I have lived at uni for a pretty long time so rarely see our cute Dobe. He is almost 3 and a 1/2 years old and is very protective of the family and a bit guarded when it comes to strangers.
My rents live in a slightly rural area but what is worrying is his prey drive. He has chased smaller animals in the past but my brother told me today that he came back with a death fox in his mouth. I am worried that this may escalate and I don't want him to hurt for example a neighbour's cat or something. I know this could get him into trouble and it worries me because I really love him. At the same time, I feel bad stopping him doing these instinctive things.
He hasn't really been exposed to babies but when the neighbours or anyone come with kids he is ok.
I know he is very well behaved with the family and he gets good exercise, is obediant, has a good diet and is well looked after tbh.
Last edited by Potential Trigger; 15-06-2012 at 00:18.
damn dobe eating all the foxes
Last edited by UPPSY; 15-06-2012 at 06:24.
Hi, a lot of dogs have high prey drives and will try and catch other animals, sadly including cats, but that doesn't mean they'll go after kids/babies/people. Honestly, killing other animals, while horrible, doesn't mean anything about its aggression toward people.
What does worry me is you say he came back with the fox - not caught it in front of you. Please don't let him wander off alone, he could get into so many types of danger.
Anyway, you could channel that prey drive into something more "friendly" - massive games of tugs (things like this work fantastically http://www.elitek9.com/Jute-Tug-16/productinfo/TJ16/ ) and ball games. Think of the police dogs grabbing arms and really going for it - they are tapping into the dogs' prey drives and simply having intense games of tug.
Work on a strong recall, leave it, and channel that prey drive with anything he can move and "kill" (ie that jute tug) and your control should skyrocket especially for something like a dobe, the extra mental & physical stimulation will do him wonders!
Edit: Why was I negged for this? I'm genuinely just curious, I really can't see why
Last edited by farawayheartbeat; 18-06-2012 at 19:52.
Glad to hear it all. And thanks hahaha
(Original post by Potential Trigger)
Oh yeah of course. I was just wanting to take precautions as it were
Oh I don't think I was very clear here so sorry about that. He is very good off lead but because of the large woodland area sometimes we let him wonder off ahead. Not by much, he may be out of sight but if you call him he does come back. I think he enjoys that freedom and there is that trust between us.
Thank you! You really do know your stuff.
Particularly this breed requires serious mental and physical stimulation but that just makes him more awesome in my opinion. We always take him for not just for a walk but good throwdowns too. This tug thing is something we haven't done. I'll tell my brother. I do see police dog training videos and as you say, this will hopefully quench his thirst for prey. Let you know how I get along!
Yeah, the fantastic thing about the tuggers - or balls, or rope toys, or whatever your dog shows the preference for once all the games have been introduced - is that he is getting to quench that prey drive, but it's channeled, controlled. The reason the trainers have that massive control over the dogs with the real high prey drive, is because their desire for the toys are so strong. And voila. For example, the dog will be SO into biting on the "arm", but he will happy recall off of it because he's coming back to bite the tug that the handler is holding - so, imagine if he spots a fox, and you've worked on it so you can call him back to have a good old tug instead!
Good luckkk and let us know how it goes!
Last edited by farawayheartbeat; 17-06-2012 at 23:46.