Bernie has very strong prey drive
yet never chases stock, even lambs, chickens, geese, ducks
he doesnt pester nesting water foul (i live in a wetland nature reserve) plenty of rodents/birds/roos/cats exposure, and ONLY chases rabbits and plastic bags in lure coursing
I think this is because of our set up in mornings. First part of walk, off leash, go sniff, 2nd part, water retrieves, sits, drops, distance work, recalls etc. Then we release to go play in lake. ie. that excess energy is run off before i tried for control on edge of warren land. 3rd part of walk takes us past a large rabbit warren area. They begin to get excited, but remain under control, but in drive initiation, i keep them in this zone for up to 10 mins, working obedience, all the while they know, that NEXT is chase rabbit time.
After we are done, they are leashed for a few minutes on walking, then 'released' to chase.
The hunt goes for roughly 30 mins.
Im now aware that i am not allowed to do this legally thanks to this forum;-)
it wont stop us, they are rabbits, vermin and we live bush area