Today I will talk about the Fight Drive. The fight drive is genetic and can not be trained or taught. The dog either has it or he/she doesn't. A dog with high fight drive can also be social but when presented an opponent he/she will strike with intent and purpose. A high fight drive dog is very confident he/she will win the battle. This confidence is something that can be, not necessarily taught, but heightened. A dogs confidence can be raised through training. This drive is very important when we train full service dogs and personal protection dogs. When given the command we want these dogs to engage the subject to protect us or our families. We also want these dogs to have the confidence that they will win every time. We never want these dogs to second guess themselves.
This concludes the drives that a dog possess.
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The next drive I will talk about is the Prey Drive. The prey drive is a dogs natural desire to chase and catch/kill prey. A dog with very high prey drive is an excellent prospect for a search and rescue, detection, or tracking dog. A high prey drive dog will chase a ball/toy and if he/she looses sight of the ball will not stop searching for it until he/she finds it. Typically when we train a dog to be a personal protection dog or family dog we do not want a very high prey drive because he/she will not be able to relax while with the family or inside the house but there is always an exception. When we train a dog to be a sport or working dog we look for a high prey drive. Prey drive is a very important drive to have for working dogs. We want the dog to chase suspects and/or search for suspects or individuals in a search and rescue situation.
On Monday I will discuss another drive. Again if anyone has a comment or idea do not hesitate to comment on any post.
The next drive I will discuss is the Defense Drive. This drive is an instinct to defend its self and his/her pack. This drive kicks in when he/she perceives a threat which causes the dog to bark, growling, and biting. The dog does this to drive away the threat. If the dog has a low defense drive a threat may make it hide behind its handler and is easily frightened. We want a dog with a strong defense drive. With the strong defense drive we must have a balance of strong nerves also. If the dog does not have strong nerves then he/she might perceive a threat that is really no threat. If every loud noise is perceived as a threat the dog may bark all the time and show aggression when not needed. Another reason we want a strong defense drive is the dog may perceive something or see something that we have not and in return will alert us to the possible threat.
On Friday I will discuss another drive.
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Well I did not get any comments listing the drives a dog has so I will go through each one and describe them and how they relate to training.
The first drive we will talk about is Pack Drive. Dogs are pack animals. The dog's natural desire to fit into a group is pack drive. A dog with low pack drive is a very independent dog. A dog with a high pack drive can not get enough of humans and can suffer from separation anxiety. We do not want a low pack drive dog to train because he/she could care less during training. We also do not want a high pack drive dog to train because he/she will look to its handler for help and will only want to stay close to its handler. We want a dog with proportionate pack drive because he/she desires to maintain its place in the pack and please the higher ranking members in the pack. With this being said it is very important to establish yourself as the alpha in the pack so then in return the dog is wanting to please you as the handler (higher ranking member). This is why the Pack Drive is very important in training.
On Wednesday I will discuss another drive. Again feel free to comment on any of my blog posts.
I forgot to add we still have puppies available. If you have not seen our recent video of them it can be seen on our Facebook page.
Our whelping building is finished except for putting wood up on the ceiling. We will do that after we do not have a litter in it. It has electricity, its own heating and cooling system, and two whelping stalls with cameras in them so we can monitor whats going on while we are away.
I have been able to do more bite work with Sasha and Bauer. They are progressing well so far. We are still waiting for Bauer to come into season so we can breed her and of course nature is being stubborn. I have been letting her and Titan out to play together so she is around and interacting with an intact male. I have also moved Sasha away from Bauer and Bauer is in the kennel next to Titan.
There has been no comments on here so I am posing a question to readers: What drives do dogs have?
I will post the drives in the next blog post on Monday and then we will talk about them more in detail and how to use them while training. Do not hesitate to list one or all or to comment on any blog post.
Now that our whelping building is near completion I have been able to work on some bite work with Bauer and Sasha. Its important to have a solid foundation on obedience before starting bite work. One thing I love about the Dutch Shepherd breed is their trainability. With positive reinforcement these dogs will do almost anything you want them to. Sasha started out on a bite pillow. This wasn't her first time on a pillow and she had remembered the out from previous times. I then put on a puppy sleeve and she had a good full mouth bite on it. I slipped the sleeve and ran Sasha around with it. She held it high and pranced around with it. We did this several more times with positive results. I then got Bauer out and started her out on a puppy sleeve. She got a good full mouth bite and I could definitely feel her pressure. It was a little harder to slip the sleeve but I did and ran her around with it. We did this again and she outed very clean. Bauer's excellent obedience will make her bite work easier because she outs immediately on command. We did this several more times with positive results. After working Sasha and Bauer, everyone was brushed, fed, and watered.
I weighted the pups and everyone is getting bigger and more active. They are playing with each other and wrestling now. I also clipped the tips of their nails so they do not scratch Sago as much while nursing. We will have more up to date pictures of the pups soon. We still have available pups for sale. Feel free to contact us with any questions or for more details.
The paw behind our logo is from our Dutch Shepherd Casino. Casino was the first Dutch Shepherd I trained. He became a full service police dog and was trained in narcotics, article search, tracking, cadaver search, obedience, agility, building search, and apprehension. Casino and I assisted in training new handlers and dogs. Later we went through other specialized training like crowd control and building searches with a team. We went through recertification every 6 months. Casino and I worked together for approximately 5 years. Casino was then signed over for me to keep. Casino adapted extremely well to not being a working dog. At first I thought he needed to be in a crate while we were not home but the wire indoor kennels were no match for him. So he was then left out while we were gone and never destroyed anything. Casino was great in the family setting and enjoyed playing with my kids or cuddling with anyone he could as long as he knew you. In March of this year we noticed his abdomen was swollen. Casinos behavior or eating had not changed. I took him to our vet and had an x-ray done. Unfortunately Casino had a large mass. The vet said they could remove it but it might be really hard on him since he was almost 11 years old. We opted to have it removed to hopefully have him with us for several more years. The surgery went very good and removed an almost 10 lb mass from him. The vet and I were shocked. The vet said the masses get quite large in the abdomen because they are not noticed until they get large. Casino lost a lot of blood during surgery and needed time to recover. He was recovering well at home but later his breathing became labored. The vet determined he had fluid in his lungs and was afraid he might develop more masses after the one was removed. With no improvement and very heavy hearts we knew it was time so he did not suffer. I made arrangements for our vet to come to our house so Casino would be at home and with us when we said our final good bye. Colette got home from work and we brought his bed done from our room. Casino laid on it and we laid with him comforting him. While we both petted him we told him it was okay. Before the vet got to the house Casino took his last breath and passed at the end of April. We knew Casino was waiting for us to be with him and to know it was okay before he passed. Casino will never be forgotten. We got his paw print molded in clay and then later I made a stamp with it. We wanted to use Casinos paw print in our business logo cause he is the reason we fell so much in love with the Dutch Shepherd breed. He will forever be apart of us and our business.
Lets back up a little, I have been asked what whelping is from a family member. Whelping is the process of a dog giving birth to puppies. Most of the time the female needs no help or minimal help during this process. Our female, Sago, was one of those and only needed minimal help from me. There was one pup I assisted her in getting it to breath and one I had to break the sac open while I was walking her. Yes the puppies are born in fluid sacs and the female breaks them open. The pup has about six or so seconds after being born to be out of the sac and start breathing. There is always some concern on the time between the puppies coming out. Sago went about two hours in between puppies but was relaxed and not stressed. There was one point she went between three and four hours that I started to be concerned, but she was relaxed, napping, and was not stressed. Also having the puppies that had already been born to nurse helps the whelping process as well benefits those puppies. After birth, and every day we weigh our puppies to make sure they are gaining weight. The picture above is one of the puppies, a little over two weeks old. They all have there eyes open and are beginning to get up on all fours and walk. They look like they are going to be big beautiful Dutch Shepherds.
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The pups are now 2 weeks and a few days old. They are all opening up their eyes and starting to walk and become more active. All are gaining weight and getting big. I have been doing the Early Neurological Stimulation on each pup. This program also known as the "Bio Sensor" program and also the "Super Dog" program. This program has been known to give the dog a superior advantage through five different exercises. The five exercises are Tactile Stimulation, Head Held Erect, Head Pointed Down, Supine Position, Thermal Stimulation. These exercises are done each day with each pup. The benefits from this program include Improved Cardio Vascular Performance, Stronger Heart Beats, Stronger Adrenal Glands, More Tolerance to Stress, and Greater Resistance to Disease.
Our whelping building is much closer to being finished and we have been working hard to get the Impact K9 USA name out there.
Bill Kennedy has been working and training full service K9's for over ten years.