One of what I feel is the most MISunderstood drives is "defense" or "civil" or aggression.....recently someone told me that a dog I know extremely well was being called "nervy" as he works easily in aggression..........they insist that aggression is always fear based. They are wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong!!!
I have seen helpers push dogs into aggression by threatening them - so yes, there IS defensive aggression based on fear - ie flight or fight.
BUT!!!!!!! There are dogs who are very confident who have civil aggression that is based in confidence and character. They are not common as the sport agenda has bred out this in favor of having prey dogs.....I have bred and own both types. When talking to older decoys - guys wiht 25 - 30 - 40 years in the sport....they KNOW the difference and scoff at the idea that aggression has to be based in fear. I have seen both types and really prefer a dog with real character who has aggression and fight drive - when I have watched some of these dogs are "afraid" pushed into aggression by being attacked - to get "defense" drive, I want to kick the owner and the helper in the tush....not fair to the dog....not fair at all.....a dog with real character and aggression will not need to be pushed is pretty obvious...
Aggression IS NOT FEAR.
These kinds of pups can and should be worked in prey by good helpers. If well balanced, they can and do make great family dogs as well.
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Last edited by wolfstraum; 02-15-2016 at 02:53 PM.