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1- The “Desire” Drive: Basically this is how long the dog will look for an antler without giving up or being distracted. This is shown relatively early in pups (as early as 6 weeks), but the attention span of a puppy will be much less than an adult dog.
2- The “Chase” Drive: This drive is all about how the dog chases or finds an antler. Although a shed antler will not “get up and run away” the dog must have this drive in order to keep its “Desire Drive” at its peak. Dogs are pack animals, and before they were domesticated they were used to having to chase down their prey in order to survive. If they pursue what they are chasing and succeed they get great satisfaction in that and will continue to have that drive at a peak level.
3- The “Play” Drive: The best dogs to have for finding antlers are the ones that can outlast you in any play or training session. You always want the dog to think of training or hunting as “fun”. If you can keep this time as “fun” for the dog they will always want to hunt or train.
4- The “Retrieve” Drive: This is drive is exactly as it name states. Will the dog continue to retrieve or bring back the anlter directly to you. You want the dog to always be excited to play “fetch” no matter how long you have thrown the object.
5- The “Pack” Drive: This area is one that seems to be more about personal preference than what you should look for. Dogs are pack animals, depending on their status in the pack they will act a certain way.
There are 3 types of personalities in a dogs social pack system.
* ALPHA - (high man on the totem pole) If you choose a dog that has an “alpha”) personality it will most likely have a higher energy level and drive to pursue. Although this seems like it is exactly what you would desire there are also drawbacks. Generally, but not always, the rule is that “alpha” dogs also tend to give more problems when it comes to obedience. These dogs are very self confident, which can lead to great hunting dogs if their “drives” are all kept within certain aspects.
* BETA – (middle man on the totem pole) If you choose a dog that has a “beta” personality it can be the best or worst decision depending on how consistent you are with training. If you are very strict in your training the dog will understand the pack order of you as the “apha” and try to please his master. If you are relaxed the dog may try to challenge your authority, which could lead to numerous “desire to please” problems and obedience issues.
* OMEGA - (low man on the totem pole) If you choose an “omega” personality dog it will generally be more laid back and not posses as much “desire”, “chase” and “play” drive it will generally be easier to train. This type of dog generally just lacks self confidence, but with work this confidence can be built and the dog can be a great shed hunter.
Although any of the social orders within the pack can make an excellent hunting dog, I have found thru experience that dogs with the Alpha or Beta personality tend to be more suitable for hunting antlers , while dogs with the Omega personality tend to make better family pets. This is not always true, and like I said before this area really comes down to personal preference.