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Old 12-02-2012, 08:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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so a new decoy fresh out of the millitary (8 years service MWD training, not handler) is taking on a few clients and i was lucky to be given his contact. so we are having a phone discussion and the comment comes up something like ".....but we will do it a bit different with a GSD cos they are a lazy breed..."????

did i miss the memo

so my awesome new decoy thinks he is a special school teacher cos he has to work with a GSD?????

i get they have different drives to a mal and OK less enrgy", instant drive or something but millitary personell rate/write them off as a lazy breed???

if he was referring to my individual dog it would not be as bad, but he has never seen my dog, just his conclusion about the entire breed sight unseen???
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd call a GSD anything but lazy. Our GSD is very active and very eager to train.
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...I'm not sure he knows what the word lazy means. o.O
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Maybe he meant "compared to a Malinois/Dutchie" -- as in, they're not completely insane.
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Lazy? LOL ANYTHING but lazy!


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Old 12-02-2012, 09:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Lazy is relative.
If compared to a Malinois, then a GSD might appear to be calmer and more cerebral, as in actually thinking about something instead of rushing in like a furry tornado with teeth.
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I know several military folks who work with GSDs and wouldn't call them lazy, so I don't think it's a military thing.

I would hope he means that they do have lower drives than your average Mal. On the other hand, I used to think GSDs were lazy because I'd only met some companion-bred specimens who seemed quite happy being couch potatoes. So, maybe if he's only worked with other breeds in the military and his personal experience is like mine was, he has an inaccurate view like I did.

Does the military even use Mals/GSDs exclusively? I have a friend who worked peripheral to bomb dogs in Afghanistan and from his photos and stories I got the impression that most weren't Shepherds at all. I know the one in his unit was a Labrador, or at least looked like it from the photos--definitely a retriever type.
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I know several military folks who work with GSDs and wouldn't call them lazy, so I don't think it's a military thing.

I would hope he means that they do have lower drives than your average Mal. On the other hand, I used to think GSDs were lazy because I'd only met some companion-bred specimens who seemed quite happy being couch potatoes. So, maybe if he's only worked with other breeds in the military and his personal experience is like mine was, he has an inaccurate view like I did.

Does the military even use Mals/GSDs exclusively? I have a friend who worked peripheral to bomb dogs in Afghanistan and from his photos and stories I got the impression that most weren't Shepherds at all. I know the one in his unit was a Labrador, or at least looked like it from the photos--definitely a retriever type.
the guy personally owns springers and a dutchie. the money is apparently in detection work not decoying.
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No disrespect meant, but it sounds like HE'S lazy for opening his mouth without having any real knowledge of this breed. Did his mom tell him that or did he read it somewhere? /snort
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:27 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Mine's lazy if we're not doing anything and I like it. He doesn't pace around, chew furniture or drywall, bark at every passerby. I haven't done much with him this week because we've been busy and he just lies around the house or yard. He does not constantly pester me to do something and he doesn't get destructive or annoying if I don't have time to exercise him for hours or train every single day. But when we *are* doing something he's not lazy or difficult to motivate.
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