Diminishing prey drive - how would you do it
okay experts, I've already decided to bring in some professional help on this one because I am way out of my depth but since I love reading everyone's training techniques so much on this forum I thought I would ask how you guys might tackle our problem:
Gigi is our 10 and a half week old Working line GSD, bread and chosen by the breeder to be our family dog because she was the lowest Drive puppy in the group.
she is smart as a whip and doing well with basic training and obedience including potty, crate, and some basic commands like look at me, leave it, drop it, sit etc.
however, as some of you might know, we live with three Maine Coon cats. she has wanted to chase them from the very beginning and her prey drive has only escalated in the last 2 weeks. The cats consistently run away from her when there's nothing in between them, but they will gladly sit in the same room, go nose-to-nose across a window or Give her a sniff when she is in her crate. In those situations she is less reactive, but if she happens to encounter a cat with no barrier in between them she goes bananas and wants nothing more than to chase them.
Today I let her go pee outside and was working with her off leash on coming when called and just generally following me around and making eye contact. I got lazy and opened the door to go back inside before securing her leash. as the door opened there was a cat and there went Gigi full speed after the cat who ran as fast as it could into our bedroom and up to the top of the cat condo where Gigi sat at the bottom barking like a three-time champion IPO dog having just cornered a bad guy. impressive as it was, it was absolutely the total opposite of the behavior I'm trying for. I know as a puppy she's going to be curious and want to chase, but I can see her prey drive coming on exponentially over time and I really want to do everything I can to nip this in the bud as soon as possible. While I'm waiting to find the right pro and get them into my house to work with me, tell me how you might approach this problem!
As always, gratefully looking forward to your responses!