How to keep the dog from attacking the cats
We recently adopted a 2 year old pit bull named Mabel. Mabel is very gentle and not at all agressive - unless you are a cat or other small animal. We have two house cats. We're trying to keep Mabel from going after the cats.
Mabel was abandoned last spring. Some friends of ours who live on a farm took her in but didn't want to keep her because she would go after the chickens. Since we brought Mabel here she has dug up and killed some moles in the yard, which is just fine by me.
Whoever abandoned Mabel seems to have house trained her well. She likes to spend time in her cage. That's where we have to keep her when we are away from the house. She's a good dog, and she's never had a accident in the house, and she is very personable and loving. The only problem is with the cats. If we are sitting with her and a cat goes by she will stare at it but she won't go after it if we tell her not to. However, if she is unsupervised and a cat gets in proximity to her she will try to catch it. I'm afraid that she could hurt or kill one of these cats if we didn't intervene.
Anyone know if it's possible to train her to leave the cats alone? I thought about getting a shock collar. Any help would be appreciated.