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Old 02-15-2018, 12:38 AM
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Using prey drive to teach control

I'm thinking of getting a flirt pole for my 11 month old, high energy, extreme prey drive lab. Sounds like an awful idea, but I was thinking it could really benefit us.

I've been working on her control around my fowl and cats with a 60 foot training lead. She's successfully gotten "leave it" down, as long as they prey is not moving or slow moving- which is a HUGE improvement from before. She can comfortably sit 2 feet away from my ducks and chickens, eyes on me, and let them walk off.

However I've been having trouble teaching her with a target on the move. Before I can properly correct her, the prey is gone like the wind. I was thinking a flirt pole with a piece of hide would make a good "prey" animal that I can control, and work on her drive, recall and work on letting it "run" by without her having to sprint after it.

Does this sound plausible? It works in my mind, just wondering if it's something people do or if there's any major flaws in my plan.
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Forrest Mickey, trained by Ellis, also does it very well. Does a great IPO training on line DVD, to purchase or stream.

I have a bc nutter pup. And self control, with flirt was my goal. But we are many steps behind the actual flirt. He's unwilling to work, unless its a new green ball, my MISS biatch, has never slavered on. A virgin toy. So im back there, building engagement, and interactive play.

my gsd pup, loves flirt, tug, and will out, wait, rebite, out, drop, rebite, retrieve, etc etc all day if you want. She has no idea we are training self control. Everything needs her to control herself when working. So has to sit/wait till i open gate and release her onto her ball etc.

My kind of training is all in drive.
The dogs come to love doing the behaviours. (although jury is still out on my bc). Behaviour is under appetitive motivation, and a self fulfilling prophecy. Win/Win

I detest any dog training, that involves me following other people, all practicing the same behaviour as a class. Antithesis of what my preference is at.
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