Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Janet, how nice to hear about your animals! What is happening with Jessie, is due to her being taken away far too young from her mum. What you can do with this behaviour, is just gently push her away. She will keep on trying over and over but will eventually give us.
It sounds to me like you have a situation wherein Jessie is not recognizing you (and rest of family) as the pack leaders. When we bring dogs into our lives we automatically create a combined human/canine pack and it is very important to a dog (especially one like Jessie wherein she never expereienced the most cirtical 5-8 weeks period) to show the dogs that we are in charge. When the dog realizes this, it will relax more and be more likely to listen to you, rather than just ignore you now when she is chasing the cat!
Due to the circumstances and the liklihood of her behaviour towards the cat getting worse and inuury being done to the cat, I would seriously recommend that you get in a professional to help you so that this situation can be stopped once and for all. Have a look at www.animal-behaviour.org.za for a behaviourist close to you, or contact me via my e-mail and i will put you in touch with somebody i know.
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