Arousal is a general excited state of being that is often mistaken for Drive.

Door jumping, wining, pacing, hyper-vigilance, barking, biting and nipping, and a host of other high energy behaviors can be included under the Arousal umbrella.

Arousal differs from Drive because the dog’s energy is not readily applied towards work. Arousal often gets in the way of quality work.

Arousal can be channeled into the game of disc in many cases with Attention and impulse control exercises. It can also be reduced with classical conditioning protocols.