DRIVES

Drives

WHAT DRIVE IS YOUR DOG OPERATING IN?

THERE ARE THREE MAIN DRIVES DOMESTIC DOGS OPERATE IN, PACK, PREY, AND DEFENSE. THESE DRIVES ARE THE MOTIVATION BEHIND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MOST COMMON BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS.

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PACK DRIVE

SOME COMMON BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS DERIVED FROM TOO HIGH OF A PACK DRIVE ARE:

  • SEPARATION ANXIETY

  • 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.

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PREY DRIVE

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

  • DIGGING

  • POOR OFF LEASH OBEDIENCE

  • SCAVENGING

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DEFENSE DRIVE

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

  • TERRITORIAL BARKING

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