|09-16-2013 04:20 PM|
|Liesje||I got talked into attending a local GSD club meeting. I have not joined the club, mostly because it is primarily ASL folks that organize AKC GSD shows and specialties which are not my thing and I only have so many sports and events I can support, but at that one meeting I met a few people that have lately proven very valuable connections. I may not always appreciate the same type of dog/GSD but there's no different in dogs when it comes to health and breeding. They've helped me with some of the "nitty gritty" of breeding and canine reproduction, stuff you can't learn unless you're working with more experienced mentors. I'm very grateful to have these connections.|
|09-16-2013 01:13 PM|
|09-16-2013 12:47 PM|
|Konotashi||I did a lot of listening, and what I heard about GSDs is that there just aren't a lot doing the sport in the states. Overseas, yes, but in the states, most people opt for IPO. Thankfully I didn't hear anyone say GSDs weren't capable of it, though - really upped my confidence, versus what I've been reading on the forums.|
|09-16-2013 12:40 PM|
Yepyep, this is SO true!
The flipside though is that it's not always possible. I've been getting more curious about ringsport lately (probably because I've been looking into Belgians again and it sort of goes with the Mal/Terv territory) but, strangely, I appear to be in a dead spot for that particular sport. We've got just about everything else but either I'm looking in the wrong places or southeastern PA/NJ is devoid of ring groups.
But still, good tip and good reminder.
|09-16-2013 11:04 AM|
The group I am training with is a primarily mondio group - some LE and some PPD people too.....I think it is a sport where the conformation and typical drives of a mali are more appropriate than most working GSDs....of the three from my breedings in this group - maybe 1 would be a successful mondio dog - but I wonder about his size for the palisade...all 3 will be very successful in schutzhund....2 would be very good for LE, 1 exceptional for LE...
These are things you can only learn from watching training and understanding what is needed by that observation.
|09-16-2013 10:08 AM|
Yup I followed that advice as well. IMO best thing to do is go watch and mostly just listen. A lot of times you learn a lot more by listening then even asking questions.......
This is true not just of which sport but also which line you maybe interested.
Same for training, lots of great tips on the forum but usually you can't beat going to a good trainer, especially for problems that require a lot more 'unpacking' then can be provided sight unseen on the net.
|09-16-2013 05:44 AM|
Getting Out and TALKING to (Local) Enthusiasts! It's Important!
The last time I went to an event for the sake of learning about GSDs was probably in 2008 or 2009. It was an AKC conformation event (something I'm personally not interested in) so I didn't learn much, other than I knew American showlines weren't going to be for me. (But that in itself was valuable!)
I went to watch the NARA championship (Ring III dogs) because I wanted to see if it'd be something I want to do with my GSD.
Let me tell you - even though I only watched malinois competing, the people I talked to, what I saw, and what I learned in those few hours was FAR more valuable than what I could have learned after weeks/months and hundreds of questions from any forum.
Yes, forums are an excellent tool, but getting to talk to local people who are decoys, trainers, breeders, owners, handlers, trailers, etc. can give you FAR more insight to what you will really NEED to know for when you are going to bring home a puppy.
Even though no GSDs were there competing, someone who trains/decoys for all of the breeder I've chosen's dogs were there and he gave me some awesome pointers. Not only about the breeder and her dogs, but GSDs in French Ring in general.
You can only learn so much from reading, watching videos, and looking at photos. It's a totally different ballgame when you go out and actually experience it for yourself.
When members on the forum tell you to go to local clubs, shows, and trials, they're not saying it for no reason.
I'm looking forward to going to more (because lurking on a few sites, there are a lot more protection trials out here than I thought!)
It's one thing to hear people's experiences on a forum where everyone is all over the world. It's another when you go somewhere local and talk to them about what's going on in YOUR AREA.