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Practice Identifying Which of the Five Instinctive Drives Your Dog's Brain is in Whenever You Disagree with His Behavior

This helps you learn to evaluate which drive your dog is IN versus where his brain SHOULD BE. These are not the same with an unstable dog.
On the walk, you want your dog to be traveling in the Pack drive, not hunting in the Prey/Predator drive.​​ When meeting new dogs or people, Rover should stay in the social Pack drive instead of going to the Defense drive with fear or dominance.

5 Instinctive Canine Drives

Food Drive

  • Dogs will hunt and scavenge even though they do not have to.
  • Food never used by canine mom as a reward to incent behavior.

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Sex Drive

  • Manipulated by humans with breeding, spaying, neutering.
  • Intact males can develop behavior rage if drive is denied.
  • Aside from breeding, scent of both unfixed males and females send strong unwarranted messages to other dogs which create problems.

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Defense Drive

  • Protects dog from perceived threats to health and survival.
  • Dog feels insecure, stressed, threatened.
  • Usually poor reaction choices of flight or fight.
  • Main contributor to aggression.

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Pack Drive

  • Leadership vs. follower is a given. It is black and white for canines.
  • Dogs size up one another (and us humans) immediately

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Virtually every one of your dog’s behaviors can be traced to one of his five instinctual drives. Dogs’ actions are quite predictable when we factor in the combination of instinctive animal drives plus their current environment.


“My dog is sweet and wonderful 90 percent of the time, but …”

is often how the story starts.  Clients quickly learn that Spot is only going with the flow as long as he doesn’t really care about the happenings. But when his instinctual canine drives are fueled, he will act with focused intensity.

Canine drives are the core of how a dog is currently hard-wired to think, react and behave. They are what make him tick.  If we want to work WITH a dog instead of AGAINST HIM, we must learn about canine drives and respect how our dog naturally thinks and behaves. This will make learning a process which both human and canine can enjoy together.
The animal way of thinking is simpler, quicker and more intuitive for our dogs than us humans. We humans must let go of our unnatural learned ways of thinking to work with and respect our dog’s psychology.
Canine drives complement dog training as long as we don’t push the elephant up the hill with human-based logic, reasoning, emotions and excuses. Instead of shoving our human ways into a dog (SIT!) which is at odds with mother nature, we must honor our dogs by recognizing and working with their instinctual animal drives. 


Five natural canine drives serve to predictably dictate how a dog behaves:

Prey/Predator Drive

  • Natural primal hunting and killing.
  • Replace in our urban environment with simulated games for safety.

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