Focus & Drive

FOCUS: You will learn important engagement techniques including the marker system in regards to training behaviors, as well as the luring technique.
DRIVE: You will learn   .

What Is Focus

•      By understanding your dog's temperament or personality, you will be able to communicate effectively and handle your dog.  

•      All dogs have specific basic drives, which are internal mechanisms that push the dog into a particular action or to behave in a certain way. 

•      Drives are the energy that stimulates a dog to act instinctively. For example, when you throw a ball and your dog chases it with enthusiasm, the dog is displaying pray drive. The differences you see among dogs are due to the significant variations in drive intensity and thresholds-threshold, meaning how long it takes for the drive to kick-in. For example, some dogs will respond quickly if you simply roll a ball in front of them; other dogs you may have to bounce the ball or stimulate the dog more. A dog with a LOW threshold reacts quickly; a dog with a HIGH threshold requires more stimulation before it goes into drive.

•      Prey Drive represents a dog's natural desire to chase and capture prey. If you throw a ball and it falls out of sight, a dog with high prey drive will not stop until he finds it. This type of dog with what we refer to as over the top prey drive is ideal for training for search and rescue and detection work but not for family protection work as the dog would be bouncing off your walls. 

 

•      Having a high prey drive is not an indicator of poor temperament. However, it is not ideal for a family or personal protection work. Sports dogs have high prey drives.

What Is Prey Drive

•      By understanding your dog's temperament or personality, you will be able to communicate effectively and handle your dog.  

•      All dogs have specific basic drives, which are internal mechanisms that push the dog into a particular action or to behave in a certain way. 

•      Drives are the energy that stimulates a dog to act instinctively. For example, when you throw a ball and your dog chases it with enthusiasm, the dog is displaying pray drive. The differences you see among dogs are due to the significant variations in drive intensity and thresholds-threshold, meaning how long it takes for the drive to kick-in. For example, some dogs will respond quickly if you simply roll a ball in front of them; other dogs you may have to bounce the ball or stimulate the dog more. A dog with a LOW threshold reacts quickly; a dog with a HIGH threshold requires more stimulation before it goes into drive.

•      Prey Drive represents a dog's natural desire to chase and capture prey. If you throw a ball and it falls out of sight, a dog with high prey drive will not stop until he finds it. This type of dog with what we refer to as over the top prey drive is ideal for training for search and rescue and detection work but not for family protection work as the dog would be bouncing off your walls. 

 

•      Having a high prey drive is not an indicator of poor temperament. However, it is not ideal for a family or personal protection work. Sports dogs have high prey drives.

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