|09-20-2013 10:39 AM|
|mehpenn||I'm one of the rare few, based on the farms I work with, that allow my dogs inside at all. Most farmers put them in a kennel or the barn at night. In fact, I've been made fun of quite a bit, to the point my husband has questioned our decision. But, they're my dogs, I'll treat them ever how I want to. We work hard then come inside to relax... so can they.|
|09-19-2013 07:18 PM|
|Wild Wolf||I have a WG working line male, active out of the house and pretty lazy inside. While I do sport (bitework, obedience, lure coursing, etc) he is an awesome "pet" first and foremost. I know several working line dogs that make excellent pets but the breed needs exercise and basic training, which you already mentioned so you're good to go!|
|09-19-2013 07:16 PM|
LOL! I've only skirted around the outer circles of that group, those boys/gals are serious! I understand they've got some real creds for their work though....
I think it boils down to two general genres of groups. Those who train with the priority goal of competing at very high levels (like south metro it sounds like!) and those groups who train more for personal advancement as trainers/handlers but may not necessarily compete at higher levels.
Nothing wrong with either IMHO.
I fall into the second category myself.
|09-19-2013 06:47 PM|
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|09-19-2013 06:07 PM|
South Metro by chance?
|09-19-2013 05:25 PM|
I went to my first schutzund club last week, twice. Very awesome people, very nicely trained dogs. Everyone was pretty high level. They weren't accepting novices so I'm not going to join that particular club, but the culture there was that working dogs were kennel dogs. They made fun of/discouraged a few members who admitted to allowing their dogs inside on cold nights. In their view, the dog should know that when he comes out of the kennel it's time for work. They told me that if I wanted to take a dog from nothing to Sch3 it could not be a house dog.
I know that is obviously not a universal sentiment, but I find it interesting that some clubs or trainers do truly believe that. Like I say, they were all pretty high level and it was awesome to watch them. I know of other folks who do schutzund whose dogs are perfectly OK in the house after a good workout. It's cool to see the different 'cultures' among club members.
|09-19-2013 03:44 PM|
And honestly, the chickens don't really get herded. They know to go to the coop when the sun goes down, automatically but it does help to move them along to have a couple dogs walking behind them.
|09-18-2013 07:48 PM|
|fredh||Thank You for saving Rondo! After his Service, he like you deserves a relaxing retirement.|
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