Join Date: Jan 2010
Dogs Name: Remy
Titles: BH, IPO1
Dogs Age: Patrolling with the Angels
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I understood his point, as would pretty much anyone who has a moderate amount of knowledge/experience with working dogs.
If people want to participate in Schutzhund as a sport that’s OK. IMO SchH needs “sport” people. If the only folks who participated were breeders and brokers it would hardly exist. Ultimately though the true purpose of SchH is to test dogs. The guy is explaining that he puts forth effort to help dogs be the best they can be, but when it’s all said and done, SchH is still a test. He explained that he tries to be polite but that he isn’t going to lie to people about their dogs.
A helper is the person applying pressure to the dogs. A good helper will read the dogs and work them as is appropriate to the individual animal, increasing or decreasing pressure and stimulating drives to try and achieve the most progress out of a dog every training session.
A good helper knows dogs. An experienced helper has worked a variety of dogs. A helper with LE K9 experience has seen which dogs actually perform in real life.
It’s obvious to me that the “street bite” comment wasn’t meant to be taken literally. The point is that unless you know what a “real” dog is, what in the heck are you basing your opinions on?
Or in other words, its poor decorum to run one's mouth when you don’t know what the heck you are talking about. Listen, learn, grow and gain some experience before telling other people how you’re the expert and they are all jacked up.
"If there is an afterlife for dogs where they get to do the things they love he ain't off chasing butterflies; he's now some Angel's PPD out there patrolling heavens borders and fighting demons."