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Understanding Hunting & Predatory Behavior in Dogs

Canine Hunting & Predatory Behavior

We may think that predatory behavior is something dogs’ ancient relatives needed to survive and that now it’s redundant and all but forgotten. But that’s not true. All domestic dogs possess an innate prey drive and associated sensory and motor skills to act on this motivation.

But activation of prey drive is more complicated than a dog seeing something he considers prey and then chasing it. Below is a list of factors that come together to form the behavioral end point that is fully operational predatory behavior:

The Two Phases of the Dog Hunt

The Domestic Situation

A Dog’s Predatory Behavior at Home or in the Street