|Barked: Tue Jan 29, '13 8:05pm PST |
|It's really good for your first turn with many breeds to be open-minded, "if not x, we could do y." Pet first, then see where he takes you.
In horses, very often up-and-coming riders heading into more elite competition earn their chops on a veteran. A horse who still has the ability, knows the ropes, can compensate for green mistakes, sometimes even help a rider avoid them. All they need to essentially do is steer , and the veteran will be a fine teacher from there.
Dogs don't really have that equivalent. You are best off getting to know a breed and figure out his intricacies and nuances first, rather than tackling that and a challenging training venture all at once. That's like a double whammy. And when talking about bitesports or PPD prospects, you are entering with dogs of more intense drives....so make that a triple whammy! You essentially need to get lucky. In horse talk, that is "over mounting" yourself.
So if you want to do bitework, your best bet is a GSD, a breed that is not particularly tricky. It's more like a choice in other words.....do you want a Beauceron, or do you want to do bitework? With something like a Beauceron all the more true, as trainers in your area may not be breed experienced, either, which isn't going to be helpful.
I myself have Giant Schnauzers, and even for really accomplished trainers and clubs, some get them and some don't. Their training has to have a lot of play orientation and some unpredictability to it to keep them interested. If you don't have chops with that, the breed will give you some trouble. So that's a whole level, too.
Rome isn't built in a day. You can either start with a tougher breed with one you are going to learn on, with the goal that he prepares you for your next, which would be more distinctly your working prospect. Or, start with an easier breed for the pursuit as a teacher.
If you want to do Schutzhund and want a dog to facilitate that, start with a GSD. If you love Beaucerons and envision one day titling one or protection training one, then have a starter you learn on, and once you feel breed fluent, then get your working prospect.
That's really the best attitude. It depends on what you want more...the breed or the ambition. Hope that made sense.
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