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Old 09-04-2010, 06:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default High drive vs. high energy

Hi everybody,

I would like to get a simple and logical explanation in regards to high drive and high energy in GSD.

So, is high drive same as high energy? If not what are the differences?

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Old 09-04-2010, 06:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think drive is more focused and energy is just that...can be spastic or not attentive, just constantly wanting to go,go go.
If a dog has ball or food drive, they will do what is commanded for the reward.
Pack driven dogs want to be with their people or other dogs, if they are just full of energy they wouldn't care where they are as long as they can run, jump and play.
Kind of like a Husky...run til they get lost, but have no pack drive at all.
If you can funnel the energy into a drive that may work in shaping!
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Old 09-04-2010, 08:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When it comes to pack drive, play drive, and prey drive, I think you could describe drive as "focused energy" since the dog will do something to an end.

Energy by itself can be pretty random - like a kid running around a playground, doing nothing in particular, just running around. Drive, however, is focusing that energy to obtain a goal - catching prey, getting at that ball, getting praise/reward from people.
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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This thread is helping me a lot thanks. I was wondering this to and the different drives of a dog.
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