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Subject: Prey Drive
I really like Brian's approach. He comes from a much gentler angle from the dog's perspective, which made a whole lot of sense. My 4 year ol dog has a very high prey drive and chases everthing......... Cats, Horses, Cows, Sheep, Small Children, even Trains. So needless to say she spent most of the time pulling on the lead. To say the least, walks were not as much fun as they should have been. Wel I had 2 sessions with Brian and the pulling on the lead was cured on the final session, in fact it only took about 20 minutes. I can't tell you how that made me feel. On the second occasion we went for a walk through a field of sheep and apart from one excitable moment when some sheep started running and my dog lunged forward, I only needed to remind her what was expected and she carried on walking beside me with a completely loose lead in a relaxed manor. To me this was nothing short of a miracle !
I try to walk through a field of sheep 2 or 3 times a week now just to reinforce what she has learned. Yesterday THE FARMER was also in the field and he remarked as to how well behaved my dog was. I wasn't going to say "you should have seen her 2 weeks ago" ! Now to tackle running children. I feel that this is going to be a tuffie as my youngest child played chase with her all the time when my dog was a puppy so this is pretty hard wired...... I will keep you posted !