I just spoke with the trainer that taught sasha's puppy classes. She's awesome!
She's willing to come to our house this weekend and work with Roxy. Also to assess the situation. She assured me that aggression towards cats is 100 percent trainable. It just depends how much effort its going to take.
She said at the end of the assessment she'd tell us how to teach her manners in the house, how to make her know that the cat is one of the pack and not prey. She'll also let us know its going to be a TON of work, or if she feels the training will be easy. We should be able to tell this by how easy she picks up commands, and how eager she is to learn.
She also gave me a crap load of info of how to prepare for her spending the night. She gave me an also great idea. While Roxy is around cat, she has to wear a muzzle UNTIL she learns that Nala is part of the family pack.
I never thought of that!
Also Roxy is not allowed indoors unless 100 percent supervised, which means she is on leash at all times.
We did this same training with sasha indoors. It took us 1 year to let sasha be in the house in another room from us, without us watching her 24/7. I guess its back to square one!
She also said, since sasha is so well trained, that hopefully roxy will follow suit.
Doggies have to be taught that house is a lot like school. When in the house, you are attentive, quiet, and on your best behavior. When outside you can run around and be on recess.
So jenn, based on all this info, I think we may try to give her a shot, and see if we can give her a home. Our trainer said, we will know by monday morning, (bringing dog home friday) whether or not this is going to work out for us.
wish us luck!
I'll keep ya posted.