(Closed) Just adopted a shelter dog… He keeps chasing our cat.

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 106
9130 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

CorvusCorax:  OK, so take him back to the (what I hope is a no-kill) shelter already – you’ve clearly made up your mind.  I’m confused about why this thread is still going??

Post # 107
2680 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

CorvusCorax:  if your dog craves social interaction and playtime with other dogs- I suggest taking him to a dog park or sending him to doggy daycare, rather than bringing another animal into your home.

Also, maybe spend some of the time you are wasting looking for validation on here- googling no-kill rescues that will take in senior dogs. 

Post # 109
2680 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

CorvusCorax:  if the SPCA you got him from is no kill and if you will definitely be returning him there, then why on page 6 did you ask 

Consultette:  for recommendations on rescues in your area that would take him?

If he will be safe there, return him to where you got him from, and be done with it. This whole thread is turning into an exercise in futility. 

That said, I don’t know why you took offense and were so quick to dismiss my suggestion of a dog park or doggie day care for socialization for your first dog?

Post # 110
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Is there some reason you can’t use a dog gate and keep them separated that way, without having to lock the cat into a room?  I feel so badly for this older dog.

Post # 113
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

So, why exactly haven’t you taken him back yet? Are you waiting for him to get settled and attached or what? You already said it’s not worth the risk to you, so take him back and let someone who’s willing to put in the time and effort adopt him.

Post # 115
46 posts
  • Wedding: November 2014

My greyhound once attacked our first schipperke puppy when he licked her ear. My fiancé hhad to pry him out of her mouth and she bit him afterwards, jumped on the bed, and peed on it. That was her first and only aggressive act. She got scared after being reprimanded for doing something very bad – and her anxiety went into overdrive (she had a lot of issues…she collapsed at the sight of people for a month at the rescue). She’s a sweet dog, but had a very strange reaction to what she considered to be a new threat in the household. Luckily, she learned from they one time that she couldn’t do that to any pet or person – and that she was not being displaced – and never did it again. They’re the best of friends now.

Fear and stress can display strangely sometimes. It’s unfortunate, but some dogs just react in ways we would not like to situations. A week is definitely not long enough to wrinkle out those issues, sadly. Some dogs may learn its not okay after one time, but most take a bit of training with “leave it.” And it may have been that the dog had been okay and not lunged at cats at the shelter, but something may have just set him off at your home. It’s hard to be in a new place. Especially for an older animal.

But if you can’t or won’t work with the dog, it’s likely bedt that they be returned so that your other dog doesn’t get too attached and there’s less likelihood of further incidents.

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