Very prey-driven GSP
I am currently helping an older neighbor with their young, energetic GSP who needs a lot of training.
He used to be a hunting dog, that is obvious, but after the hunting season ended the lady's daughter found him wandering aimlessly and brought him to her rescue, then to her mom who had just lost her GWP.
This boy is very hard to handle for her, he is on the constant lookout for birds, and other small game and lunges unexpectedly according to her, I have yet to experience more than very enthusiastic prey drive. So far, when I've seen him really staring down a bird or other animal, I say his name or "Come on!" and turn abruptly around. It snaps him out of it quickly.
I do not want to up his drive any more, but would getting an prey-like toy to play with cause him to act even worse? I know he LOVE it, but I don't want to cause them any issues.
He also had a big problem with pulling, after a couple of walks together to get him used to me, I've been stopping dead for a few seconds, or turning around when he pulls. He caught on to this very quickly as well.
He is a real sweetheart, but honesty, I don't know how this lady has done it all this time. Now her husband is in rehab from having his hips replaced, and I would hate to see them have to rehome him because of his behavior, she has never said she would, but I can't imagine that if he keeps knocking them down they could take it.
Other than my toy question, if you have experience with ex hunting dogs and rehabbing them to behave in a civilized manner, do not hesitate to share some tips.
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