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What Is Dog Prey Drive?

February 20, 2024

There are a lot of misconceptions about dog prey drive and how to “fix” it. In this 4 part blog series I’m going to cover:

I also created a comprehensive Youtube video that explains EVERYTHING you need to know to understand prey drive and train your dog to stop chasing animals. You can watch that tutorial here:

What IS dog prey drive?

Put simply, prey drive is a dog’s natural instinct to find, chase, and catch prey.

In it’s entirety, the dog predatory sequence looks like this:

dog predatory sequence

Let’s take a closer look at the dog predatory sequence:

dog prey drive
Dog prey drive

Dog prey drive is NOT bad!

All dogs have some level of prey drive, but some dogs certainly have an elevated drive.

Humans have purposely bred specific parts of the predatory sequence into dog breeds for purposes that benefit us.

In the next blog post in this series, we’ll discuss how breed affects prey drive!

I also created a low-cost guide that explains everything you need to know to understand & train your dogs prey drive. If interested, click here!

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What Is Dog Prey Drive?

About the author:

Stephanie Rombough, DBTMc, is a force-free dog trainer in Edmonton, Alberta. She owns Happy Hounds Dog Training, offering private in-person or virtual dog training services. 

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