I currently have a 8 month-old BLF in training that's giving me mixed signals. While she's shown good prey (and retrieving) DRIVE up to this point, she's also shown me (to quote Ron White) that "she's got a lot of quit in her."
In the past, I've always associated DRIVE and DESIRE as the same animal...yet this pup is causing me to re-think my definitions of each. Personally, I'm beginning to see DRIVE simply as the chase-mechanism that most of our dogs posses, but in varying degrees. My definition of DESIRE would be a combination of qualities (specifically tenacity and perseverance). I believe DRIVE can be present without DESIRE, but DESIRE cannot be present without DRIVE.
While this may simply be a lesson in semantics, I still think it's a topic for good discussion. What say you?