The dogs I have had so far are a Schnauzer and Collie (during childhood), a Saint Bernard, two Labrador Retrievers and now a French Bulldog. Prior to Jake, none of the dogs I owned cared to hunt. Max and Melvin chased squirrels but to be honest, I don’t think either of them would have known what to do if they caught one. They’d probably have been terrified.
Jake on the other hand, well he’s like a little caveman. “Must hunt to eat”, which is totally not true since I am the one who buys all the dog food. Dude is 33 solid pounds, going hungry is not something that happens to him.
You know about the frogs, and about stalking the birds. If there is any rustling of leaves (Jake does not understand the concept of wind) he will attack said pile of leaves until he is sure nothing living is hiding there. Well now we can add bunnies to the list.
A family of bunnies lives in our front yard bushes. I’m fine with that, hopefully they won’t feed on the new flowers planted but whatever. Jake walked outside one day (he goes buggy-free on good legs days) and we were 40 feet from the front yard and yet he knew they were there. Bunny scent wafted straight up his flat face. The walk was over, he had to hunt. I of course had no clue why he was puling me towards the front yard, let alone the bushes until Bugs Bunny IV. leapt out from under some flowers and all hell broke loose in our yard. When Jake is hunting, the world around him disappears. There is just him and the prey. It’s like his own version of the Matrix. It’s so severe that I have to pick him up (he kicks and honks) and take him back inside. (In the meantime, Melvin has this look on face like: “OMG, why can’t we just take normal walks like other families. Why does Jake ruin this for everyone?”)
Once inside, he will “run” to the front of the house and try to hunt the bunnies through the walls. He may not be super smart or very fast, but he is very persistent. I have never understood prey drive until he came to live here. The fact that he knows the bunnies are there means that he will 100% always think they are there, long after they have left. We saw a cat once in a field where there are now houses and every time we walk by there, he moans with desire from inside the buggy.