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    Question Training Not to Chase Smaller Animals

    Can you in any way teach your dog not to chase smaller animals (cats, birds, possums)

    She is not bored, she has lots of toys and other things to do. I was playing with her one day when she 'disappeared' then I saw all the bushes moving and a cat 'scream' as she chased one up a tree. The cat was in next doors yard, but Kimba had been so quiet the cat obviously didn't see her.

    I really need to stop this before she kills something.

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    You can't train it out of her. It's drive mode. You can however correct her to stop when you tell he to stay/stop with the remote collar.

    Understand this:

    You can train a dog to do tricks like paw, sit etc... with treats... but to correct bad behavior takes a level of pain. Dogs are pack animals and only understand these principle.

    I have the most drivey breed on the planet so I know. Talk to any trainer worth their weight and they will tell you the same thing.

    Unfortunately no one sees what Cesar Milan really does training a dog to listen under drive or stress.
    2 Mechelaars'

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    My dogs go crazy when they see a cat/rabbit/goanna when out for a walk. "Leave it" just doesn't do the trick when they are so excited. I almost get pulled into the bushes in their eagerness to get at the other creature. How do I stop 2 powerful dogs from pulling like demons? Any suggestions gratefully received.

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    I've been taking Kimba to dog obedience school for a about 3 months now and she walks well beside me.
    I had trouble with her pulling and brought her a check chain and it helped a lot. If she starts after something I tell her no and make her sit.
    Then I tell her to come (heel) and if she pulls again she has to sit. It does work but I REALLY doubt that will help you with 2 Big dogs.

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    Choker chains really do help in these situations, i dont really like to use them but in some cases there is no other option.

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    Also distraction.The second you see the creature or see your dog tense up,immediately speak to your dog,give a small treat,and distract his attention away.(I would personally ,walk 2 large dogs seperately so I could control one at a time).Or immediately turn around and go back where you started from,or like the earlier poster said,make the dog sit and look at you.I have trained tolerance into a few dogs but they would still be very (completely)unmanagible offlead in this situation,its just a matter of being in control for those few seconds to change their reaction to the creature.I agree,you cant ever train it out completely.You may have to do this forever.

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    Sorry but the short answer is no.
    Your dog is exhibiting prey drive.
    Drive can be used to help train , but cannot be trained out.
    And I have to disagree with needing pain to correct behaviour. Much better,long standing results will be acheived using positive training.

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    I'm with ChoppaChop i dislike the idea of using pain as a way to stop your dog from their instincts, i totally agree positive reinforcement.

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    I completely agree that here is no need for pain and I am against choke chains aswell.

    If you need to stop her pulling there is a harness you can get from most pet store. I can't remember exactly what it is called but if you ask for it I'm sure they will help you.

    Instead of it being just clipped on to the harness, the lead is attached to the two straps that go under and come out in front of the dogs front legs so when you, or they, pull on the lead it in turn pulls on the straps which causes the dog to stop walking until they lead goes loose again.

    Hope this helps Good Luck

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    I actually brought one of those harness things, it still didn't work.
    She would pull until it was so tight, then pulled me along. Shes a fairly solid dog!
    It makes it hard that she wasn't given any training for the first 11 months of her life.

    I was against check chains too until I adopted Kimba. She is getting much better and I don't use it everytime. It rarely even checks now, she knows the sound and will slow down!

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