with my cats. The situation seems unsolvable. More inside.
I picked up a new 1 yr-old, mostly spaniel dog at the shelter yesterday. The staff thought she was very timid and quiet, and I thought she'd be good with my four cats. She's not timid at all.
But here's the main problem: She has very serious hunting instincts. When she sees a small animal she either crouches and springs, or she does her pointer imitation: her front paw lifts up, her head sticks straight foreward and her tail straight back, then she curls her lips open only at the back of her mouth, growls deeply, and gets ready to shoot forward like cannonshot.
She's a damn good hunter with, it seems, deeply ingrained
instincts. And she's fast.
She has already chased after three of my four cats, nearly catching one in a swift run that reminded me of the time I saw a friend's German shepherd catch a rabbit (leaving limbs, chunks of meat, and rabbit head complete with fluffy ears strewn all about the lawn.)
The cats have given up and and are living in terror upstairs, occasionally peering down from the top of the steps. No matter how much I tell the new dog "NO!" she still chases the cats upstairs whenever they venture down.
She's a sweet, affectionate, wonderful
dog, but I don't dare leave her alone with my cats, and my cats can't keep living in hiding.
Is there any solution, other than returning the dog, or trying to get my aunt or someone else to adopt her? I adopted her yesterday, and as the weekend progresses I become more attached to her, and she to her (maybe) new home.
Thanks in advance...