I have a german shepard i adopted from a shelter, shes beautiful ad wonderful around all the kids, but they said she got along with cats. And to date she has killed 3 of my cats because they escaped out a window someone left open. The last cat shes killed was my 8 mth old kitten i saved from her own mother, she was more a kid than a kitten. I dont want to get rid of my dog is there anyway to train her to get along with the cats? My son saw her kill the last cat and I cant have them upset all the time. And I adopted her for the kids to play with and to gaurd my house, plus she was a white shepard. Any help would be wonderful. p.s. the cats love to play with dogs, thats why they try to get outside.
Unfortunately, prey drive cannot be trained out of a dog once it reaches a certain point. Prey drive is also a very rewarding behavior for the dog. Everytime it catches a cat it feels rewarded. If it is young enough you might be able to turn the behavior around but if it is an adult there is probably nothing you can do at this point, just keep the dog away from the cats and don't allow it to chase them.
OH no!!! I am sorry to hear about your kitties! I am adopting a german shepherd mix in a couple weeks from a shelter. He will only be about 10 weeks old or so, but i have 2 cats already. Do you think he will do the same thing to my cats when he gets older? Or since he will be a baby when we get him maybe he won't go after the cats since he had been around them?
This may sound cold, but when it comes to outside behaviors, I find that my dogs tend to more instinctual in their behaviors. I would trust any of my dogs inside with a cat or small animal, but not outside. Not even my boyfriends ShihTzu because most of my dogs have intense preydrive.
Inside, that just takes time and training for tehm to learn to control themselves correctly.
Thanks for everyone that answered, for now Star is going a friends house where she needs a dog to guard her house. Star is almost 5 yrs old, I think she is to old to retrain. Once I move to Idaho her prey drive will come in handy, but I also plan on building an outdoor area for my cats so they can be outdoors and be safe