I had no idea how my dog Banjo would react to roos. My last dog was actually a kangaroo dog - so very high prey drive. I never really got her out of chasing them and she brought 3 down in her 11 years. Before she actually caught one, I didn't worry too much about it and I must admit that I always thought it was such a sight to behold when she chased them. Her speed and agility was remarkable. As she got older she lost that speed and it wasn't much of an issue anymore.
But I don't want to have to worry about it with Banjo. Not just because of the risk that she might injur a roo, chase it across a busy road or run across a road herself (though that is the worst case scenario!), but also because dogs have been killed by roos here, especially near water, which is where we usually meet them.
So today near the lake, we met a mob of about 20 kangaroos. I saw them before the dog did (most dogs are so bad at seeing stationary animals!) so put her on the lead. Then walked her around, getting to within about 10 meters of them at times, and rewarded her for not pulling the lead and for even the slightest glance in my direction. She was quite funny to watch. She ate her treats like a robot, I don't think she even registered she was eating them, but the clicker never lies, so I kept treating her. She also sat automatically whenever I said her name or stopped when she pulled - that's a pretty good result!
She lunged forward once when a little mob fled. But then sat down again when she felt the lead.
I don't think Banjo has as strong a prey drive as my old dog (would be hard to find a dog who has!). But I saw the signs nevertheless. She got a bit stressed when she could not move when they hopped away. A bit of a whimper, even a shiver. And then the one front leg went up, hunting dog style.
I don't know if this exercise was actually useful or if it just made her more aware of the existence of kangaroos! But I want to be proactive in this now she is still young.
Any other tips on teaching dogs to not chase wildlife? Also, do you have to teach them not to chase any wildlife for this to work? I don't mind her chasing wild rabbits at all!