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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-09-2010, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Cats around a Schutzhund dog?

My two cats love dogs so I just want to make sure the dog I bring home will love them back!

Am I courting disaster if I bring home a dog that shows the kind of high drive desirable in a Schutzhund prospect? Do any of you have cats or other small non-canine furry animals that live harmoniously with your Schutzhund GSD?

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I have two cats, the dogs are fine with them. But my cats aren't the type to wander the house, they stay upstairs mostly. I would love to have a kitty that acted more social.

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No cats, but I have two hens who are perfectly fine and alive. Drives are one thing, boundaries are other. Diabla was not raised with other animals, was even encouraged to chase cats away, but had no problem respecting my roommate cat in the past. The day the hens arrived she chased them, then I said No! once and it was the end of the story. Now she has perfectly clear that the hens are part of the pack and no feathered tug toys.

There are some birds of prey around (too small to take away an almost adult hen, but chickens are... chicken) and the girls only venture far from their house if Diabla is around in the yard.

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correct me if I am wrong but i would be worried more about a dog that is not schutzhund. By obtaining these credentials it is saying that your dog is well disciplined and smart along with having high drive. Also from the very little I have been around shutzhund dogs the aggression did not start till they saw the sleeve. I can't speak from experience because I don't have a shutzhund (yet fingers crossed) and I will never ever own a cat (greatly dislike).
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I am doing shutzhund with my dogs, they are crazy for our cat but they no better and listen well when I tell them to leave ms Luna alone..it does take some training but even a dog with a high prey drive can learn to respect some boundries.

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I have three cats and do not let them mix with my SchH dog but it was a problem before he ever started SchH. Right now all the cats are living in the basement b/c I'm dealing with one who was marking, but otherwise there is a cat door so they have free reign at night but stay in the basement when the dogs are out. Sometimes if it's nice I put a litter box out on the porch and shut them out there for a while. They are all OK with my other two dogs but these dogs have never shown any interest in them. I don't think it has anything to do with SchH, it's just the way my third dog is. It would be the same living arrangement if we quit SchH tomorrow and like I said, he was fixating on cats long before we got serious about SchH.
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I have a 17.5 yo cat who has lived with all kinds of dogs. Currently I have a mal x gsd who is very high drive and he is an absolute angel with my cat. She sleeps with him, grooms him, etc.

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It makes absolutely no difference if the dog is a high drive dog or not; what matters is if the dog is cat safe or not. Drive level and being cat safe are not related; a low drive, couch potato dog can just as well be non-cat safe. This is an individual dog thing and not a drive thing.

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