|Barked: Wed Mar 20, '13 10:55am PST |
|Cohen knows roughly 100 tricks, cues, etc. She can pick up small change from the floor, do a handstand and has a lovely sustained competition level focused heel. She also jumps on guests, pulls on walks, is reactive towards other dogs and will bark incessantly when she's excited. I work as a dog trainer.
It really boils down to a) the nature of the dog and b) the priorities of the trainer.
Some dogs are born "good", and others have to work at it. Cohen falls into the latter category. People are surprised to hear that she's not naturally well behaved because for the most part they only see her when she's working. She's loud, excitable and nervous around other dogs. But when she's working she's focused and tuned into me. For my purposes, that's what I want. I don't much care what she does when she's not working with me since she works with me so much. I put most of my energy into sports-focused training since that's what's most important to me. The other stuff is good enough to get by, and I'm okay with it. There are only so many hours in a day to devote to your dog, you know?
People's definitions of a perfect dog will vary widely depending on who you ask, so expecting a trainer's dog to precisely meet your definition of perfect might be a little foolish. I wouldn't expect a trainer's dog to be completely out of control, but I wouldn't expect a naturally sedate dog either.
Edited by author Wed Mar 20, '13 10:57am PST
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