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Old 08-23-2018, 12:01 PM
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Angry New Dog wants to eat the cat! HELP

adopted Gabby, a 2 yr old terrier mix (pit) who seems to have adjusted wonderfully into our home so far, gets along fantastically with our 10 yr old cattle dog as well as our sons elkhound/datsun 2 yr old. However, she goes on the prowl for the 1 yr old cat who's been inprisioned in our daughter's room since we brought Gabby home. Gabby has managed to get passed the gate and into that room on several occassions causing the cat to be petrified. Not ok. We gradually put both scents out so both animals could get accustomed and today we thought we'd give introductions a try and 3 times the dog bit at the cat's tail. Now the cat ran into the basement and is hiding to the point I can't find him to bring him back into his / our daughter's room where his food/water/litter is. I specifically asked the rescue if Gabby was good with cats. What do we do. We have never had a problem with a dog wanting to bite one of our cats. We've had them hiss at each other, ignore each other and absolutely play with each other but never bite. Can this breed be trained differently or is this a lost cause. Vet visit isn't until Wednesday. Please help.
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Oh wow, sorry to hear this.

Rescues often have resources available for these kind of issues, my first port of call would be to them to ask what the options are.

Training this out of a dog can be super hard and take a long time even with the help of a professional, I would not fault you for not wanting to take this project on and sending the dog back as not a good fit.

Here's a good post on the issue.
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Thanks, that was a good article. I'm reading 50/50 on whether a dog can be trained to ignore it's prey drive within the home. I'm skeptical and very sad. Very sad. My husband and I are very on the fence. My nephew's exwife works for a rescue and is very involved in fostering both cats and dogs and tells me I can do this, I can train them to cohabitate. This dog is so beautiful, lovable, etc and today I'm finding myself detatching from her for fear of having to give her back to the shelter and for fear of her hurting/killing our cat. What a sucky situation. I would love if other members can also give me feedback. I'm very upset and torn.
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I remember how hard that is, we seriously considered giving Echo up as puppy and it was awful to go through. Good luck and I wish you well no matter what option you go with.
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Keep the dog on a leash in the house at all times and teach a very solid leave it command. Try to keep his attention so that he sits calmly and stays with you even when your cat walks by or is in the room. This isn't an easy instant process but takes a while. The key is patience and consistency. He can't ever once get loose to chase or bother the cat because that's a reward to him.
I had an Akita pitbull mix for almost twelve years that lived in a city apartment with me and up to seven cats at one time. I trained him to never harass them and also stopped his resource guarding to where he and the cats could all sit around me if I was eating steak or had treats and he'd stay still while I tossed a treat on the floor in front of him and let a cat take it from right in front of his nose without a move or sound and wait his turn. If he didn't wait or bothered a cat he'd get sent to his room with no treats at all that day.

I also could have him loose with perfect recall and have him run along for hours and miles in a large state forest while I rode my horse fast. He'd run and jump everything we did and never leave our side except to chase off coyotes or predators. I could call him off a deer or squirrel or coyote in mid leap while I was on the horse and he'd turn in mid air and race back to me.
Taught my current dog to stop chasing my horses, and stop knocking down people on the leash every time he saw a rabbit, squirrel or rat. He also never harasses my cats or any cats. Shelter said he had a high prey drive and didn't want to let me adopt him but he's now buddies with the cats.
So in my experience it can be done, you just have to be very firm and very consistent with the dog and make it very clear that this behavior is one thousand percent unacceptable and will need NEVER be allowed I'd keep the dog on a leash 24/7 in the house until it shows absolutely no interest in the cat. I'd also never leave it alone with the cat just to be cautious but always separate when you're not home.
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