08-24-2018, 04:28 AM
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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.