Welcome back to the next installment of our prey drive series!
First, we talked about the importance of prey drives and how understanding your dog's innate drives can help tremendously in your training. Next, we taught you some of the physical manifestations of prey drives, and how to tell when your dog's prey drive is engaged.
Now, it's time for a pop quiz (We know, you didn't come here thinking you'd be taking a quiz, but we promise, this won't be too hard).
Check out this video below. This is one of our Simply Obedient K9 dogs, Mila, a German Shepherd/Belgian Tervuren mix. She is clearly very interested in those unsuspecting geese. But how can you tell her prey drive is engaged? (this is the quiz part).
Now that you've learned about how to spot the physical manifestations of prey drive, this should be a walk in the park (well, unless there are any geese around).
You can see that Mila's eyes are locked on those geese, her ears are perked up and she's sniffing the ground.
But there's even more to it then that! (Sorry, looks like we didn't give you a fair chance to ace that quiz).
Looking at Mila, there are quite a few other visible physical manifestations of her drive that aren't included within the list we had in our last post. She is pulling on her leash, doing everything in her power to get to those geese. It's almost like she has tunnel vision, nothing else around her matters besides getting to the geese.
Keeping this example in mind, we wanted to show you some of the other elements of prey drive that will help tremendously in understanding your dog and his/her behaviors. It will also work wonders in training your dog, because it will help you to create fun and engaging training sessions that are tailored to your dog's inherent drives.
The 5 Elements of Prey Drive
Read through the prey drives listed below - which of these describe your dog?
Do any of those descriptions sound familiar? Your dog may exhibit one or all of these traits, although most dogs have elements of their prey drives that have become more pronounced over time due to selective breeding (ex: think Shepherds for herding).
In our next post in the series, we will take a look at how to use these 5 elements of prey drive for fun, engaging training sessions for your dog.
Missed our first couple of posts in the series? Check them out below: