The only thing that stopped me chasing birds was getting married.....
Not to sure that helps KM !!
Our local RSPCA organises "Recall clinic" courses too. That might be interesting. It was an RSPCA trainer who once gave me the tip about using a chase as a reward for coming when called with wildlife around. Clearly that only works in some circumstances, but it is a good way of tricking your dog into thinking that they can just come to you for a treat first and then continue to do what they want. Which you sometimes allow, but then you have the chance to grab and restrain if it is too risky.
Roos are my nemesis with Banjo too. Though not nearly as bad as with my last dog who acted as if completely deaf around roos every time. Banjo currently comes back immediately when I call about half of the time. And only chases for a short distance the other times. I can probably improve on that with some further training but I don't ever expect it to be 100%. And she is much worse if there's another roo chaser to join in with her.
Yes, Nero definitely got worse since we have Roxy even though she doesn't go for roos. Definitely smarter than he is! He used to run after them for about 3 seconds and then came back happy as larry. Now he really goes for it! He also figured out that something is in the bush if I call him out of the blue. Now he doesn't come anymore right away but turns around a few times checking what's yummy to chase. Little bugger!
A few weeks ago these two idiots cornered a roo. Luckily they weren't far away from me so I could run there and pull him away. The roo wasn't even scared of him! It didn't run away. It just stood there, staring at us seriously pissed off, while I was shouting at Nero and pulling him away... I think it was contemplating whether it's worth it to gut him anyway. Just in case...
I've been working on stopping my dog from chasing cats.
She's good at not barking at them - so long as they don't move. She gets quite a bit of practice at that - there's a (killer attack) cat on the way to the park - who sits in some sunny place in its yard or the neighbours yard, and waits for unsuspecting dogs to pass by... but Frosty has learned to swap to the other side of me and just keep walking. She still watches it but she doesn't bark at it any more. Whoo hoo.
Running cat in my back yard - whole different story.
She also goes after crows...
Best way to stop that - is stop her from "rehearsing" the behaviour anywhere and everywhere ie no chasing birds in the fenced park either. There's probably some pond somewhere that people feed ducks? You could use that as an onlead opportunity to train the behaviour you want around birds in a controlled environment - you can control how close you are and the dog is on lead. Let the dog make a choice, (look at the birds, look at you), If the dog can look at the birds and then look at you and stay calm - reward. If the dog gets excited and won't look at you - you're too close... try again from further away. If the dog gets excited looks at the bird then does a lovely calm sit and look at you - beware the dog training you to give it treats... Start only rewarding calm looking at bird and calm look at you - without food.
And build up from there, and change the places. If the dog chases a bird in the fenced park - go get dog, and put lead back on and practice some more doggy self control.
Thank you for your suggestions everyone!
I will PM you in a few weeks margoo, thanks so much and good luck at the clinic!
I think we will keep working on our recall around birds at the fenced park, I've never actually tried to stop her, I sort of encouraged it so she would run, otherwise she's stuck at my side! I just never thought she'd run so far without a fence! I will keep her on a long leash at non-fenced parks and really like the idea of taking her somewhere with a lot of birds
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