A series of small articles about K9 training, selecting, breeding and just talk…
I am one of those guys that can’t stop thinking and/or talking about dogs. It’s always on my mind in one way or another. That’s why I think that at some point in time, I saw the big picture about dogs and dog training.
Or at least I thought I did…
It’s very dynamic and sometimes I need to adjust my thinking. No dog is the same and when you think you’ve found the golden rule another dog comes around the corner and throws you of your feet.
So are rules non-existing in dog training? Yes and No.
First of all, let’s call them guidelines. Rules are something you cannot go around. But you need to be able to sidestep or even think completely out of the box. If you can’t then in my eyes dog training is not for you.
So guidelines it is. They give you more freedom to do this and even encourage you to not take a ‘follow the manual’ approach but the ‘think for yourself’ way.
There is one absolute rule by the way!
Inflicting heavy pain to a dog tells more about the so called trainer than about the dog.
The right dog for the job!
This line says it all I would say. Simple and very true.
But how do you get the right dog? That’s the golden question, and it has everything to do with breeding, selecting, raising and/or testing in a proper and planned way with the intended job in mind. It all starts with breeding, but most of the time that’s out of the trainer’s hand.
I say most of the time. Sometimes I am lucky and have some say in in this. Let’s say that if we cannot have any control in this, then the guessing already starts there. Guessing is bad, as it’s a black part of the foundation you are going to build on. NOT saying it’s disaster waiting to happen, not by any means, but it can give nasty surprises. Probably the whole reason most trainers/departments and so on simply decided to skip this completely and start of with the “green” dogs. Dogs that were set aside until the adultness sets in and you can test the gaps in their temperament.
So is this the way to do it? For me no.
But I understand why this is being done on such a large scale. It takes some guessing out of it and because the dog can grow up on someone else’s expense it MIGHT be cheaper.
But there is also a big loss. So big that it’s hard to ignore. To Be Continued…