Why do Beagles, Border Collies, Belgian Malinois’, Boston Terriers (and most breeds) present different dog training challenges? It’s because their Predatory Motor Sequence aka Predation Sequence creates a behavior pattern of eight events selected for some breeds but removed from others. Recognizing which of these eight exist in your dog allows you to enrich, train, reinforce, and avoid denial of things critical to their well-being. Today I’m showing you how to spot these patterns and sharing unique tips and fun games to support or redirect some of the predator sequences inherent in your dog. Enjoy!

In the episode you'll hear:

  • The 8 patterns of a domesticated dog’s Predatory Motor Sequence.
  • How to identify the Predatory Sequence traits in your own dog.
  • How certain breeds like Border Collies were bred selectively for certain predatory traits and not others.
  • How dogs present their predatory traits through play with toys.
  • The different prey drives of many different dog breeds.
  • The various ways dogs stalk that most people don’t recognize.
  • Dog training games for chasing, hunting, biting, and stalking.
  • That it’s better for dogs to dismember food toys than stuffed animals.
  • Awesome enrichment ideas and training games to redirect or highlight your breed’s predatory instincts.


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  5. Podcast Episode 58: How to Create Kid Friendly Dogs and Dog Friendly Kids
  6. Podcast Episode 18: 4 Puppy and Dog Training Games for Acquired Bite Inhibition
  7. YouTube Playlist: Target Training for Dogs with Susan Garrett
  8. Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed
  9. Podcast Episode 55: Pro Dog Trainer’s Guide to Toy Selection
  10. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You
  11. Podcast Episode 217: Understanding Emotional Regulation In Dogs To Create Calm
  12. Podcast Episode 24: Help for Dogs who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, and Neighbor’s Cats (Distraction Intensity Index)
  13. Nina Ottosson Puzzles
  14. Podcast Episode 226: Safe Toys For Dogs And Why To Avoid Tennis Balls And Sticks
  15. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett
  16. Podcast Episode 54: Dog Toy Checklist: What’s Good and What to Avoid
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  18. *West Paw Toppl Treat Toy
  19. *JW Hol-ee Roller
  20. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training
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  22. Podcast Episode 131: How Would Susan Garrett Plan Your Dog Training Sessions?
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  24. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube

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