Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Rural Southern Scotland
Suddenly prey drive?
Until now, my 4 month old GSD puppy hasn't been that interested in chasing things and has been really scared of traffic. We live in the country so she's mostly off-road so we've had to make an effort to introduce her to cars and trucks going by.
Then wham! Suddenly she loves playing ball, whereas before she wasn't interested at all. Then today, on our evening walk, when cars went past, she lunged at them. We moved off-road and walked past the tups that are always there. More lunging!
I'm using a flat collar and leash and she can't pull harder than me (yet), but I did think about tightening the collar when we came home as I'm worried that it's not secure.
Is this just part of her maturing? What should I do to keep her safe? In general, she's very well behaved and we can hike off-leash in wooded areas without lots of people or dogs, but is this a sign of things to come? She was on-leash during all this tonight, but does it post warnings?
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