Prey drive is something we talk about quite a bit in our training method, so we figure an introduction might be in order.
We think that Robert Cabral says it best when he describes prey drives & their impact on not just training your dog, but also understanding them and their behaviors:
Drives are the unconscious, biological impulses that carry out important vital functions. They display in a physical manifestation of the dog's personality and energy. Although inherent, these drives can be compounded by environment with good or bad handling techniques. It is important to recognize drive traits in order to control and develop, or inhibit the manifestations of dangerous or undesirable ones. You cannot properly train or understand a dog without understanding the drives that make him a dog. Without these drives, the dog is merely a stuffed animal that barks and moves.
Over the course of our Prey Drive Series, we plan to give you the ins and outs of understanding your dog's innate drives. We will take a look at how to spot the physical signs that indicate that your dog's prey drive is engaged, what the 6 common prey drive responses are, how to engage your dog in training games that are fun AND a valuable outlet for some of your dog's natural instincts, and a whole lot more.
So stay tuned and subscribe: you'll be on your way to understanding your pet a whole lot better than you did before!