Re: Is Fighting Drive Necessary ?
Total beginner compared to some on this board, but this is what I have come to understand regarding the insanity when it's time for protection.
Generally, I've seen dogs taught that they start the work. They are not reacting to the helper, but pushing the helper into reacting. So a young dog that is taught that he gets to start the work, when he is brought onto the field with the context of the sleeve, helper, etc. will start barking and lunging because this behavior is what has been trained, asked for, and rewarded previously. We reward their enthusiasm.
As the dog gets older and a firm enthusiasm has been established for the work, then you ask them to contain it. Waiting until asked to let all of that go. I think I've heard it likened to a shaken soda bottle...you want all that energy taken and channeled into intensity and not into barking or action until a command is given so that they explode into that action. This is usually where you start to see "leaking". Previously they've been worked and allowed to go nuts, so asking them to sit and be quiet can be very difficult for them to achieve, not necessarily because of the dog but because of how you've trained it.
Now, I would guess (certainly wouldn't stake my life on it, because I'm definitely still learning and misinterpreting what I'm seeing or relying on others to explain) that this type of training utilizes more prey drive since you're working with younger dogs and more of a game type mentality. But that too much prey training in an already high prey drive dog can create spazzy behavior. I think again it has to do with balance. I wouldn't think you would take a dog that is more defensive and just work it in defense all the time. You'd do more prey to lighten him up. I think it works the other way too. A dog that's more prey, needs to add a little seriousness.
Just to add, this is a great thread.
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