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Unread 08-08-2007, 10:15 AM   #1
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Smile A dog is a dog. --- Interesting article.

This is very good for people wanting to understand Canine drives:


http://www.canismajor.com/dog/drives.html


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Canine character test indicates dog's pack and defense attitudes

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The Martins brought home the cutest German Shepherd puppy several months ago, and the children named her Cheyenne--just like their old shepherd who died last winter.

Cheyenne grew as shepherds do, and before long she weighed 50 pounds and was a handful at the end of a leash. And she stole food, off the counters, off the table, even out of the children's hands. This Cheyenne was nothing like the other Cheyenne. This Cheyenne chased the neighbor's cat, shredded the children's socks and underwear, and liked nothing better than a romp through the neighborhood with Mom and kids chasing behind, calling frantically for her to come back. The Martins were baffled--they bought a second German Shepherd because they liked the personality of the first, but they didn't know that within breeds, individual characters can vary widely.

During the last decade or so, dozens of books have been written and hundreds, maybe thousands, of seminars have been offered that focus on understanding learning style or working style as critical to getting the most out of a student, a subordinate, a colleague, or a spouse. In the last few years, dog trainers have incorporated the same principles into training programs. First, they determine the learning style of the dog based on his personality or drives; then they tailor a training program to fit that style.

The technique of recognizing dog drives--the inborn attitudes towards the stresses of life--is an old one, but until 1991 when Wendy Volhard put it down on paper, the knowledge was passed on from trainer to protege. A founder with husband Jack Volhard of the so-called motivational method of training, Wendy Volhard attended a Schutzhund seminar taught by German trainer Jorg Silkenath. She became intrigued with the concept of drives and did further research before writing a series of articles for Off-Lead Magazine.

The concept is simple--dogs have different personalities and therefore different learning styles, and techniques that work with one may not work with another. Thus some dogs obey with almost whispered commands, and others need firm words and stern expressions. Some dogs panic at quick movements and others stand their ground. Some dogs need wide space and others are not happy unless leaning against the master's leg.


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Drives defined
The four drives outlined by Volhard include prey, pack, fight, and flight reactions.

The prey drive includes those behaviors that highlight hunting and foraging behaviors. Dogs that hunt and kill their toys (or objects of clothing, pillows, etc.), chase anything that moves, steal food, stalk the cat, and pounce on toys or other animals are probably high in prey drive.

The Pack drive involves a dog's affinity for humans or other dogs. A dog with a high pack drive cannot get enough of people; he barks or cries when left alone, solicits play and petting, likes to touch, enjoys grooming, and loves the sound of his master's voice.

The Fight drive is defensive and indicates a dog's self-confidence in stressful situations. A dog with a strong fight-defense drive stands his ground, walks high on his toes, guards his territory and his family, may guard his toys and food, tolerates petting and grooming but does not really enjoy these activities, enjoys tug-of-war, and seems ready to fight.

The Flight drive is also a defense drive and indicates a dog's lack of self-confidence. A dog with high flight drive is unsure in new situations and may hide behind his person, is stressed when separated from his person, crawls on his belly or urinates when reprimanded, and may bite when cornered.

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Great share Doberman's! Thanks for sharing!

I have a secret dream to spend time with Ozzy at the Volhard Camp! Maybe next year?

Some great stuff on the Volhard Top Dog Training site:

Canine Personality Profile

Volhard: Puppy Aptitude Test
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That is some very interesting material!
The Volhards evidently have a view of the canine mind that years ago would have been scoffed at.
I find this quote from their training page amazing:

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-teaching,
-practicing and testing,
-training the dog through positive reinforcement.
This training results in a dog that believes it can succeed, a belief that is crucial -without it, the dog cannot continue to learn and perform in a reliable, motivated fashion.
http://www.volhard.com/training/vmm.htm
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Hee hee ...

Perhaps we can go together ? LMAO!!!! Probably not but it would be cool to take our dogs there to the Volhard camp.

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That is some very interesting material!
The Volhards evidently have a view of the canine mind that years ago would have been scoffed at.
I don't know about scoffed at but perhaps thought of as " out there ". It only makes sense that the Volhard training methods work. Motivation is the key to life in general without it no one or no animal would succeed.

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I've definitely put that camp on my "to do list" — some day! I do hope it isn't just another pipe dream. I'm pretty serious about trying to make that happen when circumstances are right.
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