My staffy demonstrating high prey drive QLD
My staffy male(full) is 9mths old and has been raised with the kitten but he attacked him twice in what the vet described as a none vicious attack as he did not leave any puncture marks etc just badly bruised the cat and shocked him. He was sociallised when we got him and has a bull mastiff (7mths male full) and they get along fine no dominance issues or aggression. He is a beautiful dog but I am concerned as we have children and "yesterday it was the cat is tomorrow the kids". I am getting him desexed but am still concerned that will not be enough. Where I live I don't have access to "decent" obedience/behavioural training. Is there hope as we adore him but I don't know if we can trust him?
ANSWER: Staffy with high prey drive
Desexing (ideally both dogs) would be a priority to minimise any dominance issues between these two (serious) dogs. The 'lower ranked' dog should always be done first. Try and reduce prey drive, no more ball chasing and above all never any 'tug of war' games between the dogs and the kids. Teach the kids to walk slowly, no running - and when the kids want to run, secure the dogs. Kids should NEVER be with dogs unsupervised. Have a look at www.dogtrainingsolutions.com.au for some DIY training packages that would help you a lot. Obedience training means control - and in this case I would strongly recommend that.