Just a "musing" post really One area I haven't done much training with Bramble is impulse control, well apart from the stop whistle I guess. I use the stop whistle for LOTS of things. We have worked a lot on calm behaviours though, going to her bed, just doing "nothing" in a field combined with rewarding for disengaging. I have also sent her "away" to a place when I thought she would become over-aroused by a situation. An example is sending her out to sit on a tree trunk because that was safer than risking her getting any closer to flapping ducks. So, she has been presenting me with a really fascinating behaviour, which has really got me thinking..does Bramble recognise her own arousal levels? This probably needs a bit of context. Bramble is high drive, actually, her drive is off the scale. She has killed a couple of my chickens, and a rabbit that got too close. She has also killed one of my ducks. Admittedly my reaction was not a positive one to the chicken, however I don't think that impacted her behaviour, or upset her particularly, although she loves to please, she is rather thick-skinned as well! So back to the fascinating behaviour. In the morning she comes out with me whilst I check on the chickens. BUT she sits neatly around about 20 feet or so from the gate. Very calm and quiet. Each day Bramble comes out, and sits in more or less the same place. I have never asked her to do this. So I wonder, does she know that at this distance she can control her high prey instinct? Does she then know that at 6 ft she can't? If so, is she then deliberating managing her arousal level?