed a bit early would it help our cause?