Bacon Drive; Do YOU Have it? Does Your Dog?
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Bacon Drive do you have it? That overwhelming desire to do anything to eat bacon?
Remember the old commercials:
What Would YOU do for a Klondike Bar??
Recently I saw a meme on Facebook saying “I know what you did for that Klondike Bar” and you are gross”. I still giggle; admittedly mostly to myself.
So do you have Bacon Drive? This isn’t meant to be a discussion about vegan-ism I am happy for you all to make your own choices.
The truth for me is that I HATED bacon as a kid. I remember getting in trouble as a small kid, I guess I was 6 or so. My family had planned a camping trip and I told my mom I wanted to go but I refused to eat bacon.
I hated bacon cause the way my mom made it; was all limp and greasy.
I actually like it now… basically if it has bacon on it I will eat it.
And, the camping trip was cancelled totally to teach me a lesson about putting my foot down on any subject; and so the rest of the family would hate me for a while for ruining our vacation. Don’t get me wrong, I was forced to eat bacon, we just didn’t go on vacation that year. Tough love I guess.
Most people love bacon. And, most dogs would love bacon, however bacon being greasy and full of fat and dogs having a limited ability for their pancreas to digest that kind of fat; bacon can kill dogs. SO JUST DON’T DO IT!
Your Dogs Drives
The idea of the articles is to talk about your dog’s instinctual drives.
I have a friend who cracks up because as people we refer to anything a dog wants as a “drive” .
- Ball Drive
- Toy Drive
- Cat Drive
- Squirrel Drive
- Nap Drive
- Exercise Drive
- Fight Drive
- Add Whatever Suits Your Fancy
Truly there are only a few basic, instinctual drives.
So when I hear someone say “ball drive” (and sometimes I am guilty too)… it makes me giggle.
Real Dog Drives
Food; all dogs need food to survive
Water; all dogs need water to survive
Sex; all dogs need sex (provided they are not neutered) to continue the species
Territorial; most dogs (those intact especially) have a drive to protect what is theirs, their food, families, females and anything else they deem worthy.
Prey; all dogs have prey drive so that they can catch their food and survive
Defensive; all animals have a defensive drive (except maybe badgers… badgers are just down right aggressive ha ha). This is the fight or flight feeling. The dog has a fraction of a second to decide he can fight and possibly win, or run for the hills and save his life. Defensive drives keep you alive.
These Are Your Dogs Only Drives
I can use food drive to teach my dog to perform for food, something he needs to survive. (no bacon!, but cheese, dog treats, carrots, his own food)
I can use water in the same way (although I believe this is sad). Unless you are making your dog sit in so that he doesn’t spill his water on you; making him work for water is unfair.
You can use sex as a motivator, but the instinct to breed is harder to control than the instinct or desire to eat.
Usually we are trying to control territorial behavior in the opposite way (unless you are talking about dog fighting). We try to teach dogs that by sharing their space, beds, food, toys, and siblings they can get what they want in life.
If severe enough in my opinion territorial drives can be controlled but never changed. If left alone to the dogs’ own devices this is where a lot of dog fights happen because they can learn to share with you around, but refuse to share when alone (remember sharing doesn’t always keep you alive in the wild).
Prey drive (my favorite) we utilize prey drives to teach dogs to herd, to teach them to hunt, to teach them, to play and to use play to manipulate them to do things for us.
Think of all the wildlife programs you have watched over the years where the baby cubs play with pine cones, chase rocks, and find other things to play with… this play is grooming wild animals to someday hone their chasing and prey skills so that they can eat.
I doubt you would see a mother lion playing with a ball of yarn.
However our dogs don’t have the impending death and drama wild animals have to deal with, so they stay in a state of play and catch.
Those who don’t play… wouldn’t make it long in the wild!! 😉
This is the drive that says “GET OUT” or “FIGHT”.
If I am alone in an elevator a man threatens me for my purse I’m going to give it to him and run like the wind when I am able.
If I am in crowded McDonalds and an 11 year old punk comes up to me and tells me to give me my purse or get in his car I am going to fight like a prize fighter. The chances are in my favor not to go when others are around.
When your dog sees a statue, a jack hammer, a person with a hoodie over his head… he may go into defense or either try and kill the thing he doesn’t recognize or run away.
Defense is a scary drive because the dog is usually a millimeter away from either biting or running.
Many in the protection world want a defensive drive dog, because they look tough fighting and frothing, but they are so close to buckling and running away, plus they are very hard to control because they are simply scared, it is not reliable.
There is no “FIGHT DRIVE” what you are seeing is the fight the fraction of a second before your dog decides to run.
The Drives You Want to Use
Food Drive; make your dog work for food! He will do anything for you if
you control his food.
Prey Drive; (call it ball drive, toy drive, Frisbee drive, hose drive I don’t care what you call it but if you want to be correct it’s prey drive) but use that desire to chase and play to sculpt his obedience and get him to do what you want.
At my house, Prey Drive rules!!! My dogs love to play!
What’s your drive? Do you have Bacon drive??
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.