Hi all! I'm new to the forum and I'm sure this question has been asked before but there's so much great content here that I keep going down different rabbit holes
My husband and I have a 4.5 yo German Shepard named Loki. Loki is a great dog who wants nothing more than to make you happy. When Loki came to live with us as a puppy, we had an older dog named Max and a cat named Butler. Butler hated dogs and while he never attacked either dog, he would hiss, spit, and taunt them. So I guess its safe to say that Loki's first relationship with a cat was not a positive experience. Long story short, Loki killed Butler one night. I don't know if it was an act of aggression or if Loki was playing and not realizing the damage he was doing. Either way, it was devastating. I'd had Butler for a long time. Loki was about 2 years old at the time.
Since then, more cats have come into our lives. Over the past two years, we've had two stray cats show up on our porch starving and desperate for shelter and we could not turn them away. We've since adopted these two cats (had them spayed, neutered, chipped, etc.). Very recently, my husband and I have moved out to the countryside and we have 8 acres of land. One of the adopted strays is an indoor/outdoor cat and the other is outdoor only. Loki has seen these cats on a regular basis at our old house and they have met him too (though they prefer their own personal space). We've worked very hard with Loki to establish positive relationships with these cats but its still a work in progress. My husband and I are working to make sure all of our pets are adjusting to the move and I'm working to familiarize the cats with the outdoor setting here. Loki is on an underground fence so obviously their territories overlap.
My question is this: Are there any suggestions for establishing a positive relationship between Loki and the cats? When I've had either cat outside, I do not like the way Loki is looking at them. Intense stare, ears up, forward posture. I'm terrified of the same thing happening again. Loki has not had a negative experience with either cat. Any advice will be so appreciated! Thank you!