Can the drive be so intense that they are too difficult to train and-or unsuitable for practical work or sport?
Ditto with David.David Frost said:Mike, I certainly couldn't disagree with anything you posted. I was just leaving a little leeway for the occasional handler that is outdogged. The dog may be capable of focusing that energy, the handler isn't.
I wanted to comment on this. There is a condition in humans called sensory integration dysfunction. It's when a brain perceives so much stimuli it can't sort it al out, resulting in some odd behaviors. My son has this problem. It manifests in emotional outburts, physical tics (his are jumping up and down, flapping his arms, flickign his ears, and when we weeded those out he started with vocal tics to compensate), a need to talk incessantly. My kid's always in hyper speed (even though we're teaching him to cope).Patrick Murray said:I've seen a couple Mals that gave me the impression that there was so much sensory information hitting the dogs that they seemed, shall I say, "scatterbrained". I would look into their eyes and it seemed like there was nobody home. But I didn't get to see the dogs work so they might be terrific at what they do.
Sure there is. These "drives" were further heightened in training to produce desired theatrical effects in sportwork, resulting in an imbalanced and unthinking animal. In a dog with too much of "drives", stabilization is a must, calmness and focus to its handler must be instilled for good communications to freely flow, before anyone can even begin any serious work with that dog.Joe Jones said:I think that there are certainly dogs with too much drive. At some point, it becomes counterproductive to the work at hand. I am sure you guys have seen some mals that just quiver and shake and foot stomp and spin and whine and whatever other annoying thing they can find to release.
I can't turn on the bedside lamp when Cujo's around, because there'll be lil spots of light on the ceiling that he's not used to seeing so he'll sit on the floor staring upwards wagging his tail, n after a few minutes he'll bark at em. If I have something in my hand that reflects, like a cell phone or PDA, he'll jump up on the wall to get at it. He goes PSYCHO for laser pointers, n loves peoples watch reflections moving around. It annoys me so much, I avoid exposing him to that stuff as much as I can, but sometimes reflections happen. Weird dogs.