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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Bill Kennedy has been working and training full service K9's for over ten years.