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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-06-2007, 06:44 AM Thread Starter
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Prey Drive

Dora has always been the type to chase after squirrels, birds, etc. in the backyard. Well we moved to a temporary rental since our house sold so quickly. We no longer have a fenced in backyard so we have been going for a lot of walks. We are near campus which makes for some great doggy play zones.

Last night, we took the girls near the oval where there is a pond. My husband told me to put Dora on leash since there are ducks. I told him she was fine.... well 30 seconds later, I found out she can swim!!! I yelled at her and she didn't care, she wanted to get those ducks!

Just curious if anyone elses havanese has a high prey drive?
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Oh Amanda. What a funny story. Bet you were very surprised. Houston doesn't seemed to be bothered by birds or squirrels. He just sort of sits and watches them but I am sure he is young and that will change. LOL
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Amanda,

Remember Hav's were used to herd chickens. Sam tries to herd my cats constantly. There are a few people in Canada that are doing herding with their Hav's and they use Ducks. Dora is just telling you she wants to start herding trials next. LOL

I would love to try the herding instinct test with Sam the next time it is available here.

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Lily & Lexi have a high prey drive, they know when an animal, be it deer,squirrel, fox, skunk, racoon or whatever has come in our yard at night. They run right to the spot where they entered the property and then follow the path that they took, sniffing the whole way there. If there is one in the yard, watch out!!
My friends hav, actually catches & killed two bunnies so far. He brought them into the house as a gift!!
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Oh, Amanda, that totally made me laugh.

None of mine have a high prey drive, but they do stay on alert and watch for intruders. I have one with a high sensitivity intruder alert alarm installed (low growls and warning barks), but not with high prey drive. They consider the birds and squirrels to be entertainment. It might help that all of my older dogs were raised with canaries, finches and parakeets too. I'm not sure.
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Yes, Casper has a prey drive. I had to post it somewhere last month. We were in a park and there were these small birds flying low to the grown and Casper went crazy chasing them. He had the zoomies, I have never seen a dog run that fast.

I thought I read some place (I can't remember where) that these dogs were used to herd birds, back when.
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Well my little guy can detect when I'm home before I even get the key in the door. Hence the name "Radar".......

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Kodi is always going after the squirrels, but not birds. He is always herding the cats. Now Shelby is following Kodi and doing whatever he does. My poor cats are only allowed where the dogs let them go.


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Dreamer loves to chase squirrels, birds etc...thats why i always have to watch her when we are walking our property. There are always animals around.

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I have always wondered about their herding instincts because when I was 8 yrs old we had a a border collie and I remember when he used to run he would keep so low to the ground. I find the way Havanese run is very similar to bordercollies especially when they to their RLH

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