|Barked: Thu Feb 14, '13 10:35pm PST |
I've had my dog for seven months now, and I'm just starting to really bond with her! In the first few weeks, I wanted to give her back constantly. In these last few weeks, she seems happier than ever.
While my dog doesn't have SA, she does have a problem with trying to play with my cats very much like what you described with your dog. I really think in my case anyway, it's play drive, not prey drive. I don't think you should let your pup loose with your kitties when you're gone.
One reason I'm doing doggie daycare is to try to get my dog to leave the cats alone more, but it hasn't solved the problem. She seems determined to make playmates out of them. Like you, I'm wondering if my dog wouldn't be happier in a situation with other dogs. She likes us, but she worships other dogs! I go back and forth about whether I want to get another dog, but need to finish Stella's training first either way.
By the way, I've seen my dog bite at the door of her crate. I don't think that's a sign of SA. It's a sign of a dog that wants out of her crate to hang with her people, or run around.
I hope your dog adjusts and stops pacing, and doesn't chase your cats. What does your vet think about all of this? Have you considered hiring a dog walker to interact with your dog on days she doesn't go to doggie daycare and you're not home?
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