Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Central Virginia
Work on your control in controlled situations--work on motivating her recall and teaching her a down on command from anywhere close by.
If you don't have control up close, you won't have control at a distance. Once you have control up close, work on extending the distance and adding temptations--work to the point that you can tell her to down, throw a ball, and she holds the down until you release her to go for the ball.
Once you've gotten a better recall and fast down at a distance, you may find that the crittering will go away on its own. If it hasn't stopped at that point and she obeys your recalls and/or down commands under other circumstances, then I would look at an electric collar. However, the ecollar doesn't *train* the dog--you should do the foundation work first to teach her what you want, motivate her to respond, and make sure that she knows what you want.
Until then, you need to keep her physically restrained in a fenced area, on leash, or on a 20+ foot drag line if need be, so that she doesn't have an opportunity to self-reward with a fun chase of live prey.
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