|Barked: Thu Feb 14, '13 11:15pm PST |
|Hello! I'm working on Stella's training and hoping this will have some impact on Stella's cat chasing/teasing behavior. I know that no amount of training can make Stella not interested in my cats, but I'm told that we can get her to the point where she'll stop and listen to our commands in the middle of messing with the cats. I'll believe this when I see it. Right now, if she's focused on the cats, she ignores us.
Stella just turned one, and has very high energy. She's 60 pounds, and most people who meet her lately think she's a Schnoodle. She's not a snuggler, but she does enjoy petting and will let me hug her. She wants her personal space though (not a lap dog)!
She deeply adores all dogs, and came from a rescue where she was fostered with other dogs. She's in love with the neighbor's dog, but the neighbor only wants her to play with her dog when he needs a bath as she says that Stella's slobber makes her dog stink. Stella goes to doggie daycare twice a week, where she's very popular. I'm told she never rests the whole time she's there. She gets one to two walks a day and play time.
Stella is tired after daycare, but she still gets in her cat annoying for the night. Amazing. I know this isn't prey drive. She jumps up and wags her tail. Other times, she'll run into the house from a potty break and immediately start chasing the cats. This scares them very badly. Whether or not it's play drive doesn't matter. The cats don't like it.
I don't want to have to control Stella with a leash in the house, but that's the only way to have peace if the cats and dogs are out at the same time. And it's annoying to have to constantly correct her. This has been going on for about seven months, so I'm thinking it's not going to stop soon. Stella will leave the cats alone if she has a frozen treat or rawhide, puzzle ball with treats, etc. to eat, but these things only last so long.
So, my question is whether adding another dog will redirect Stella's interest away from the cats. Of course, this would have to be a cat-friendly dog that loves to play with other dogs! Any suggestions on breeds/age if I go the second dog route?
I work from home, and I'm willing to get another dog if this will solve the problem. If I don't get another dog, I'll end up spending much more on doggie daycare than I'd prefer, that is, unless I can find another neighborhood dog that can play with Stella more often. Dog parks are out of the question.
I have also considered agility training as a way to tire her out, but right now I'm still working on commands she needs to get down first. She obeys for treats, but not with distractions. I have my doubts about agility training having an impact on Stella's interest in the cats. I feel like she has a deep need to connect with other dogs. It's almost like she's trying to make my two cats substitute dogs. Maybe it's all in my head. Any thoughts?
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