Agree with MRL.
I understand what you're saying...but you can't really expect him to provide protection until he is older anyway...Right now he's all about himself. Deterrence and barking is about you can hope for at this point...
So I would say that the more important part of what you need to be doing right now is housebreaking your dog. And I don't mean potty training. I mean teaching him to live in the house without destroying it...and the only way you can expect to achieve this is through supervision. So Crate that puppy when you can't watch him. Teach him the appropriate things to chew. You can only give a correction if he is IN the ACT of chewing on what you don't want.
As far as the cats...that's another area that to my mind would require supervision and boundaries. I don't know your dog or your cat and it might be fine...but if he's just getting frustrated and keeps going back...well eventually he's going to get a lot more agile and the places they go might go to hide from the dog might become accessible. He might discover that cats taste like chicken. I would again teach him how you want him to behave around the cats. And once he's trustworthy about leaving them and understands they're part of your pack I wouldn't worry so much.
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