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    Angry To Much Drive?

    When or can a dog have to much drive? Can to much drive be corrected through proper obedience training? Any suggestions would be apprecieated.

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    Yes it can be controlled. You have to be firm and consistent.
    I recently had a dog like that. For the first time I used a pinch collar instead of a choke chain. I highly recommend you do this.
    It drastically improved his ob and made steadying him so much easier. I think I posted a video on this.
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    To much drive is usually another way of saying dog can't focus it gets so excited.
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    As an amateur, I'd say a dog could have too much drive for me as I'm not experienced enough to work with that type of dog. Think most pros feel a dog can not have enough drive. JMHO.
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    To much drive is usually another way of saying dog can't focus it gets so excited.
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    Well said Mike. I can't think of the word but, maybe it's craziness, or maybe wildness. Maybe "undirected drive." It's often misconstrued as high drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Labs R Us View Post
    As an amateur, I'd say a dog could have too much drive for me as I'm not experienced enough to work with that type of dog. Think most pros feel a dog can not have enough drive. JMHO.
    So what you are saying, as an amateur, you are better able to handle a dog with minimal to little drive? I certainly cannot, nor will not tolerate a dog with minimal drive. How do you "train" that drive into them? I can't put into a dog what was not put there by breeding. To me, and is my preference, the very high drive dog. It is so much easier for me, as was with with my Raven dog, to have a dog "break" and shake during FTP work. I never, ever had a go problem with her ever. Line manners is another story! but I can and have fixed that easily. Training the dog that would rather retrieve than anything else in life is not only a pleasure but easier, not to mention much more rewarding to watch work. The dog that kicks dirt in my face leaving the line for a blind after picking up a triple is my kind of dog. This isn't for everyone and that's why people buy dogs other than field trial labs! Too much horsepower for some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Lash View Post
    Well said Mike. I can't think of the word but, maybe it's craziness, or maybe wildness. Maybe "undirected drive." It's often misconstrued as high drive.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Backwater View Post
    So what you are saying, as an amateur, you are better able to handle a dog with minimal to little drive? I certainly cannot, nor will not tolerate a dog with minimal drive. How do you "train" that drive into them? I can't put into a dog what was not put there by breeding. To me, and is my preference, the very high drive dog. It is so much easier for me, as was with with my Raven dog, to have a dog "break" and shake during FTP work. I never, ever had a go problem with her ever. Line manners is another story! but I can and have fixed that easily. Training the dog that would rather retrieve than anything else in life is not only a pleasure but easier, not to mention much more rewarding to watch work. The dog that kicks dirt in my face leaving the line for a blind after picking up a triple is my kind of dog. This isn't for everyone and that's why people buy dogs other than field trial labs! Too much horsepower for some.
    No, what he's saying is that he has a crazy s.o.b that's driving him nuts as he tries to get enough control of the beast in order to train it.

    This happens frequently, IMHO. Most often as a result of inexperienced people buying pups out of dogs that were a handful for Pros to train, though this type of dog could be the product of any type of breeding.

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    Yes, there is such thing as too much desire. I've witnessed one that was washed out because of it. QAA dog. Loved watching him run. Could only imagine him duck hunting.

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