why if u researched the breed would you get a jrt if u loved ur cats so much ur most likely going to have to choose between ur cats or that dogs hi think in the end a simple no isnt goin to work in my opionion
Oh, it can be done. With dog training you get out, what you put into it...We started our pups young and they like the cats and the cats will go up to them. I can have BOTH of them on my lap. There is no tension there. They play and chase each other, as well.
And I own terriers.
But it takes alot of work and patience. You could do it right now, if you are willing to put forth alot of effort to work with them girlie....
I have the same set up icy has....cats are living in the den area and certain room has a gate which they can jump over or they can go down in the basement when they have had enough and wish to get away...for some reason, the dogs wont go down 3 steps into the basement.
My dogs are resricted to certain areas of the house. They are not allowed down the hall way towards the bathroom, spare bedroom (kitty room) and computer room. From the first day we got them we have not allowed them down that hall and now they are not even curious and won't even try. We don't even need to use a baby gate. They are also not allowed into the middle of the living room. We feed the kitty seperate (in her room) have her bed down there, etc, so she also does not have to be bothered and has a get away from the dogs.
I think you need to practice leadership exercises with Diesel so he knows his place better. You can never just not follow the leadership exercises at one point because you think he knows. These are rules that need to stay in place always for him to always know his place. It makes for a happier dog, and should also help you teach him that he is not allowed to tease the cat.
***Edited By: dogsareme on 4/1/2006 4:57:35 PM*** Reason: ..
I'm confused about the "kinda fun being bashed" comment. No one here is bashing you, some are just stating a fact that it appears you are on the forum posting about every little thing your JRT does wrong, then he magically redeems himslef and all is well until the next time. All I know is that it took longer than a day for my dogs & cats to get along and find thier "groove", and even now they will get on each others' nerves, which is why there are separate areas in the house for each of them when they want quiet time. Good luck to you.
You said you could handle the critisizm. Well this is constructive critisizm. It is ment to help, not offend. You asked, I'm offering.
Do you even know what leadership exercises are? It keeps the dog comfortable, will help prevent seperation anxiety, lets the dog know his place with you and other people who come to visit, it helps him not to question (challenge) your actions as a leader. Consistency and a leader keeps dogs happy. Its nothing mean at all.
If you don't want to hear what people think, please don't ask.
Also when people type, and you don't actually know the person or there personality, sometimes things can sound meaner then the person has intended.
Five bucks say's next weeks crisis will be that her boyfriend is dumping her AND taking the big tom cat and she needs to know how to cure Diesel from barking when he's left outside for 8 hrs and how to get little tom cat to stop "spraying" in the house.
I stopped watching my soap opera's becaue there's enough drama on this site for my fill.
Maybe you can put him in a home with no other dogs/cats. Diseal probably likes to be a "only child".
I do not like the idea of you leaving him outside to get away from the cats. That is no life for a dog. He will be happy in a home with human contact, maybe in a friends home or family member's where you can visit him? http://www.whichdogbreeds.com/