Guest Waterdog66 Posted July 22, 2013 Share Posted July 22, 2013 So where I live, a good portion of the beach has sandstone cliffs and the local population of Squirrels and (And Other Rodents) has become quite fat and complacent thanks to the tourists feeding them. I say complacent because the pesky things have NO FEAR of anything on the boardwalk that runs atop the cliffs; including dogs. There area signs everywhere saying "Do Not Feed the Squirrels" but [sarc] it says nothing about a hound snacking on one or two [/sarc]. Audrey gets quite "Active" when the one of the locals decides to do the rodent version of "Bungie Jumping" and runs RIGHT UNDER HER NOSE. She is on a close leash so has no opportunity to give chase but her body language "Ears Up, Head Up, Leaning Forward with Tail Wagging". Walking "The Wall" certainly sharpens my skills at staying vigilant with her. (Close Leash with a Backup Grip) I get the message that you cannot train the prey drive out of a greyhound (Only work to maybe make it less of an issue). My question is "What IS my best response". There is no way to avoid these darn things; they are everywhere. It does not feel right to correct her "NO or AH-AH" every time she alerts to one; given that her breeding/training is all about giving chase. To me it feels like correcting her for Growling. To be fair to Audrey, she ignores them when they are behind the fence minding their own business (Same thing with the local Bunnies in the canyon) but when the dart across her front paws, it just triggers something. Methinks that based on the 3 months we have had her, her prey drive is moderate at best. She cannot be trusted but will for the most part ignore "Most" opportunities to express her "Hunt". My response up to this point is to restrain her (Keep her Close) and attempt to redirect her attention; but to otherwise ignore the presence of these aggressive little furballs. (I have not scolded her) Over time, without any reinforcement to chase, she might just choose to ignore. What is troubling is that some of the other dog owners are not so concerned and freely let their dogs chase and she does notice this. (The difference is that she has a good chance of catching them even ON THE LEASH) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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