Need Advice adopted GSD and Housecat problems..
Hello folks, I recently adopted a GSD through this forum, actually, and she has made leaps and bounds of improvement in only 10 days. I have one area of great importance that I am not able to make any breakthroughs, unfortunately.
I have an indoor only cat. He is kind of wimpy and is terrified of the new dog. This dog seems to have a very high prey drive and loves to chase any sort of critter, birds, lizards, bugs, rodents, squirrels and rabbits. She actually caught a rabbit 3 days ago and it screamed and thrashed (so sad!) and it startled her so she let it go.
I have tried to have the new dog on a leash with the cat in the room and the dog goes crazy, jumping , whining, lunging. I have tried to have the cat in crate in the room and the dog is just as obsessed. I tried to hold the cat in my arms and dog tore a good sized hole in the screen door trying to get the cat. uugh.
I am working on commands such as "leave it", but when it comes to small animals I am unable to re-direct the dogs attention. Her focus is intense.
The cat is actually my daughter pet, and it is her "baby". If anything were to happen her cat because I wanted to add another dog to the household, I would feel like a selfish and horrible parent!
If anyone has had any experience in this department I would be glad for any advice!
Thanks so much! ~Gia~
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