DRIVES & COMMON BEHAVIOR ISSUES
WHAT DRIVE IS YOUR DOG OPERATING IN?
There are three main drives that domestic dogs operate in: pack, prey, and defense. These drives are the motivation behind the development of the most common behavioral problems.
Some common behavioral problems derived from too high of a pack drive are:
Guarding of pack members (human & canine)
A constant need of attention from pack members
Dogs with a low pack drive tend to be very aloof. A low pack drive makes training much harder, as these dogs are not as easily motivated to listen to their handlers.
SOME UNWANTED BEHAVIORS THAT STEM FROM OPERATING WITH A HIGH PREY DRIVE ARE:
Chasing of fast-moving objects, including people and animals
Pulling on leash
Poor off-leash obedience
Dogs with a high defense drive are very guarded of their space. This insecurity with approaching threats sends them into fight or flight mode. A high defense drive can cause:
- Hypersensitivity to play sessions
Reactivity to approaching people, animals, and objects. This reactivity is typically expressed through lunging, barking, cowering, or trying to flee the scene.
Sensitivity to noise