It is a matter of teaching the dog to contain itself or "cap." A drivey dog can easily be taught if you are extremely consistent. it is more than taking a toy out and rewarding. You need to be consistent in every aspect of the dog's life. Teach the dog focus and to wait for it's reward. Teach eye contact and reward, then extend the time for the reward. I have extremely high prey drive dogs, higher than most would be able to handle then I build that drive even higher. When I was training Boomer as a young dog for IPO, there were days when a training revolution was 10 minutes of focused attention. Sitting at my side in the heel or basic position, looking up at my face for 10 minutes straight. If eh looked away the clock was reset and we started over. Really boring for me, but I wanted that super focus for the entire 10 minute obedience routine. You can pour water on Boomer's head and he will not look away, not for a second. I have walked Boomer through crowds of thousands of people at nationally televised Football games and he will heel with complete focus.
That started with 1 -2 seconds then built into 10, 20 30 seconds then minutes. I am very consistent with all my dogs. Sit, stay and focus before going out the door. Sit, stay and Focus when I put the food bowl down. A few seconds to start then it builds into minutes. When a dog learns to cap for all different behaviors, then you start to get results.
This is teaching capping. But, it is not just for toys, it is for everything. The new dog I have is extremely driven, hard and pushy. On my scale of drive of 0 - 10, this dog is an 11. He is a handful and has springs for legs and will push for what he wants. He had a habit of barking for a toy and getting amped up the first day. Bouncing over my head 6 -7 feet in the air. I used the same principles, sit and wait before you come out of the kennel. Sit before you go into the car or out of the car. Sit and wait before we walk out of the gate. Barking gets the dog nothing, demanding gets the dog nothing. Sitting and waiting is paid and rewarded. The dog is super high drive and has learned to contain himself and cap. No corrections are involved, just a negative marker and patience. When the dog learns how to get his reward he will do it. If the kennel door won't open until the dog is calm, he will learn to sit and remain calm until the door opens. Then he must sit and wait while the kennel or house door is open. Again, no corrections, no force, just patience and teaching the dog how to work for his reward. It sets boundaries and easily lets the dog know, in a non confrontational way who is in charge.
For Boru this is extremely important, because he will nail a person for his toy. He is very possessive and I do not want to get bit. Today, we worked on the toy issue and he showed total focus and no aggression. A big deal for me, because last week he lit up his leash when I pulled him away from his toy. One of my goals for the next two weeks is to teach this dog how to cap and how to focus on me. When you put a dog like him into drive and and stress him out, frustration can be a big issue. The focus and capping drills we are doing are paying off and designed to maintain him in a calm state during extreme chaos, which will occur in the future.
Remember, in dog training there is only black and white, there are no grey areas. When your dog learns what earns the reward, then those behaviors are given. The other behaviors, which do not get rewards are not repeated.
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance”. George Bernard Shaw
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