I think what we are working on with Bison is a good example. I am sure I won't explain this exactly right, so others can feel free to jump in to correct or clarify.
Bison lived as a pet for 3.5 years before starting protection, so he didn't have much of an opportunity to express his drives. He has very high prey drive with a quick trigger. He has fight drive, but hasn't used it up until now.
Our helper has been working with him to use his prey drive to bring out his fight drive and then reinforce it. I can see a big difference from when we first started. The different behaviors include a deeper more controlled bark, more fight on the sleeve (pushing into it, pulling, basically fighting), and a more confident stance. Where previously it was COMPLETELY about playing with the sleeve, now it is starting to also be about fighting the helper to get it.
Bison (Indo vom Triton) CGC
Grizzly vom Buchonia
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