Turning Instinct Into Drive
Instinct is a load/overload manner of energy transfer. It's how most animals most of the time make their living. Drive on the other hand is a steady-state energy transfer and it allows two beings to emotionally fuse so as their combined energies can overcome greater and greater objects of resistance. This is how complex hunting scenarios are possible.
In our domestic world, instincts are the source of all canine "problem behavior," whereas Drive is the universal solution for all these problems. Drive allows a dog to hold back and not involuntarily react to something because the potential energy of emotionally coupling (nuclear fusion) feels better than the short term relief of overloading. In Drive, a dog can learn that something that it previously had categorized as noxious, is now arousing, in other words, a negative has thus become a positive.
The problem with this GSD is that he was overstimulated in its prey instinct and then had been attacked as a youngster by other dogs. So now, whenever his owner played with him, they were unintentionally exciting its prey instinct which sooner or later was going to be trained on other dogs since this was the deepest charge imprinted into his emotional battery. In other words, because the most intense physical memories were of being attacked, and because the most intense expressions of energy were of playing ball maniacally, every ball playing session was akin to exciting the dog to attack other dogs. It was just a matter of time until the dog's emotional battery connected these to dots. This was obvious to me because he attacked other dogs just like he chased the ball, running at them at full speed and then covering them, at which point of course the dog would defend itself and so it became a self-fulfilling fear and had now taken on a life of its own. So prior to this video I taught the dog to push and to bark on command so that I could shift from the prey instinct to the prey drive, in the latter a dog has consciousness and is in the moment rather than being driven by the past (habit and instinct).
The video linked below begins by me throwing a ball on a rope toy which excites the dog's prey instinct, then I want to appeal to the pushing imprint I've established in order to loosen the dog up and get his mind back on/line so that Drive can take over. Drive is vital because it allows the dog to take in new information in real time and to feel more energy coming in (for example: sexual arousal to the form and movements of another dog rather than the prey/predator module) by learning to hold himself back rather than go down the load/overload instinctual repertoire of reflexes.
I was really excited to see him follow me and then feel light enough on his feet to jump up on me with the toy in his jaws. The backing up for the bark is the residual of the instinct trying to take his mind back over, so then I shift to pushing him away and more physical body contact and lunging him in a circle around me. As long as he's taking food then he is taking in new information and learning in the moment, the old memories of habit and instinct aren't the predominant aspect of his perception of the experience. However the toy is such a corrosive effect on his mind that he reaches his limit and begins to shut down and won't take the food at which point I wrap up the session. But the important breakthrough has been achieved, he pushed the toy into me and made contact with me by leaving his feet so I feel confident to begin exposing him to other dogs.