Avoid Chasing Deer
Kind of an interesting "How do I?" question I'm asking. We live on a farm in the hills of Oregon. 22 acres. None of it is securely fenced (primitive wire and treeline fencing), but that really isn't a problem with my German Shepherd, since he is pretty much a velcro dog, and has a good recall sense built into him.
My issue is with deer. He used to not pay much mind, but now that he is getting older, some of the "Guard Mode" instincts are kicking in, and when he sees them (especially at night), his hackles raise, lets out his deep "wuff" short barks, and chases them off. So far, he's done good when I've shouted out his name and given my recall whistle...
...but is there a way to curb this from even happening, and to just ignore the deer? It's probably a small possibility that he would tear off and ignore my recall, but, any possibility is worrisome for me.
Faelan - GSD - Born 09/29/2011
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