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  1. IMO... Some huskies do have a high prey drive, though so do many breeds and I definitely don't think their prey drive is the highest. Dogs like Malinois, BCs, GSDs etc can all have higher prey drives. Those are often selected for working homes because of their high prey drives so prey drive does not make a dog untrainable, quite the opposite in fact. I think huskies are a very independent breed which means they don't have as high a pack drive or the biddability that breeds like GSDs and BCs etc can have. I don't think it makes them untrainable by any means, but I think the hand
  2. Perhaps you can also add something like it's not a tool that works on all dogs? For example, I've seen dogs that even after weeks of conditioning still shut down on head collars. And maybe add some points that examine the head collar more subjectively? Such as the negative effects that can occur like the ones I mentioned earlier? As these are things that people can encounter when they are using the tool. That's only if you want this thread to be as unbiased as possible, if you only want it to be about how to train your dog to walk on a head collar, then that's different. Up to you Plea
  3. I created a thread a little while ago about supporting the use of prong collars and got quite a number of responses from people who have used them and/or think they are a great tool, I bet more people use them than you think. I know for a fact that there are members here who use prongs. I think it's vital to remember that it is the dog who decides what it finds aversive. I have seen dozens of dogs who find head collars more aversive than prong collars, these are dogs who will shut down on head collars but don't on prongs. What we think is more or less aversive is irrelevant.
  4. Firstly, if you want to write an informative article then you should look at a range of tools, not just the ones you have a bias towards. Secondly, head collars DO cause pain. They are aversive otherwise they wouldn't work. Look at how many dogs fight against them when fitted with one or shut down completely on them, I have seen dogs do both many times. There are many downsides to using head collars, and they won't suit all dogs. One issue is that just the sensation of wearing a head collar is aversive to many dogs, so they are essentially being corrected the entire time they are wearin
  5. I'm not a huge head collar fan either, I think there is a lot of room for injury even when the tool is used correctly. I'd prefer a martingale or prong collar if a tool needed to be used for the owner to get some control back
  6. My Sibe is like that too despite having a very high prey drive because he was taught to be calm and well mannered around people. He'll chase a ball I throw and bring it back (because he is getting the drive reward away from me) but won't tug with me. There are a few ways to get around it, I'm lucky because Mish has an equally high food drive and I can use that to my advantage too so I haven't been too bothered getting him reliable on a tug (I also don't want to due to his arthritis). There are loads of things we can do to put our dogs off playing tug too, something hard like a de
  7. Sorry, I wasn't trying evade your question I thought that we use tug toys to train in prey drive was obvious, I was addressing the part of your post where you asked why a dog would show interest in live prey but not in toys. So yes, we definitely use toys. Prey drive is the urge to chase and grab a moving item, this can certainly be replicated with a toy and you can see that in the intensity dogs working in prey drive show when they launch onto the toy when released to it. People will often tell you that having a high prey drive makes their dog harder to train, but the opposite
  8. We'd have to look at it from a dog to dog basis as there are a number of reasons why a dog will chase live prey, but won't do something like display prey drive around the owner by doing something like playing tug. It could be because the dog's prey drive has never been developed properly and it could have learnt that drive satisfaction is only achieved through chasing live prey; the dog may be reluctant to go into prey drive around the owner because a lot of people punish their dogs for showing drive or reward it for calmness instead of rewarding them for displaying drive, so when the owner tr
  9. To answer both the above questions at the same time - through a method called training in drive Prey or food drive depending on the dog. We use prey drive a lot on training to teach the dog that it will get prey drive satisfaction through complying with our commands. I may also use a remote training collar to get reliability off leash depending on the dog.
  10. Dazzlin, shoot me a PM sorry having trouble doing it myself on my iPhone
  11. No? Goodness, I was saying that anyone who did what Mick described (letting their dogs off leash without any training especially after reading on a forum that people said they'd do it after extensive training) was the kind of idiot who would risk their dogs regardless of what they read or saw on an internet forum. Those kinds of people are stupid and would let their dogs off leash regardless if they saw someone else doing it.
  12. I get where you are coming from Mick but you know what - if someone is so stupid as to misinterpret my posts that severely (as if I am saying 'let all your dogs off leash! just do it! with no thought to training them!') they are honestly the kind of idiots who would do it anyway.
  13. I have a dog who is fear aggressive to other dogs, so no-one hates off leash dogs that aren't under effective control more than I do. However to say NO dog should ever be off leash is simply unfair, the last thing we as dog owners need are more restrictions placed upon what we can and can't do with our dogs. And if you bought in restrictions like that, how would you run obedience or agility trials or any other dog sports if the dogs can never be off leash?? Of course you are entitled to your own opinion, but I'd hope that any of us could do so without personally insulting others
  14. At what point in training does the "risk" factor become minimal enough that you think it's ok for anyone to let any dog off leash? Or maybe we should keep all dogs on leash regardless of their breed forever. I wouldn't tell anyone let their dog off leash via an internet forum and in the vast majority of cases on this forum I think people ARE taking too high a risk letting their dogs off leash (for various reasons) however at the end of the day I find it insulting that people would insinuate that anyone who lets their dog off leash regardless of how well trained their are, is taking a ca
  15. I'm sure I could find some dogs for you to work here if you want to visit! LOL!
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