Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: SF Bay Area / Saratoga
Re: Controlling Prey Instinctf
Frank, I just discovered "Control Unleashed" by Lesley McDevitt.
Watched the DVD and just ordered the book -- it's fantastic and life changing!
She offers a serious of "games" to help your dog disect and manage the enviroment!
One of the fundamental games is "Look at that!" -- it teaches your dog to look at something/someone and then mentally "leave it".
It teaches a dog to look without trying to make a physical contact.
Our puppy with a huge prey drive (lunging at cars, etc.) is good with kitties but want to play with them.
We have been playing "Look at that!" for 3 days with amazing results!
In addition, we started using Haltie on Xargos -- it works! It's the second day of using it, and even though he doesn't like it, he is already pretty good with it (with lots of treats and playing) and the amount of control you gain is huge!
We started private lessons with Xargos with a trainer who gets 100% on Obidience with her dogs and this is what she recommended.
Let me know if you want more details -- I can keep you posted on details!
Xargos Vom Haus Tyson (born Sep., 27, 2008)
LoveBug, a brown-with-white Siberian cat, the kindest cat on earth (born Oct.27,2007)
Tiger, a red Siberian cat (born Aug.8,2008) -- Lovebug's best friend
Pumpkin, an outdoor cat