|Barked: Tue Nov 22, '11 4:53am PST |
|OP, an independant breed isn't a bad thing, you can work it into a positive.
My Beauceron is one of those breeds that do things on his terms.
From my understanding of Schipperke, they will do anything for their person, which is the same that we have with Geronimo.
(I have a friend with Beaucerons that used to have Schipperkes, and she'd go back to them in a heartbeat. Said they were insanely easy to get to understand what she wanted, just like Beauc's)
The difference between a 'regular' dog and an independant....
Typically, basic stuff is pointless.
Geronimo understands what I'm asking by way of basic obedience. He typically won't do anything about it however.
He thinks repetitions of sit, down, etc, is silly.
That's normal for a Beauc. I have a friend with one, who when she took him to a basic obedience ring (she'd competed for years with other breeds) her Beauc took off, ran around the room barking at people.
If they don't want to do it, they don't.
But, he'll do anything that is necessary to take care of me, his charge.
In fact, we've been doing some looking at Geronimo's task work.
We taught him 3 things..... JUST 3.
The rest, (8 total at 8 months, and I'm not kidding) he saw a need, he found a way to meet the need, we told him we liked it.
They are super-smart, and willing to do what THEY view necessary for their people.
My friend who had Schipps says they are similar to a Beauceron. Hopefully someone with a Schipp comes in and helps more, but jut want you to see that just because they are independant doesn't mean they are bad for sd work.
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