Dog Training/Rescue dog chasing cat
I recently took in an akita male that is 1 year old and un neutered from a acquaintance from my work. He is a great dog and doing well with my young daughter growls at her a little when she bothers him and then my older smaller dog except for a few aggression issues over toys. My main issue with him is him attacking our cat any time it moves. I have tried introducing them slowly the dog even ignores the cat as it sits as long as I am around calming him down when he first notices the cat perched. The second the cat moves he attacks dangerously knocking things down and flipping over tables anything in his path.I have tried spray bottle approach to now the only thing that works is smacking him upside the head to get him to snap out of it I know that is horrible but its the only thing that gets him out of the zone. please help I know this dog can be a difficult breed and the local humane society doesn't except his breed due to known aggression issues. I am planning on neutering him as soon as possible as well. Thank you!!
Aimee, what you're dealing with here is instinctive prey drive. Most dogs with this level of prey drive can't live with cats. I've done greyhound rescue for many years and we test the dogs with cats before placing them into adoptive homes. There are certain criteria that cause them to fail the cat test. Unable to calm or control themselves in the presence of a moving cat is one of them.
What's more troubling to me in your message is the fact that you have a young daughter and the dog is growling at her. This is a more dangerous situation and you need to get professional in-person help if you decide to keep this dog.
Here's where to find a reputable dog trainer in your area:
Please carefully consider whether it's in your family's best interest to keep this dog.