You need to teach him to contain himself and use his drive to motivate to perform. First off, from what you describe he is a drivey dog. This is the type of dog that I prefer, but they are not for everyone. My male didn't settle in the house until he was 6 years old. At 9 if there is a toy or kong around he is non stop in the house. I simply remove the toys when I want him to relax, then he calms down and chills out.
It requires some skill and a lot of patience to work a high drive dog. Most folks do not understand how to do this properly. I work with a kong on a rope or a ball on a rope and ensure that my dogs from pups are crazy and high drive for them. A tremendous amount can be taught to a dog with drives as you describe. Part of the learning and training is teaching the dog to "cap" or contain it's drive. The dog get's rewarded with the toy for correct work and being calm, focused and settled. Then he gets paid.
You have a dog that wants to work and you need to make working fun and worthwhile, while he works in a focused manner. I teach behaviors with food, then train the behaviors with the toy. It can be frustrating to work a high drive dog with toys but it is certainly fun and rewarding.
I am not a fan of the dog "working for me" approach. It is one of my pet peeves. If you have a dog that will work and perform then work him and pay him with what he really enjoys. As I said, teach with food and get a reliable performance. Once the dog understands how to heel for example with food, then switch to a ball or kong on a rope. Pay when he is focused, correct and clear headed. Never pay if he is out of position, jumping or frantic. Teach the dog to focus on you with food then move to the toy. When the dog stares up at you and is focused you will see his mouth close, that is the time to pay the dog with food or a toy. If the dog is gassed then he will have trouble closing his mouth, but you will see the concentration and attempts to close the mouth as he is "capped."
Tracking is a different story, if he is a "maniac" on the track then you need to take a step back and design different tracks. You can not teach a dog to track, but we can lay tracks that teach the dog to track in the style and method that we want. I have a fair amount of experience training high drive dogs as you describe for Police and sport work. Your dog can be an excellent tracking dog with that drive, you just need to settle him in with the correctly laid track.
If he will retrieve the "kong forever" play the two ball or two kong game with him on a football field. 10 minutes of wind sprints will teach a lightning fast recall and to "out" or release what ever is in his mouth. Trust me, 10 minutes of that game and he will be gassed. Dogs like yours are a pleasure to train once you get the hang of it. Be patient, and don't get frustrated, you have something very nice to work with.
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Last edited by Slamdunc; 05-10-2015 at 04:35 PM.