What is Drive?
Drive is energy and focus that can be applied towards work.
The driven dog is focused on the task at hand, and the tasks at hand in the game of disc are bite, drop, and give.
If a dog is keen and prepared to bite on cue, drop on cue, and give discs back to the handler, then a dog has good drive for discs. If a dog doesn’t do those things well, has a critical issue with one or more of them, or is so energetic that he cannot control and prepare himself to bite, drop, or give on cue, then that dog has questionable disc drive.
The first thing to do is to build drive for the game of disc and get mastery over the basic elements of the game: bite, drop, and give.
What Drive is Not?
Drive ≠ Arousal
Drive is energy and focus that can be applied towards work. Crazy rambunctious energy or flying around biting anything is not drive. It’s arousal. Many, many handlers make the mistake of mistaking arousal for drive. Don’t do this.