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      Control the environment (fence) or control the dog (leash) and then work on training the dog. You can use the drive to reward the dog (by throwing something, for example). Have you worked with a trainer? Read any books? Gone to obedience classes?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Annette47 View Post
      Those of us in other dog sport venues love “prey drive” as well! The key is not to reduce their drive but to channel it into the behavior you want. In other words you need to make coming back to you when you call just as rewarding if not more than chasing small prey. Sass has tons of drive, but when I call her on a recall she comes at me the same speed she would go after a rabbit in the field, LOL - it’s actually a little scary to see coming at you. Depends on the dog the best way to achieve that - some are play motivated, some food, etc., but you want coming to you to be the absolute best thing in the world.
      Understood. I can stop the dogs I train whilst on their way to making a retrieve and recall them back to HEEL and SIT. That ALL comes down to proper / complete foundational obedience training done early on and maintained consistently.

      The point I was making is that it is much more desirable to have a dog with ample prey drive and to focus that energy to a given related behavior you seek to evoke in the K9, than to have a K9 with what amounts to virtually imperceptible prey drive (the latter being most likely a result of how that dog is hardwired via it's own DNA).

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      Quote Originally Posted by IRISHWISTLER View Post
      Understood. I can stop the dogs I train whilst on their way to making a retrieve and recall them back to HEEL and SIT. That ALL comes down to proper / complete foundational obedience training done early on and maintained consistently.

      The point I was making is that it is much more desirable to have a dog with ample prey drive and to focus that energy to a given related behavior you seek to evoke in the K9, than to have a K9 with what amounts to virtually imperceptible prey drive (the latter being most likely a result of how that dog is hardwired via it's own DNA).

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      Oh, I totally agree - for people who want to DO something with their dog. For people who just want a quiet, well-mannered pet though, a lower drive dog might be easier to manage.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Annette47 View Post
      Oh, I totally agree - for people who want to DO something with their dog. For people who just want a quiet, well-mannered pet though, a lower drive dog might be easier to manage.
      Which is exactly why I insist that people looking for a lab give me details about their household, lifestyle, training plans, etc.. Too many get hung up only on color and gender! One of my pup owners really wanted a YM, and had a tight timeline for getting a pup (older one from me was ~5yrs at the time). They contacted a well known/ respected breeder because they often had yellows. I warned them to be brutally honest, that they were a pet home and would not be doing a lot of training. I think they expressed that, but still have WAY more dog than they should have gotten.
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      What you describe might not be even be prey drive. You describe gigi to a t when she was younger. She will get excited and the would go crazy .

      I been training her to reprogram her jets so to speak. All we do now is to rechannel her excited state to a lower level.

      While in that state , her off leash , sign commands , jumping on people , anxiety has come.down. when off leash when I say leave it she will ignore dogs ,toys ,food and even do down stay and let other dog sniff her.

      Just throwing another side of a dog. Prey drive and excitement some times looks the same.

      Gigi is a lab mix , but she has a natural tendency to bird and hunt prey as her parents were used as hunting dogs ad watch dogs. Especially the male was a hunter first and pet second.

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