|Barked: Wed Jul 10, '13 12:17pm PST |
|It's either good or icky, Sabi. Science, you know
This field has long fascinated me. Function and culture do bias breeds in pretty striking and unique ways. Breed history can be really pivotal to understanding purebred dogs.
I've had multiples of three German protection breeds....Dobermans, GSDs, Giants. And what they bring to the table and the best ways to train them are really different. GSDs you can boss. I don't mean necessarily corrections, but very often with them they are totally bratty until they respect you. It can be because you are tough, or because you really seem to know what you are doing, or that you are a major resource and they are junkies. I think one reason the debates on training that breed particularly get so heated is because they are ridiculously adaptable (you find that in their history), so you can have Mr. Prong Collar on a Young Dog Alphahead type and his dogs love to work and do fantastic, AND Mr. Clicker Only, same thing. So everyone thinks they are right, because they had this bratty dog and "their" training turned it all around. Not really....a monkey could probably train a GSD if his timing was good. And to me, off what von Stephanitz said so often, I think being an unhinged brat in front of an inept trainer was not frowned upon. I think it was taken to mean a quality dog. So that is in there.
Giants and Dobermans don't have heated training arguments, simply because they are less adaptable. A study on either of those would be far more telling than one on GSDs. They share in common, unlike GSDs, no tolerance for being pushed around. In ways for different reasons....Giants are tough minded, and Dobermans are sensitive.....but in ways for a very similar reason, which is that both have a strong sense of fair play. I.e., "that's really not cool that you did that."
Easiest to train? Dobermans by far, as long as you don't break the code and be rough with them. They learn so fast and are so naturally biddable that it is to me almost unfathomable for there to be an untrained Doberman. I don't think I've ever seen one! I've seen untrained Goldens, but Dobermans don't have their energy or neediness (Goldens seem to need to feel needed, ultilized, important, while Dobermans will just lard butt on your couch and expect service - they are the most independent, and have a bit of a prima donna thing).
Most fool proof to train? German Shepherds, by far. Huge part is not only the adaptability, but part of that is you can have same person with same dog be an utter buffoon but as soon as they start doing things better, it seems all is forgiven. Not true of Dobermans, and WAY not true of Giants.
Most handler attuned? Shockingly, Giants. That was my head trip. I was expecting some initial training stage of needing to get their focus and attention, and it was shocking to me that this is utterly natural. They always have one eye on you, never seem to race off (in rescue or with my own, I have never seen a Giant who will range off), and they are absolutely addicted to having your attention....very different from the other two. They are contrary, easily bored and mischievous, so if you don't have training chops they will just have their fun with you, but that more sophisticated "handler drawn" thing you usually need to work for is there very naturally with them.
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