I have five dogs and two cats. Since I adopted the airedale, Ruffian, I’ve kept her separated from my cats, crating her at night and letting the cats out of their half of the house so the cats can have one on one time with me. However Grace, the newest dog, a doberman dumped near my farm, won’t sleep apart from me. She barks and whines all night long until I let her in. The other day, Ruffi and Grace took after one of my cats. The airedale shook him and injured him. Nick is doing better, but I need to know if there’s any way to train them not to chase. My other dogs don’t give the cats any problems and the cats are relaxed around them. I want to have Nick to be a barn cat, but I don’t want to risk having him injured. I know terriers tend to be highly prey-driven, but I’ve never had a dobe that didn’t get along with cats. It could be the incident was an example of pack behaviour, with one dog setting off the other, but I don’t want a repeat of it.
My house is plenty big for them each to have their own space, but I worry that the cats aren’t getting the attention they deserve. I’d like us all to be one big happy family.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.