We have a rather huge shift in mentality nowadays and the dogs are paying for it.
Would you consider a person reaching through a window in your house as threatening? I would. I might consider shooting 'em. Maybe that makes me unstable but a fence is usually surrounding the dog's territory and mine. If someone ignores the warning from the dog and reaches over anyway, I would expect my dog to escalate his response.
Again, this is not about unstable dogs but nowadays, any dog can be made to sound like he is. Years ago, dogs were expected to protect. It was accepted and people RESPECTED the dog's space and territory! I have so much sympathy for what the dog are put through now due to the level of ignorance that exists and the very unreasonable expectations. They are DOGS!
In my experience, generally speaking high sport type guys don't like Jäger. He is a typical Slovak/DDR dog... he is a Brawnson grandson. High prey, but higher civil aggression. Its funny how many people are scared of him, and I mean helpers that have 20+ years experience and are regularly handling dogs at the nationals and world level... these are guys that don't scare easily, and I've watched many of them flinch when jager comes in *clean* for a bark and hold. The best part is, Jäger eats that stuff up so it works out well for us. He knows what genuine fear of him looks like, and it is his favorite dessert. They all hate him... if I had a nickel for every time I heard "make sure you don't loose the leash" or "stay on top of him b/c he's the type of dog that will really tear someone up" or even "he is full of venom". All this for a dog that has *never once* lunged, bite, or snapped at someone on or off the field. His stare makes people get all weirded out. They never say things like that about Katya, and I have a running gag reel of all the times Katya has bitten a helper for hitting her legs, whipping at her, etc. The people who are just enamored with him are a) Police/PPD trainers, b) none-IPO sport folks (KNPV, PSA, etc), and ironically people who have little experience with dogs in general or dogs like him and find that for how scared they were meeting him, now that they feel they are "friends" and trust he won't do anything they love him. Someone told me yesterday they would literally trade all four of their dogs for him. Granted I'm sure if I said yes they wouldn't.
To me, Jäger is the ideal GSD. He isn't an all prey dog that can be taught to bite "for real" but if I knifed him in the side he'd scream foul play and get outta dodge. He's the kinda dog that you stick hit and he likes it and returns it. The kinda dog that just wants to take turns trading blows until we see who is the last standing.
Sadly, Katya, while still very much a nice balance of aggression and prey, under the current judging will always outscore Jäger in IPO. I've been told and "pressured" to do PSA by a bunch of folks with Jäger b/c they say he will be appreciated in that venue like Katya is appreciated in IPO...
still, in my mind, I would change nothing about Jäger, and I'd have katya be more aloof and less openly trusting of strangers. In the IPO world though, Katya is more what is currently sought after
And at the breed survey I did there were dogs on the razors edge of crapping their pants at my "kinda courage test" that were rated "pronounced".. I wanted to be like "Huh?? Would you like to see 'pronounced', b/c I can go get a dog out he trailer and show you what pronounced really looks like'.
I'll make my next video a display of social aggression / civil aggression, turning on and off just like my video about dominance/submission. I've used jager for this many times, showing people how you approach a dog and what real aggression looks like, as well as how approach a dog