Hunting Together: Harnessing Predatory Chasing in Family Dogs through Motivation-Based Training (Predation Substitute Training)

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Do you wish your dog would listen to you on walks, rather than running after squirrels? Tired of getting left in the dust if a cat shows up nearby? Concerned that your dog's prey drive is coming between the two of you? Conventional training protocols stifle your dog's natural predatory behaviours through punishing or constantly forcing them to return. These restrictive protocols work against your dog's nature and against what they want most: to go for a hunt!

Predation is an inner need that makes your dog happy. Suppressing those natural urges is like putting an airtight lid on a boiling pot. Eventually, that pressure needs to escape, and without a proper outlet, it's probably going to get messy.

Wouldn't you rather use your dog's predation motivation to improve your training and even grow your relationship with your dog?

Predation Substitute Training (PST) is a motivation-based and need-oriented training program, designed to stop uncontrolled predatory chasing and to provide safe outlets for your dog's natural drive.

Instead of making discipline the nagging factor that spoils the fun, this training system will help you grow as a team and go hunting together!

In this training program, you'll learn:
-What is predation?
-Why does your dog love to hunt?
-Why is predatory behaviour so hard to interrupt?

To stop your dog's predatory chasing and see real-life results, just follow the step-by-step instructions:
-Prevention: Structure your walks to set your dog up for success
-Predation Substitute Tools: Help your dog control their urge to chase in a healthy way.
-Predation Substitute Games: Discover new ways to express predatory energy in a safe, controlled environment
-Safety net: Build a strong "emergency cue" to immediately interrupt predatory chasing.

Is hunting your dog's favourite hobby? Don't spoil the fun - go hunting together!

Simone Mueller is a certified dog trainer, dog behaviourist (ATN.AG), and owner of the Training4Paws Dog School near Heidelberg, Germany. Simone is proud to be an Associate Trainer at the Scotland-based Lothlorien Dog Training Club (AT-LDTC) and a member of both the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (PDTE).

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  • 5

    Posted by Nikki Glover on 3rd Mar 2021

    This book has worked wonders for my sprocker. He likes to track when out on walks which results in him red misting and not responding to any recall. Having read this book his recall is now so much better and I'm part of his sequence! He responds to whistle and comes flying back. Recommend this book to anyone who is having similar issues!

  • 5
    Fantastic book

    Posted by Vicky on 3rd Mar 2021

    Simone has simplified a complex subject to bring effective training techniques into the grasp of all dog owners. Her book is a brilliant method of harnessing predatory urges and enhancing the relationship between dogs and their owners. I highly recommend her techniques, games and training to anyone seeking to gain the attention of their dog, amidst environmental distractions and chase desires.

  • 5
    A great book and practical advice

    Posted by Simon Mitchell on 3rd Mar 2021

    Simone’s book is a must read for anyone interested in learning about how easy it is to use their dogs natural behaviour to modify their predation behaviour. I’ve used the advice with sighthounds and it works well.

  • 5
    The best

    Posted by Halla on 2nd Mar 2021

    I’ve read this book and it really did help both me and my dog to start training in a totally different way. I later combined it with a online course (Grisha Stewards websit where Simone was teaching ) and it really gave me a hole new perspective on training dogs with hunting/herding genes. now it’s not just keeping my dog and wild life safe, it’s so much fun for everyone. And now my recall works even when wildlife is there.

  • 5

    Posted by Ruth on 2nd Mar 2021

    This book is a total game changer! It has helped me understand my dog better realising that what he’s doing is completely normal, we have learnt together that some behaviours are to be encouraged (looking) and some are not to be practiced (the chase). Highly recommend for any dog even if they don’t have a massive prey drive- you will definitely learn lots!