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    When your dog chases a family of ducks with babies round and round the pond, you realise that you really have to step up the recall training. I was soooo pissed off with her. Didn't punish her when she came eventually but I haven't been able to bring myself to give her any attention since. I know it's not the dog's fault, but I find situations like these highly frustrating.

    I will finally get that long lead and hope that there will be just as many parrots at the walking spot tomorrow as there were today so we can do some proper training! Any type of bird in sight and she develops selective deafness. It's the highest distraction for her that I know of and so far the only one in which the recall doesn't work.

    I hope the baby ducks are ok. Eventually they swam away from their distressed parents and hid in the reeds.

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    So sorry Beloz, I will be glad when duck breeding season is over also.

    We have been here on the farm for 8 years now.
    Every year Mum and Dad duck start with 7 or 8 little ones.
    They end up with 2.
    The families seem to stay together almost to adulthood.
    Our season (Qld) is nearly over, but the worst time is when the ducklings can't fly yet. So they run and run until they get to safety (middle of dam in our case).
    Snoop did the same thing a month ago, as in your case, the only time he never came back at all - I had to go in and get him by the collar.

    I had to give a 10/10 to the parent ducks.
    Mum ran with the kids to the dam. Dad flew off in the opposite direction
    trying to divert the dog away from his little family.

    Unfortunately "chase" is just the most awesome game ever to a dog.

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    My sisters dog proudly bought home a baby the other day
    We're on the edge of the Swan River which atm isnt deep enought to deter the dogs.. very sad.
    They have now been confined to the pool area when we're not home.

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    There was no way I was getting in that smelly pond - water was probably freezing too. I got to a higher point up on the shore where I managed to eventually make eye contact with her (after a bit of yelling - sigh). Once I had got her to look at me, she decided she'd come after all. Proper selective deafness.

    I never dealt very well with my previous dog and her chasing everything with a heartbeat. I want to do better with this one! But I need to think up a proper strategy and stick to it.

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    I have tried lately to keep Snoops attention on me when we are doing the farm walk.
    I have had to develop "eagle vision" so I can spot potential targets and divert his attention away to a game of fetch or chase.
    Chase means I have to chase the dog.

    The distractions here are beyond belief. We have -

    A parading cat
    2 tame pet ducks
    2 free range chooks
    5 wild deer (not every day thankfully)
    3 horses next door - incl a friendly shetland pony (his little mate)
    3 families of wild ducks
    Countless crows, magpies, parrots. a crane, kookas etc
    and the latest excellent toy - Water Dragons.
    If the deer are around then he just has to stay on lead. No ifs or buts.

    We do off leash walking most days but I keep changing direction and
    he is good at following. We stop to look at interesting things.

    When playing a game with me I have found he ignores the other animals - the game is everything to him. It took me a while to figure this out but it is a big step forward for us. That said, he is still a shite who loves chasing ducks and stealing the cats' food.

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    Haha, Banjo will be with her front paws on the table stealing the food from under th cats' noses as soon as I turn my back too.

    We never get that many distractions. Though tonight there where a few flocks of parrots who refused to leave and just landed again a bit further so there was something to chase every few minutes.

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    frosty's favourite game is "chase me" ie I get to chase her. But she's also very fond of chase you ie she chases me... And this is better in terms of managing where she goes and getting her back on lead when needed.

    I really should NEVER EVER play "chase me" but I do. Cos it makes her SO very happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chubbsecurity View Post
    Unfortunately "chase" is just the most awesome game ever to a dog.
    Or fortunately if you know how to harness it!

    If you have a prey driven dog what better way to train them than IN prey drive, IMO...

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    Good point Smeagle.

    Getting the dog to chase me saved a lot of people from a thorough licking the other day. I read something about play drive, I will go back and read it again.

    Hyacinth, lucky for Frosty that you play hockey. You must have really strong legs - like me (now).

    I just love watching the multiple high speed face slap that the Cat inflicts on the Dog when his bowl is invaded.

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    Hyacinth, lucky for Frosty that you play hockey. You must have really strong legs - like me (now).
    It's more like the other way round. Lucky I have Frosty - so now I can play hockey because she is the best Personal Trainer ever. Ie I buggered my knee - and she was the best rehab. Nothing else got me back into the game like she did.

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