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