|Barked: Tue Nov 27, '12 9:09pm PST |
|I think it is very important to take breed into training.
For example, if you're a force-trainer or one who uses physical corrections, you would definitely need a breed that isn't going to a) Shut down, or b) Turn back and tear you a new one.
Force-free trainers also need to be careful.
"What?! Lobo! You're an advocate for force-free training!"
Exactly. We have to be extremely creative, and honestly, not everyone is cut out for critical thinking skills. It takes a lot of creativity to train a "stubborn" dog without using force. Even I can't do it completely. I pull Lobo around all the time - and yes, even leading them on their collars to a certain area or tugging them in a certain direction on walks IS force. I just don't yet have the skills. It's why I'm so eager to learn how to train and re-train without using ANY type of force. I know it's hard. But I'm a stubborn person myself, so I'm up to it.
So, yes, breed DOES impact training in many ways. A super clingy Chihuahua is easy to teach recall and LLW(if you know what you're doing, I guess...) while an independent and roamy Akita/Husky mix is a lot more difficult.
And even in breeds, it's STILL the individual dogs.
I'm watching a puppycam right now. These Akita Inu puppies are four and a half weeks old, and you can see their individual personalities BLOSSOMING. One of the females is EXTREMELY pushy. She wakes up the others demanding to play. It's adorable to watch, really. The one I've fallen in love with is a lot more shy. She still engages with the other puppies and with people(the breeder actually sleeps in the same room and you can frequently see her touching and playing with the puppies), but overall, she's a lot more chilled out and independent. I haven't seen her really "investigate" like the other three, but she doesn't seem timid, either. I imagine she'll grow more out of her shell with each day. She's also the smallest of the four; not sure if that has anything to do with it or not.
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