|Barked: Sun Oct 7, '12 8:44am PST |
|Mandi, while you may know someone who has had some success, they are not the norm. Yes, any SD needs extreme socialization, but those breeds (Canes & Pressas) need as much as a normal SD GSD to just make an adequate pet. That isn't stacking the deck in your favor. You also don't seem to understand that while certain breeds (GSDs, Rotties, etc) can make good SDs for certain conditions, they can also make horrid SDs for others; the same can be said of quite a few breeds.
It isn't soo much that the breeds you mentioned need more work learning to focus on the handler, but more like they must learn (and the handler has to be committed) to teaching time/place and then following through by giving the dog an opportunity to satisfy that particular drive. Even that has a limit; one must still choose so that the animal's needs can be met. I've been working with hounds for nearly 20 years and my SD is a hound from working lines.
As for your assertion that the GSDs that Thor has seen that were/weren't anxious, I've seen quite a few that obviously (by body language) are anxious/nervous. In some of those situations it has been the wrong personality given the wrong job, but mainly, it was just that they chose the wrong breed for that particular job specialty.
Lilith, I get back up to Maryland and I'll see if the person is still around; she was knowledgeable about which Dane lines were routinely getting dogs that were making it to 11/12.
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