"We had to physically retrieve him from over 500 ft away as he would not recall." That dog was in a different zone - total disconnect . You could have gone and had a coffee and the dog would not have noticed .
this " Of course for any one of us the way this dog reacted to the snow would've just been funny and we'd probably join them while they're playing in the snow" may very well be the response for pet owners , but for a dog charged with responsibility this would have been very very wrong -- the dog does not lead the agenda . Sets a bad precedent .
"The validator thought it was a little extreme though, he should still have come back even if he was acting like an idiot: that brings the work ethic in to question. Would the dog cack out when it got stressed in a difficult taxing situation?
Stuff like this is important for raising a dog correctly and being critical enough to know when to re-route a dogs future. I am thinking of a new member , who earlier this week announced that he was bringing home a new pup , which he plans to have as his police k9 partner .
Wish I could find that post . So much goes in to the selection. I might look at the pedigree and stop right there. Then there is the selection of "the" pup, and then the development , which is not the same as a pet , which does not mean the dog is isolated, au contraire , bond and the dogs ability to bond and work with you are very important .
The OP "knows" --"I have worked with police narcotics K9s and my first partner was a 1 year old lab for narcotics. " even the mother " My first patrol partner was his mother ironically, and she would have thrown herself in front of a car to protect me, she literally never needed a leash and saved me from certain harm at least twice" .
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