In our last post, we introduced how learning more about your dog's inherent biological drives can help you to better understand and train your dog.
The first step toward understanding when your dog's prey drive is engaged is knowing how to identify the common physical signs.
So how do you spot typical manifestations of your dog's prey drive? Prey drives start with basic body changes such as:
These six physical signs indicate the onset of prey drive building, and are all things dogs often do to begin hunting (which is the basic foundation of prey drive: to hunt and eat). Since we have domesticated dogs, we often neglect these basic, natural instincts. But, the good news is that once we learn the basics of working with our dog’s prey drives, we can tap into them and use them for training.
And the best part - it will also allow our dogs the time to fulfill their most primal instincts in a healthy, controlled, fun way.
Tune in for part 3 of our Prey Drive Series to learn more about the 5 elements of prey drive!