I have two dogs and one is a whippet x bull terrier and the other is a staffy.
My staffy is very easy going, easy to walk, can take her anywhere and she will tolerate any dog but much prefers to be with humans and also doesn't mind cats (she lived with a cat prior to us having her)
The whippet x on the other hand is extremely active and very sight focused and we have been having an awful time trying to train her. She will walk normally until she sees another dog- if its a larger dog she is okay and we can re-direct her easily, if its a small dog she will start a high pitched whine and lunge violently at the other dog- this escalates if the other dog barks (we are always on the other side of the street)... I'm finding it very difficult to hold her.
She also has the same reaction with cats except worse... we have had instances of cats moving towards us and hissing and then taking a swipe at her which sends her off the edge. Basically she has a full on melt down and makes noises like she is dying and wants to kill the animal all at the same time. She has hunted and killed mice in our backyard and I'm afraid if she ever catches a cat she will kill it. We leave her treat balls during the day and walk her everyday. my husband also takes her cycling in the morning where she runs flat out and when she comes home she doesn't even pant!
I have socialized her with my parents dogs which are HUGE mastiff types and she adores them and spends majority of the day playing with them. She is also exposed to horses which she tolerates but occasionally will focus on and make a half attempt to chase which I can re-direct easily.
I don't have any opportunity to socialize her with smaller dogs and I'm afraid to take her to obedience training because she escalates further with unstable dogs. She also digs holes every day which I dont even mind anymore because there is nothing I can do to stop her. We are now moving to a more rural area for two reasons 1. to enjoy the space and 2. because of our dog!!
But I really would like to try and sort out her problem with small animals.
I just dont know how to deal with it anymore. Please help!!