Converting Instinct to Drive-Part Two
So here we have two whole males, both with very strong nature, and my goal here is to convert incoherent screaming (energy ungrounded in the gut) in the ungrounded male into coherent, metered barking for food (energy grounded in the gut).
We can see that the black and tan GSD has a deep metered bark and is clear about what to bite, and so is wisely choosing not to stick its wet nose into sable GSD's "hot socket." It's temperament is able to discriminate. What I'm happy to see here is that the sable GSD is taking food, and is willing to objectify its prey instinct away from dog and onto hose, and since I make hose alive, then I can serve as part of the feedback loop so that instinct can be converted into Drive through what I do and how I am able to influence the dog. From the dog's overall body language and its ability to channel its energy in my direction and in a reasonably coherent fashion. I'm ready to expose the dog to a very friendly lab off/lead, and then with Huuney, who while a very strong natured dog with a history of aggression, is now a proven flipper and flopper. Onward!