|Barked: Thu Jan 24, '13 8:36pm PST |
|I do agree with Cohen on this, if the main goal is sport and not the dog itself, one should start from the bottom and work their way up.
There are much easier breeds to work with, who can be brilliant workers and who can take you quite far. You might find it interesting to know, that the last few agility trials I attended, the majority of dogs running actually weren't BCs... but Goldens! Of course, the high winning dogs were often herders, yes most Collies, but its something to think about.
Picking a breed who will allow you to make some mistakes on it first, and be able to roll with those punches and walk them off for you is SO important. Because of course, you must always keep in mind, that this dog has to live with you the other 22-23 hours a day you own it when you're NOT on the field... and what goes on in those hours is VASTLY more important than what happens for the few that you are training.
I say, if you are open to the idea, pick a more "user friendly" breed to be your first sport dog. BCs are amazing dogs, but as I've said ad nauseum, not a breed you get unless it is the dog ITSELF that you are passionate about...rather than just the things it is capable of.
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