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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-25-2010, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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What can I do with prey drive?

The people at Layla's doggy daycare, who have worked years specifically with border collies and shepherds, have mentioned it to me a couple times. I've seen it myself. And right now, it ain't pretty.

This dog has the highest prey drive of any GSD I've ever had, and I thought Jasmine's was strong.

What can I do with this to channel it in a positive direction vs. things like squirrel and cat killing (I'm really afraid of the latter especially)? Agility? Anything else?

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You can use it as a way to reward in training by playing with a toy. You can use it with toys as a way to exercise your dog.

As far as having it not used on other creatures, a solid "leave it" behavior needs to be taught. With my higher prey drive dogs, I don't leave them alone with cats.
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What Samba said. Prey drive is a great thing for training because you can use reward toys, such as a ball on a string or a tug, in training and keep your dog's focus and attention so easily with those.

If you have cats at home, it's been my experience that you can teach your dog that your cats at home are members of the family and need to be left alone. My Mal is very different with the cats at home (she doesn't bother them at all) than with cats outside or other small prey animals outside that she would very much like to chase.

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You can also use it to wear out your dog. Get a ball launcher and a big open space, or even better, a hill. Play fetch until exhausted. Being able to give your dog outlets like these for her prey drive will help in getting her to associate what is okay to chase, and what is not.

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