Guest Impossiblealto Posted August 30, 2013 Share Posted August 30, 2013 My greyhound-pit mix Smokey was the quietest dog at the shelter: he never barked, never played with the other dogs. Since he has come home with me, he has built up a lot of confidence, which is generally a great thing, but also has the urge to constantly search out and chase prey. He is attracted by squirrels, birds, rabbits, and small dogs (never was an issue at the shelter, which happens to have acres of hiking woods right across the street from it). I understand that prey drive is a natural instinct in dogs, but since he's half grey, he is even more attracted to motion. He always sniffs the ground and the air. I used to play fetch with him, but now I can't trust him off-lead due to the lack of fencing on the sides of the house. 1) Do head collars (i.e. gentle leaders) act as a good deterrent for lunging and fixating when going on walks? 2) What exercises do you do with your dog to help tire him out? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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