The Predatory Sequence...and how to exploit it


This sequence is still relevant to our dogs now as it is a primal state of being for them. By establishing a social connection with others, the dog is able to forage, scavenge and hunt with much better efficiency and efficacy. Through this social network the dog is able to achieve a better rate of success.

In looking at the predatory sequence we can determine that there are the following phases in the sequence (according to the Coppingers):

Search quite literally scenting and listening for clues as to the whereabouts of suspected prey candidate

Eye

This is the hard stare that some herding breeds are known for, this hard stare results in a stand off by which both prey and predator can gauge who has more will to succeed.

Stalk

This is the positioning of the canid in preparation for the next phase

Chase

Once the animal is isolated and potentially stared down, an earnest chase can begin.

Grab

When the canids catch the prey animal, they will generally attack from the back. Since wolves prefer undulates (hoofed animals) the back tends to be away from the horns and more agile front hooves.

Kill

Canids will combine their efforts to kill the prey animal if it is large enough.

Dissect

Once dead the animal will be dissected and specific organs will be targeted and then muscle, fat and bone w