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Q. My dog has weak nerves and has issues with the sit/stay when he can't see me. If I switch him to defensive mentality instead of pack, will this help him? Would the Defense Drive DVD help my situation?
Hi-
I just opened the DVD sales newsletter e-mail on defense drive and it made me continue my thinking on this subject. I have a very weak-nerved dog and if I try to leave him for an out of sight stay he has a look of discomfort/stress and I realize he is not going to get very far in training if he feels this way - therefore, my thinking is he needs to feel different about the exercise... so I have been thinking if I could switch him out of pack drive (which is where I suspect he is since he is worried about my leaving him) and switch him into defense drive then I could have him feel different about it. I have seen a difference in him if I play tug then leave him - so my question is would the defense drive DVD be of help to me in my situation?
Thank you
Ann

A. What is your goal in training? If you take a weak nerved dog and stress him by putting him in defense, it’s very likely to have the wrong results. I probably wouldn’t recommend it. I would continue using prey drive, rewards and good experiences to build duration on out of sight stays. Using defensive drive is only going to make him look at anyone in the environment as a potential threat, which will make him MORE nervous.

Cindy Rhodes
  
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