I have had KC and Rayne since birth. At 8 weeks KC exhibited a LOT of drive, energy etc. Perfect working type dog. Perfect for what I wanted. Rayne was a laid back, oh there goes that yellow round thing right past me, ohhh that was a ball and I was supposed to chase it?? Really laid back and non existent drive. Nice personality but VERY laid back pup. Definition of a "pet" quality GSD. Fortunately the pet family never made the last call back to me as it would have been the match from hades. At 10 weeks Rayne came out of her puppy coma. She was jumping to my SHOULDERS to get that ball that two weeks earlier rolled right by her without a flinch of movement by her. Tugging like a fool- high energy, always thinking ALWAYS on the go.
KC at 10 weeks was like a minature adult. She still had all the drive she had at 8 weeks but totally capped. Not the typical puppy drive with crazy energy and no boundries. She looked like a 25 pound adult. She would focus on small things (bugs) and quietly and calmly herd them (or stalk them to eat).
At 6 months I took both girls to SAR training to do some quick runaways. KC SAT beside me as the victim played with the toy in front of her, got all animated and goofy as we do with pups. KC sat there looking at her like "well go get lost and I will find you. Quit acting like a lunatic." The person and I had a discussion that basicly went "She has no drive for this", I replied "get lost and we will prove you wrong". "She is a waste of time" I replied "get lost and we will prove you wrong". Finally the person walked 10 FEET and stood beside a tree. I gave KC her command and she looked at me and back at this person like "Mom, are you like totally blind she is right THERE". Finally KC got up and sniffed each of the few footprints to the "missing person" sniffed her foot, looked at me and huffed. "There I found her- you are such an idiot that you couldn't see her." Which led to the exact same conversation we had before. I figured it was now or never. I had my friend lay a REAL runaway for KC. My friend got about 10 feet away HIGHLY animated like the last person and then turned and RAN 100 yards or so and actually hid! KC sat there watching with her run and waited. I gave KC her search command and she hit the end of the leash so hard and fast she nearly pulled me on my face. Nose to the ground and she made very short work of the track and made her find.
Same scenario with Rayne- first person is acting all animated and goofy and Rayne is at the end of a 6 foot leash BOUNCING up and down whining wanting to go go go. "Now she has drive for this".
To me BOTH dogs had the same drive (still do). KC just controls herself, Rayne, well not exactly.
To this day Rayne and KC are both the same basic dog that they were at 10 weeks, not 8 weeks but definitely at 10 weeks that have the same drive, intensity and personality. Both are still excellent working dogs. KC, however, IS more animated now when she is in drive- especially if there is a stick involved.
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