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Old 06-16-2009, 05:08 PM
 
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Got a 2nd GSD, older fellow a few months ago. He has obedience training and always listens to whatever we say unless the cat is around. He completely ignores our commands. When the cat is loose, he charges after it, and bit her a few times. Even if we hold him down he desperately tries to get up. His favorite toys and treats are no match when the feline is out and about. We generally keep the cat in the bedroom with the door closed when he's inside. My question is, can I "de-program" him to get along with the cat?
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Old 06-16-2009, 05:14 PM
 
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I would seek a professional trainer in this case. He has actually bitten her, so I think that trying to train him and ensure the cat's safety at the same time is going to be difficult. I am sure that you can break him of the habit but this one should be handled by a pro.
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:36 PM
 
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I would seek a professional trainer in this case. He has actually bitten her, so I think that trying to train him and ensure the cat's safety at the same time is going to be difficult. I am sure that you can break him of the habit but this one should be handled by a pro.
Whole heartly agree on this one!
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:02 PM
 
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Ok, thanks!
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Old 06-17-2009, 02:56 PM
 
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I'm with the others.

And your dog is not aggressively biting the cat. A GSD that is cat aggressive would have had the cat in a few pieces in one bite. The dog hasn't been properly trained and sees the cat as a cool toy. Probably has a high prey drive. If you don't get someone in fast you will probably wind up with an injured or dead cat.

In the meantime set up an area of the house the cat can get to that the dog can't so it can escape and don't leave them alone unattended.
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:49 PM
 
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I have a very prey driven GSD. Got her trained no to bother the cats with me around but there was never one point in time when I felt I could completely trust her.

Fortunately the cats were my daughters and as soon as she and her husband bought their first house, they took them like they promised. I would not always count on the cat being fast enough to escape.
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Old 06-17-2009, 05:30 PM
 
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Take a look at the most recent Whole Dog Journal - there's an ENTIRE article on getting your dog better behaved around cats!
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Old 06-17-2009, 06:35 PM
 
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Take a look at the most recent Whole Dog Journal - there's an ENTIRE article on getting your dog better behaved around cats!
Where can I find this magazine? Thanks everyone...
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Old 06-17-2009, 06:37 PM
 
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You can subscribe online: The Whole Dog Journal | Dog Food Reviews - Dog Care - Dog Training
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:13 PM
 
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German Shepherds are notorious for wanting to eat cats, most shelters will not place them in a home where there is a cat, ever notice the rules? Their prey drive is so strong.
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