I was watching a demo from one of the local trainers here, and he stated that besides consistent training, ALL demo dogs you see are never allowed on the furniture ,which is why they are so sharp. His dog was certainly sharp and really enjoyed working,but I can't really say that I agree with him. His point was that dogs who are allowed on the furniture will never listen as well as his. When I was leaving I know that several people were so impressed by his dog that they hired him for their dogs. One of the ladies had two Belgian Malinois,and mentioned that she feeds her dogs canned food twice per week. The trainer immediately recommended that she stop, because that's another 'indulgence' that will affect how sharp her dogs are,if she wants them to be as good as his
. This guy was nice in his own way and had a great dog,but I doubt that he has met every other dog used in a demonstration.
For those of you who have working dogs, do you find that having them get up on the furniture,effects how sharp they work for you?