Re: Drive Threshold in SchH Training
My first dog Ryot had a VERY high threshold for agression (while he was with me he never reached that threshold, no matter what anyone did, though he was only about 16 months old). He was very self assured and never reacted to anything with agression. Now looking back his temperament was the best out of the 3 I have owned. I would much rather have an overly confident dog vs one with a low threshold for agression(that is what I would want, I'm sure others have different needs/wants)
My second dog, Rade, had a VERY low threshold for agression. One wrong move and the agression came out. He was very trigger happy (weak nerved IMO due to other temperament issues). I went from one end of the spectrum to the other and was not prepared to deal with it.
Now I would say Mace has a low to moderate threshold for agression (depending on the situation). He rarely barks but watches intently and if there is something he doesnt like he responds to it. For example, last night I was sitting in a parking lot and these two guys came out and started walking towards the car (they were parked next to us). Mace didnt respond, just watched and then they began wrestling and Mace alerted to that. Now had that been Rade he would have been barking/snarling/growling the second he saw them walking towards the car, and Ryot would not have even barked when they did start wrestling.
I do have a question though. Mace, when he's on the schutzhund field he goes straight into defense. Would that determine his threshold level, or would his everyday life determine it? Outside of Schutzhund it takes a little more to get him into defense, as he likes to sit back and wait for something to happen vs seek it out.
BTW, I only used agression as a threshold example because thats one thing all my dogs have differed dramatically.
Lyra (Sterks Aleta)~Dutch Shepherd
Mace vom Misteri, FO ~ GSD
Ryot ~GSD (my true heart dog
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