Her crazy hunting drive
Deja is doing great in everything except one area for which I need some tips for. She has a crazy hunting drive that I haven't even seen in my 20-some years of having sight hounds. It goes from beetles, snakes to deer.
Sight hounds hunt by sight only and as long as there was nothing in sight, they were always hanging out with me on the trails, beach and outside in our yard and I never have had a problem with these guys.
Deja, on the other hand, hunts by sight, smell and sound, and when she senses something, she is gone. It really is instant and nothing that I can do works. Besides for a hunt, I can put her in an emergency down-stay when she is about to follow her impulses.
Before this issue I never, ever considered working with an E collar but it is slowly appearing on my radar screen. I just have never worked with one. I am looking for ways to avoid te E collar. Tips on what worked for you?
Her hunting instinct overrides her obedience or ball drive and I don't know how to reverse that at this point since it seems to be so hard wired. Besides keeping her leashed at all times I wonder how to prevent her from getting lost or hurt by some wild critter.
The wild animals will be getting their young soon so she does run a risk there. She does disappear for several minutes but returns always (so far) and I don't punish her when she returns.