Looking for advice on cat chasing
We have two cats who aren't sure about the new addition to our family. The older cat is very familiar with GSDs while the younger one was only around one when he was a kitten (happened to be when our previous dog passed and we waited a year for a new puppy). Dio is only 10 weeks old at the moment, but is completely obsessed with them. My ultimate goal is to just desensitize the puppy so all the animals can be happy.
We do not let the puppy upstairs so the cats are able to have a safe place. Dio will sit at the bottom of the stairs and just watch them! The cats come down to the first floor at some points in the day and check out the puppy, but he makes them very nervous. During their short introductions, we restrain the dog on his leash. If we let him get close to the cats, the puppy is on his best behavior, but as soon as we hold him back (don't want the cats to have a chance to take a swipe) he will sit there and bark and whine. The cats, as expected, hate this and go running. Naturally, Dio wants to chase. We've been working on redirecting Dio's attention, but the cats are just so interesting its hard!
I know Dio is just a puppy and everything is exciting, but I feel so guilty at how disruptive he is to the cats' lives. If anyone has advice or previous stories on how they worked through this situation, I'd love to hear. Thank you!!