WDD Presentation Hunting Together


„Hunting Together“ – Harnessing Predatory Chasing through Motivation-Based Training

Von 19:00 bis 21:00

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Wildlife Detection Dogs e.V. WDD


When working in the field, a sniffer dog that chases wildlife is a no-go! Conventional training protocols stifle the dog’s natural predatory behaviours through punishing or constantly forcing them to return. These restrictive protocols work against the dog’s nature and eventually even stifle your dog’s motivation to cooperate with you and search.

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

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 our dog’s natural drive.

Instead of making discipline the nagging factor that spoils motivation, this training system will help dogs and their handlers to grow as a team!

In this training presentation we are going to discuss:

  • What is predation?
  • Why do our dogs love to hunt?
  • Why is predatory behaviour so hard to interrupt?

To stop a dog’s predatory chasing and see real-life results in the field, the four aspects of Predation Substitute Training need to become a part of the dog handler’s training routine:

  • Prevention: How to structure outdoor time to set our dogs up for success
  • Predation Substitute Tools: These tools help the dog to control their urge to chase in a healthy way when they come across wildlife in the field
  • Predation Substitute Games: A new way to express predatory energy in a safe, controlled environment.
  • Safety net: Building a strong “emergency cue” to immediately interrupt predatory chasing.

The presentation will be in English.

Simone Mueller, MA is a certified dog trainer, dog behaviour consultant (ATN.AG) and owner of the Training4Paws Dog School near Heidelberg, Germany.

She specialises in force-free anti-predation training and is the author of the two books of the Predation Substitute Training series “Hunting Together” and “Rocket Recall”.

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).