. . . who gives fantastic advice
I bet you’ve landed here because your dog's prey drive is driving you mad. You’ve probably asked everybody you know plus the gurus of Facebook – that’s what I did with my first high prey drive dog – and are no closer to answers than you were at the start.
Do you know what? It doesn’t have to be hard. All you need is a bit of know how and I can give that to you no problem.
There is no need to wait
you can start right now.
Hi - I'm Tracey
I love high prey drive dogs. Prey drive is part of the template for a dog - AND our domestic dogs have been selectively bred to enhance some parts of it.
I am on a mission to help you understand your dog's prey drive - and learn to see how you can work with it to make both of your lives better.
I didn't always feel the way I do now. In fact, I chose the breed of my first dog in large part because they are meant to have a low prey drive. It wasn't something I wanted to deal with.
I avoided hounds, terriers, herding breeds, gundog breeds - and instead got myself a Bullmastiff. Do you know what? It didn't work. He would chase deer for long distances and he would kill and eat rabbits.
And then he became aggressive toward other dogs.
I started learning. I became a Tellington TTouch Practitioner and I spent 5 years at Bishop Burton College doing a BSc (hons) in Canine Behaviour and Training.
My dog was transformed. No more chasing wildlife and no more being aggressive toward other dogs. So . . .
enter Cuillin. I was done with behaviour problems and wanted a dog who was going to be better at heelwork to music than my Bullmastiffs.
Cuillin was a Collie cross and I had big plans for us.
Until he reached a year or so old and started hunting. And then disappearing for hours at a time.
There were lots of tears from me when that started happening.
So I started learning again. I worked at it until I understood how to work with Cuillin so that he could do what he loved and I wasn't left waiting around for hours. I was hooked.
I went back to Bishop Burton to study again. This time for an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Training.
I was lucky that during first year of the course, Serendipity the cocker spaniel came into my life.
I spent my time studying and carrying out research into prey drive in dogs while also practicing every single day with my glorious young high prey drive dog.
I passed my MSc with distinction and a fire to share my wealth of knowledge about reward-based, effective and kind training for high prey drive dogs.
Ethics in dog training are a key part of my business. Many years ago - long before I ever had dogs - I spent 4 years at Glasgow University getting an honours degree in Philosophy. That time helped me to see that ethics are so important.
Tracey was incredibly supportive and gave fantastic advice to tweak what I was doing.
If you're wondering about whether it would be the right course for you - it is.
No time consuming training
Learn what you need. Fit it in easily through your days - and have fun doing it.
Trust me. I'm pretty lazy and managed to run a business, pass my MSc and train a high prey drive puppy.
All during a global pandemic.
No more wild dog
I've never had a conversation with another dog owner on the street as they would usually be looking on in horror at my wild dog and me. This was most definitely a win, the man was smiling too and his dogs did not respond with barking, the first time in 3 years!