I realize this is an old thread, however Rick's comment got me a bit curious.
Originally Posted by rick smith
do you feel a bond is built on affection ???
please explain .. that's a strange concept to me
- or maybe we just have different views on what a bond is
Wouldn't the answer to that be partially yes? I think that hanging out and showing affection to your dog can help build the bond. As can training, working together, generally spending time together, finding out what makes the dog tick and feeding into that, then using praise, food, toys, etc. to reward the dog and build upon the relationship. I think it all matters.
While not specific to working dogs or drive building, I think that the relationship is what the bond is built upon, however affection would seem to factor into the whole reward system of the dog's psyche, if that dime store dog psychologist talk makes any sense. Would I be wrong in thinking that?