Have you taken him to any obedience classes? Are you sure he just wasnt playing? My 1.5 Mini Schnauzer still plays rough with the cats, though they're used to her by now. Are you crate training? Is he neutered??
Was he playing? If not I have 2 dogs that would love to kill my cat.One has attacked him before.Dont get rid of him for such a small thing that is fixable!!!Get your dog on a leash and if he starts any aggression correct ihm.I use the leash and the vinegar and I spray them right in the face if they get too focused.Or whjine,bark,lunge.You want to gget him where he wont look at the cat.My dogs know its not acceptable to chase our cat but any other cat they can.they do know the difference.Get him nuetered and its time for training classes.Dont let him get away with it.Use vinegar or water if you think that will work.
***Edited By: cockerlover on 12/19/2005 6:59:53 PM*** Reason: add
Some breeds have a high prey drive, Jacks are one of them, while its very upsetting its normal behavior in a puppy as he tests his limits and matures. You have to teach him whats acceptable and whats not, what he becomes is based on how you handle the situation. Some dogs can never be trusted with cats or any small animals. You need to make it very clear that touching the cat is a major no-no, and work on basic obedience so that you can control Diesels instinctive behavior better. I had a dog that hated cats, but knew she couldn't touch ours, but was allowed to chase roving cats to the edge of our yard. She would sprint right past our cat to get to the intruding cat, and then was pleased as punch that she had ousted the interloper. Diesel needs to be taught right from wrong, 5 months he's just a baby.
I'm located in Beamsville ON. He is in obedience and no I'm SURE he wasn't playing. His intention was to get the cat away from him. I'm not going to risk him hurting my cats. I have had them for years and I love them a lot more. Diesel is a GREAT dog but not sutible for small animals I don't think.
Instead of getting rid of him for just one incident, prevent it from happening again. Get him professionally trained, train him yourself, or simply seperate them for now. Remember he's still a puppy, and puppies require time and effort.
How do you know yet if he is not suitable to be around cats? He's just a puppy and that's how puppies behave. They bite and nip until their owner teaches them it is wrong. It's up to you.
No offense, but if you're ready to give up on your puppy this soon then dog ownership is probably not for you. Dogs take much more work than cats. Please don't dump him off at the shelter. Give him to a responsible person or surrender him to a no-kill shelter.
***Edited By: Cinnaeve on 12/19/2005 7:15:35 PM*** Reason: edit
I agree. When we had Merlin here(foster dog) he HATED cats. It was a maintenance and training issue and he still hated cats but he learned how to behave around them. I think you are jumping way too fast into getting rid of him. Take him to training and actually WORK with him. Teach him the "Leave it" command. My dogs would LOVE to do alot of things that would destroy my house, and I can GUARANTEE that they would love to chase my cats but even my pup has been taught that he is NOT ALLOWED to, Have you seen my pictures of Asha and Dudley? Asha is my cat and Duds was my hamster, I "Trained" Asha and Tiocy(our other cat) to be nice to Dudley. Asha was a VERY avid hunter and brought in all sorts of nice "presents" for me, but when Dudley got out of his cage and was running around my house for 2 days alone, although she found him, she never hurt him. She still hunts but she doesn't catch anything that looks like Dudley! LOL My point is, if I can train my hunter cat to leave my hamster alone, I think you can do the same to your dog. Give him a chance and train him.
Cinna if the dog is seperated he will never learn from his mistakes.He ahs to get over it.Its not his businesss to hurt the other family members.
Like I said Diesel dont give up he can get along with other animals.He is a terrier btu I ahve fostered many terriers and all wnated to kill my cat and they learned that if they dare do it they were in for some big doo doo.
Get you a spray bottle put the dog on a leash and spray him with water or vinehar if he starts any aggression or wnating to chase or even getting too focued on them.
Keep diesel on a leash when your cats are around until youc an teach him the cats are off limit. If you have to leave, crate Diesel in a room and shut him in away from the cats so that they can't tease him in the crate.
cockerlover, I just meant for now, until Diesel decides what to do. Also, during the training process if the dog shows aggression towards the cats he could be reprimanded and then excluded/seperated. My dogs absoultely hate to be put in "exile" or "time out" bc they feel they are missing out on something! lol That's a form of punishment too.
My dogs, especially Cinnamon, hate to be put in time out. I usually scold the offender and then put them in my bedroom for 30 min to an hour. I think that has more of an effect than yelling or crating. To be away from their owner is the worst punishment. I guess this is bc both my dogs probably have some degree of seperation anxiety. lol
When we got Emmie ( havanese ), I think our cat was the first she had ever seen. She went nuts, barking and chasing the cat. Between Missy slapping Emmie ( she has her claws ) and me getting after Emmie, she has learned to leave the cat alone. If Emmie even looks at the cat, I tell her NO kitty! and she does not persue. I was, however, told by a breeder not to get a JRT if I have a cat because they have a very high prey instinct and can't be trusted with them. Before you give up on your JRT, try training him to leave the cats alone. I would make 100% sure the cats are never left alone with Diesel. I wish you luck with this, I love my cat too and wouldn't want anything to hurt her. Diesel is young enough to adjust to a new family if need be, please find him a good home if this can't be resolved. He is just acting on instinct.