|Barked: Tue Dec 4, '12 3:08pm PST |
|Giant Schnauzer! They are very tricky that way, and generally like to inject fun as they bore so easily....repetition, the hallmark of so much training, disengages them....so if only for their own entertainment and to keep things lively, they definitely are prone towards that. To work with them well, their number one requirement is your evolution as a handler....you need to keep it and yourself interesting, mix it up, keep them entertained. Train them right and they are capable of tremendous precision, but are equally capable of being rather unruly if you don't know what you're doing.
That's what I think makes them the most challenging. The award typically goes to the Bull Terrier, justifiably. But I think with Giants, their potential as to what they CAN be....the sky is definitely the limit with this breed, who knows no boundaries and will turn his guts inside out to please you when he finds it and you worthwhile....does give them some serious consideration for the title.
I personally find low drive the most challenging, particularly when coupled with stubborn. I have that now with my Daniel the Spaniel, who is the most under trained dog I have ever had, but he really doesn't need much. He's ultra stable, never in a rush to get anywhere, very unflappable. So I eventually figured, what's the point? He doesn't pull on the lead naturally, it's not like his behavior needs conditioning at ALL - nothing concerns him (dogs can lunge at him and he'll just keep sniffing the ground), never ranges far, very tolerant towards handling any way you want, etc. He's very enthusiastic to work for food, but he's got so much constancy that's he's really hard to interrupt when he's got his mind fixed on something and if he knows you don't have food sees little point. It just got to be too much of a drag....for I think both him and for me....so I work him on "sit" and there he is solid. That's really all we need and I've been officially retired...by him or by me I really can't tell....as his dog trainer
Edited by author Tue Dec 4, '12 3:24pm PST
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