Training against prey drive?
Okay, so I realize I may not be able to do anything about this, but there are some great training minds on the forum and I would love some insight and suggestions.
I have a Rhodesian Ridgeback/ Greyhound mix with a very strong prey drive. We do not allow her around small children or small animals or dogs. However, I wonder if there is a way to at least get her around small dogs SAFELY and supervised of course, to work with her on better socialization and to not view the small dogs as prey. Her social skills could use some work, but she does okay mostly with medium sized and larger dogs. I have some limitations regarding working on social skills with both of my dogs ( the other a skittish sharpei, who I worked with alot as a pup, but she has never outgrown her scaredy cat ways, so she is a challenge as well). Due to some health issues, neither can be vaccinated ( including rabies unfortunately, although they have both had the vaccination in their lifetime). They both view me as the alpha, however when the prey drive strikes the Ridgeback, it's difficult to "snap" her out of it. I can put her in a sit stay, but the stay part does not work out well. TIA for any input/ insight.