Yeah Peter I agree with all this 100%.
I beleive that is the definitive of "Work Ethic".
I believe work ethic is genetic in every being. More or less of course. Simple as that.
A being with genetic work ethic almost feeds or is empowered by stress/conflict/resistance.
Pressure/Mental Frustration is obviously psychological...and obviously any behavior is a direct result of any individuals psychosis.
Genetic avoidance and deviance equate to a lack of work ethic/hypersensitivity to pressure. Genetic independence can go either way with pressure..and you want the dog at times to completely work on it's own with no help from you...
Nevertheless, a dog with the innate desire to work with/for you displays a faster recovery time when the pressure comes on..some immediate.
A proactive mindset also goes hand in hand with work ethic because when the pressure comes on the dog tries to find a solution v.s. let the pressure "get to them" and there you see avoidance/deviance/mental breakdown or "locking up" as I call it.
Pressure is part of life and either the challenge/resistance stimulates you or deters you and this goes for most every individual.
The cool part comes in training when you solidify/encourage/reinforce the dog overcoming pressure with rewards or goal achievement and this "stress welcoming" mentality becomes the dogs functional and dependable mental construct.
With a dog like this you con do just about anything...and every conflicting or challenging situation the dog percieves is faced with confidence and thinking.
To me, not cracking under mental or physical pressure is a beautiful thing.
E-Dog - 2012 WPBTCA National Championships
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Act I, Scene IV of William Shakespeare's "King Henry VI"