Do you have other pets besides you dog?
We have the 4 girls you know about but we also have three cats. Perry is my 16 year old Tonkinese. Then there is Dusty Miller, a big 14 pound yellow tabby and Poppy a black and white tuxedo cat. They are both almost two years old.
Yuki and Hera have no prey drive at all.
Mali and Rani have a lot of prey drive.
A prey driven dog will chase with a great deal of focus on the object it is pursuing and a definite goal of attaining access to its target. A chase driven dog will also chase but usually not with the same intensity or absolute drive to reach its target as the end goal. Many of you have done chase games with both types of dogs. The prey driven dog will drive as hard as it can until it reaches you and when it does you or your toy usually gets hit like a ton of bricks. The chase driven dog can be somewhat frustrating as it will chase you, but not with the drive or intense targeting behavior of the prey driven dog. This dog will often pursue the handler in chase games, but will run on by and not follow through to actually catch the handler. The chase driven dog usually does not exhibit the sudden increased burst of speed that a prey driven dog will when the handler increases their speed. Unfortunately, either tendency can lead to dog chasing and/or aggression (more so in the prey driven dog).
Hera can come into my living room and completely ignore the cats. While Rani cannot, since this is a herding breed she wants to herd the cats. Now you can imagine how hard it is to herd cats, and just how funny that is to watch. We do not let her use teeth to do this with even though that is her natural instinct.
Rani uses her tongue, even funnier. Perry is off limits all together, he is just too old and lets her know right off the bat. Dusty will put up with it for one or two licks then is gone under the couch. Poppy though loves the game and will do anything to drive Rani crazy. We call him Rani's cat. Poppy is also the cat we use to teach puppies about dogs, as he is so very tolerant with puppies.
Mali well that is a different story. When she was 4 months old we had another old cat. One who has long since crossed the Rainbow bridge. That cat did not like puppies at all and attacked her trying to take her eyes out. Mali thinks cats are for tasting and hates all cats, and especially Poppy! Knowing this poppy does his best to drive Mali crazy too. He taunts her, going up to the closed gat and sitting inches from her nose. or going to the threshold she is not allowed to cross and lying down within inches of it. Mali has tasted his fur twice but not drawn blood. He lives dangerously. I do not think he has any of his 9 lives left.
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