The prey drive is such a powerful drive in dogs, it is the reason why they need to play. play prepares an animal for reality. Dogs with a high prey drive need more play or they get bored and frustrated. When a dog is frustrated or bored, they start to get in trouble, such as chewing the legs off of furniture, tearing up the carpet, etc. Provide your dog with a healthy level of play and many of these problems will go away. Don’t overdo it though.