Dog obsessed with birds

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by NoodlePoodle, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. NoodlePoodle

    NoodlePoodle PetForums Newbie

    May 30, 2017
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    Hi everyone,

    I have a 10 month old toy poodle who is a fab little dog. He’s learnt things very quickly and he’s no trouble at all.

    Until walking time! He’s started to get OBSESSED with birds and squirrels, It;s a new thing so now he runs off on a mad dash to find them, once onto a road. He watches them IN THE SKY. He used to run off the lead and stay pretty close, always coming to check where i was, but now he completely ignores me. Nothing will get him back once he’s on his crack. He’s even lost interest in other dogs.

    Any ideas what I could do?
  2. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

    Nov 22, 2010
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    He’s becoming a teenager and his prey drive is kicking in. It’s not unusual.

    Keep him on a lead/longline/flexi and train, train, train. Work on recall, work on ignoring distractions and focusing on you.

    The teenage stage is a pain, and dogs with high prey drive are challenging, but you’ll get there.