CarolSo 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!
I would consider Indy High pack and High Prey
I think he likes to lead and not pay attention much to the handler and he is excitable anticipating birds, and watching them. Just to excitable
He wasn't balanced in all the attributes dog must posess to be succesful in FT,,,but a wonderful dog non the less. Prey brought out his Domineering attiude
Domineering personalities often behave as Indy. They resist being led because their personality is to lead not be led. If high pack allows for a follower it must also allow for a leader.
And when the fight to train a certain way is over ,, they file right in place because the battle of wills is over. Now its time be be lovey dovey showing another side of high pack
My best guess Carol
Happy Thanksgiving to you and Ralph