Pearl has spotted a bumblebee. She is an Italian greyhound-whippet cross, a high energy, fast dog with a strong prey drive. We never underestimate her prey drive instincts. When we see her face tighten into ‘huntress’ mode, we distract her and get her to focus her attention on us or on a toy.
Sighthounds can spot prey long before we can. We can see the change in their faces and know when they have spotted potential prey. This gives us the opportunity to create an intervention (such as putting them on the lead) or distraction.
Pearl spent the first three years of her life with a man who underestimated her energy and drive. When he realised he could not give her the exercise and stimulation she needed he handed her in at the shelter.
Eivor is a whippet-lurcher cross. He loves to run and play when we are out and is very laid back at home. This picture was taken just after returning home from a run on the beach. He has had some water and a large chew and is about to fall asleep in his dog bed.
When he spots prey he looks to us first for guidance. It was easier to train him to do this as his previous human companion had never taken him out on a walk. He spent the first three years of his life with a man in his eighties, who had underestimated the needs of a young dog who loves to run. When he could no longer cope, he handed Eivor in at the shelter.
Seamus is a lurcher. He is watching my husband eat some cheese. Seamus knows he is not allowed any cheese. He understood when we explained to him we would not give him any cheese because it is not good for him. We explained we were doing this because we love him. His face shows he still has hope that perhaps one day we will change our mind.
Seamus was abandoned by the motorway when he was a pup. His previous human companion underestimated what a wonderful, loving, bright and devoted being Seamus is.
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