|Barked: Sun Jan 27, '13 1:21pm PST |
|Ah, well Beardies could be said to be the OES' Einstein cousin. They are very upbeat and merry, seldom know an enemy, but....good and bad....are one of the true clowns of the dog world. Witty and masters at manipulation, they are a nice training challenge for the right person. Capable of a very high level, but bring their sense of humor to the training stage and tend to be cunning in very funny ways. You need to appreciate that side and keep training interesting....if something isn't readily availed to use their wit and penchant for entertaining showmanship, they'll find it. Like OES, for a herding dog rather stubborn. Higher energy also, but OES', reminding me a little of Giants, have some "dumb jock" thing going on. Very goofy and boisterous. Beardies use a more sophisticated humour. A little less resilient than an OES, who when bred RIGHT (and if this breed IS on your list we'd need to talk, as the OES is one of the breeds that breeds wrong really, really easily) is close to unflappable/perfect temperament if you can cope with their mayhem.
The PONS is a very different ballgame altogether. This breed has one of the fastest learning rates you are ever going to find....they are genius dogs and actually love to learn more than a lot of dogs do. Sky is the limit with them.....they have a lot of stability and character, are physically gifted, and are brainiacs who really like the process. They are, however, a bit on the dominant side (I think I can use that word on *this* forum, lol, and you can take it for that more general meaning). They can be pretty serious, are very self assured, can be very stubborn. They are a natural match for PR, which would be good for you. That approach and your terrier background might mean success. I recommend them to *very* few, but you'd be in that elite company. This is a dog who is very jolly from the outside, but inside is extremely discerning, has a pretty serious alter ego, and will feel more need to asset if he doesn't feel like someone competent is making decisions. So good structure, consistency and a lot of positive work. Fascinating breed. Def one who "needs a job."
Tell me if the PONS does anything for ya before I get into Briards
"Not saying you can't have a stellar trained pit, I just can't quite wrap my head around one as into (almost competitive yet not if that makes sense) training." Ok, well there we need to work on you They are one of the best in the business. This one is not a rescue dog....he's a breeder Pit....but HERE is a UKC Superdog (conformation, OB, agility, rally, weight pull; dominant number of Pit Bulls among all breeds to win that title), plus his Sch III. One of the most trainable and work positive dogs out there. Pit Bulls tend to be owned by idiots or by soft hearted, pet owning people who are content with happy dog behavior. Nothing wrong with the latter, but those with more of a work focus, high training aspirations, go really far with them. Very few dogs can be trained to the 100% level reliability that a PB can, and they really thrive in those settings and have the character composition to be beyond distraction. They LOVE to work and perform if you treat them like the working breed they are.
Here's another nice example, and a good read
Edited by author Sun Jan 27, '13 1:36pm PST
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