[QUOTENow I am confused. If as Mitty said, high pack drive is the dog's willingness to "agree to cooperate" with it's leader(owner?)(handler?), Does the 2nd dog you mention NOT recognize the handler as it's leader? I don't think that a dog that has learned easily what to do but has no willingness to agree to do what it has learned would be considered a dog that has agreed to cooperate.Let me put the question another way. What quality could the 2 dogs have in common that you would define as "high pack drive"?][/QUOTE]
An example might be
both handler and dog have a tendency to lead. The dog thinks the human has low pack drive. Like I said my brain is spent..
You can't know what you don't understand
Understand that your body posture, your voice and eye contact sez a lot. When I stand rigid, they take notice and watch keenly in what I do next. When I sit down, they are relax and come toward me....They know and are better at it than we are.
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There you go ReneeI think RookieTrainer had a good analogy but the wrong cause---like Truth, I viewed the dog's choice to break as an act to please itself in Rookie's scenario. Dog may be a team player, but sometimes the other drives and instincts override the pack drive/instinct (and training).
This has been an interesting discussion. Some of the stuff I have learned by reading Truth, Pete and Darrin's posts are starting to sink in
High pack is influence by other drives,personality traits and other sensitivities to the dogs environment.
Same with high prey.
Thats why we want a dog to have all its inate qualities in balance.
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You can't know what you don't understand
I hope that makes sense.
Edit to post: Granted this is a human thing...If I was given the best shotgun in the world(An old AYA) doesn't mean I will shoot the best of all. I might not be able to shoot the broad side of a barn. If I seek guidance in shooting 1&1, then I might be able to shoot the barn. If I ask more guidance then maybe I can shoot a moving target. I have the instrument....and right now that is only a instrument. When I gain knowledge then the instrument becomes me.
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My dog is having some steadiness issues because I have allowed him to get what he desires - the bird - without consistently giving me the performance I want - steadiness. There is no question that it is my fault. Since I know the thing he wants most is the bird, the steadiness cure seems clear: no OB = no bird. As the standard gets gradually tougher, the equation remains the same. I wish I could say I came up with this simple solution on my own.
To circle back around, unless a given dog is just stupid, to use a bad word, I am not sure that you can't use his prey drive against him to enforce at least a minimum level of pack drive - with the right mindset on the part of the trainer, that I am trying to develop. Thoughts?
So far I have found that it is working, and that when he started to understand that no OB = no bird, he started giving me what I wanted. We have a long way to go and many different situations to do this in to proof it as a new, replacement habit, but it all comes from the fact that he will do about anything to get a bird - for his own selfish reasons. Once I get it ingrained that "anything to get a bird" = strict OB, I think the two of us can make some progress.
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Instead of just putting each dog away after I run them. I make then sit and wait while I set up for the next one. Even in group training. I will take my young ones and put them in the center of the group while all the BS is going on before we start and make them sit there. This is all so good for honer ( Down)
So Pete, Extreme prey drive + Very Low pack drive = Indy? He was always the aloof one as a young dog. Only now since I have stopped really training or attempting to compete has he become a lovey dovey house pet. But somehow none of the prey drive has gone away, he has just become more responsive to me in all situations EXCEPT retrieving. And to Steve, yes what you are doing will work, if you start before the dog is completely trial wise and set in their ways. I started too late and gave up too easily. I just got another dog and retired the first one!
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