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04-05-2014 06:56 PM
glowingtoadfly
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Drive state can switch up depending on what the motivation is. My dog is fairly high drive, though balanced....but it kicks up bigtime during protection.
Now that he's mature, he is more self controlled. Had I put a ton of compulsion on him to gain that control, I'd have a dog that did the routine but not with the power and enthusiasm that he does it now.
He doesn't have that same level of drive when it comes to tracking because the motivation to track for articles isn't very valuable. I bet if we man tracked or did trailing style, he would be more enthused.
This is part of the reason we are trying to steer clear of compulsion. We are just letting them mature. Skadi is also getting better self control as she ages, as was evidenced by her new ability to play tug without mouthing and to be able to stop to be given commands.
04-05-2014 06:52 PM
glowingtoadfly
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I learned when I discovered there was no end to his ball drive. One day, we just kept playing and playing. We're talking hard core running and fetching. He wasn't tired but I was. I realized we had been playing for over three hours and he wasn't tired. Once we did SAR and he would be the dog that searched the longest and hardest, It kinda solidified the high drive thing.

I love it, personally. A dog with high drive has been so much fun. Sometimes it's rough, but usually it just leads to fun and adventure.

I will say from the time he turned one until when he turned 2 was the hardest. There was no amount of exercise that could quell his drive. He was also in his butthead stage, so it was worse. Once the off switch developed, It was like night and day.

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Yes, we are definitely seeing an off switch develop. She's at her second birthday and is currently relaxing. She was quite the butthead too between her first and second birthday. I think I'm going to throw an off switch party.
04-01-2014 06:00 PM
glowingtoadfly Thanks!
03-31-2014 11:16 PM
Blitzkrieg1 Medium drive, add some pressure to the training and you will know for sure.
03-31-2014 09:49 PM
glowingtoadfly
Andrew training Skadi with a tug, sorry for poor quality:-)
03-31-2014 08:43 PM
glowingtoadfly http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=e...&v=xdGgKV6Secw
Here is a video of my husband training Skadi with a ball.
03-30-2014 10:37 PM
glowingtoadfly
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I'd be willing to guess most of the dogs owned by people on this site, especially the ones in pet homes, are not high drive dogs. A dog with drive doesn't mean the dog is high drive.
"Very fun, drivey little girl, ball crazy" was her description by the breeder, and a friend of mine who has known her since she was a pup, who does schutzhund and is a teacher at the local GSD club, (martemchik on here) said she "has drive pouring out of every hole in her body" lol:-) It's true, she is crazy fun to train and very enthusiastic. I'm going to ask the helper for a third opinion.
03-30-2014 10:23 PM
mycobraracr
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I'd be willing to guess most of the dogs owned by people on this site, especially the ones in pet homes, are not high drive dogs. A dog with drive doesn't mean the dog is high drive.
03-30-2014 10:21 PM
Lucy Dog
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So today, I did a test, and just relaxed all day, and trained a little, let the dogs out to play once in awhile. Both were able to settle in the house without a problem, though first thing in the morning Grim, the eight month old, kept bringing me junk mail to trade for treats and tried to eat a pillow, after breakfast he settled down and napped. I have noticed that before they have eaten, they are both more frantic with trying to destroy things because they both know that I will get them a treat if they get into something they shouldn't have. Maybe they are both hungry earlier and need a snack and are frantically trying to get treats out of me!
Mine get antsy when it's meal time too. I try to feed them at different times, so their internal clocks don't always go off at the same time and they start bugging me to feed them. As soon as they get their meal, they typically settle fairly quickly.

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The helper told us that Skadi doesn't have crazy drive, that he has seen higher drive dogs than her. Maybe I will ask him his opinion.
I'd be willing to guess most of the dogs owned by people on this site, especially the ones in pet homes, are not high drive dogs. A dog with drive doesn't mean the dog is high drive.
03-30-2014 10:11 PM
glowingtoadfly The helper told us that Skadi doesn't have crazy drive, that he has seen higher drive dogs than her. Maybe I will ask him his opinion.
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