Playing with Prey Drive

January 13, 2011

The value of prey!

 

Dogs with well developed prey can be a pleasure to train; they have motivation, attitude, energy, drive, endurance, and the ability to combat stress at higher levels.  They excel  in dog sports such as agility, flyball, obedience, schutzhund, SAR, and tracking. 

 

All dogs are born with a certain level of prey drive.  The challenge we face as owners and trainers is to develop and cultivate that drive through usable vices such as games, tug, keep away, interaction, encouragement, obsessiveness, building blocks of prey behaviors and fetch.

 

The purpose of the blog is not to get into the mechanics of prey drive but to help you awaken and understand that tu and fetch games can serve as both stress relief and high valued rewards, when trained right, to help the dog achieve their training goals.  Unfortunately, most people don’t know how to play tug or fetch with their dogs properly, a simple game, yet complex in it’s mechanics in logic to a dog.  This, thereby, creates tension and stress for the dog; thus, creating the opposite goal.

 

Please contact me for more information on how to bring out your dogs natural prey drives to motivate your dogs training ciricullum or to just better bond with your dog.

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