Bringing a 2.5 yr old male GSD home, how do I make sure my cats are safe?
Not sure if this in the right place...
Currently we have 3 cats (2 males, 1 female; ages 2-5 yrs) and our female GSD (she's 2.5 yrs). Our current gal was raised with the cats, and she is very gentle with them (she even snuggles with our little female cat). The other 2 cats don't really like her, but they co-exist, NEVER any fights.
We'll be adopting a male GSD in about a month or so. The breeder we are getting him from breeds/works her dogs (we go to obedience classes with her) and she won't be breeding with the male she is giving us (he is kind of 'shy'/'soft'). Our current gal LOVES him, they both adore each other. She used to have a cat as well (it was very old and passed away a few mths ago), so the dog has lived with a cat before. He tends to be 'sensitive'; catching him doing something bad once is generally enough to prevent him from doing it again.
I'm really concerned for my cats, I adore them (they're my husband's 'babies' haha). While I don't think he is going to attack them, how can I make sure everybody is kept safe? What sort of introductions should I have? I am planning on keeping him crated/the cats in the basement when we aren't home, but how will I know when I can trust him with them? Instead of a crate, would muzzling him all day be better?
Any suggestions would be great!