Tried to find this posted elsewhere.. couldn't but if there are any threads on this with puppies, please link me!
I've posted before about Hype and the cat. She's high strung like a mal more than a shepherd.. and acts a lot like her mom did. Very nice good, tons of potential but extremely hard to live with and manage. VERY high energy, constantly whines in the kennel and flips out and barks if she hears me go outside with the other dog. If she can see anybody leave the room.. more flip outs. I have successfully raised an anxious puppy not knowing how or why..
Nothing is enough for her. I can train her for hours without her shutting down or being at the saturation point. Of course this is a GREAT thing, except when I feel like I have a freak of nature puppy built for sport and I can't provide that. Being a puppy, I don't do anything to break her spirits. I think even if I did, she would recover with little damage but still damage, none the less.
Our issue is prey drive in public. In the home, I have no clue how to manage this with the cat. Redirecting Hype to me through treats or toys does nothing
. I've tapped her with the side of my foot, yanked on her tail to get a response and poked her in the side. Nothing! She does not nip the cat, but she's extremely interested and not in an entirely playful way. She looks at kitty like prey and in all honesty I'm afraid for the future and safety of the cat! Kitty isn't one to run. She just stands there and holds her ground sort of like why should I have to move for the dogs.. Which I kinda like, I think if kitty ran Hype would chase and it wouldn't end well.
I took her to the pets supply store, I didn't know they also sold a few small pets like ferrets, birds, iguanas and kittens. There was a kitten running loose around the store. Great. Now my pup is going to lock right in on the kitten and birds and everything and go nuts and be over stimulated! She stops, and the only way I can describe it is she basically turns to stone and is super still, with a crazy intense look in her eyes. I have tried redirecting and correcting her it's not working. She is 5 months old! I need help, articles on understanding prey drive and how to manage it and tone it down if possible. I don't want it to escalade. Any help?
I'm at a loss.