You should never let the dogs out of your sight in the house when you have other animals or small children around.Originally Posted By: The_Passenger
I am going to keep the cat and keep trying to get the dogs to adjust. I have never let the cat out of my site when dogs are free, and he's always up on a shelf or the fridge or somewhere safe he likes to be. And when he gets down, I escort him and continue to order the dogs to leave it. They have chased the cat a few times but have always stopped dead in the tracks when I shout at them to leave it.
You are kinda going the right way, telling the dogs no, every single time (never do not do it) you see them even LOOK at the cat, say no. They will learn, BUT it will take months.
If they chase the cat, say NO, get the dog on the ground, lay partly on top of it for 60 seconds, let it struggle. After a month it will stop struggling, accepting that you're the boss, and will then lick your face submissively when it gets up.
You have less than 2 seconds to correct any dog action, after 2 seconds, don't even bother correcting it, as it won't know what you are talking about, its a distance memory.
I have 3 cats and one 6 month old GSD, the dog listens to me, when I say no, she stops even looking at the cat. Its almost to the point where she won't even go near a cat. I have a pet gate to the upstairs, so they always have a place of their own, half the house. This pet gate is still only a deterrent.
Black bears and raccoons outside, no thats a different matter . . .