|07-03-2014 08:42 AM|
Maybe it's just been the luck of the draw but my WL dogs have consistently been better, calmer house dogs than my WGSL dogs, without fail. Even when the WLS aren't being worked.
I keep my dogs in the house now & we've gone exclusively WL.
|07-03-2014 07:06 AM|
I'm having a ton of fun working my pet
|07-02-2014 09:48 PM|
I am a pet home. My dog is a great companion. I think people under-estimate what it takes for a dog to be a great companion dog, at least, the way I define it.
To me, a great companion dog is not a house dog, rather it is a dog that can go out in the world with me without me having to worry about how the dog will handle crowds, traffic, noises, new environments, passing cyclists, skateboarders, joggers, random folks stopping to pet him, etc… you know, all the things a city dog would have to be able to handle if it ever was to leave your house/yard/block/neighborhood.
I am breed-neutral in my choice of a dog, I just look for a shelter/rescue dog that I think has the potential to be the type of companion dog I want. My current dog did not walk out of the shelter being the perfect companion dog (by my definition). But, as I was his foster home, I got to know him and felt he had the right characteristics (handler focus, desire to please) to become one with some TLC and training… turns out I was right : )
|07-02-2014 08:17 PM|
|07-02-2014 03:56 PM|
For me, a pet home is a home where the dog's primary purpose is as a companion. They might take some OB classes, go hiking, play with the kids, they may even play around in Rally or do a CGC, but these are all secondary to having a dog that they can just enjoy as part of the family.
A working home is a home that has far more goals for themselves and the dogs. They are not out there dabbling. These people are doing sport, working the dogs in SAR/detection, need a service dog, maybe doing security, PSD, etc. Dogs don't know that they are doing sport vs. "real" work. They are active, travel, train often and there are certain things expected of the dogs. A working home can also be a pet home and for me that is preferred.
Working homes and pet homes need many of the same things in their dogs. Sound nerves, trainability, health and temperaments. Often the dogs are interchangeable. I tend to like a certain type of dog to work, but even so, 3 of my girls could have easily fit into most pet homes. One would have needed a bit more experienced pet home. The fifth would have controlled the household by the time she was 18 months though for me, she is an easy dog to live with,
|07-02-2014 03:55 PM|
This is basically it for me. I re-homed a dog about a year and a half ago. I miss the dog greatly, but she's in a great home. They are very active outdoors and take her everywhere. I spoke with them yesterday and they love her! They were also told when they took her that if some reason it wasn't working out she was coming back to me. At that point she would live out her time with me as I don't want her bouncing around houses. I have been available for any support they need with her.
I didn't wash her because she was a bad dog. Just not one cut out for sport. It was making her neurotic. Rather than force her to be something she's not I decided to place her in a more fitting home.
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|07-02-2014 03:49 PM|
No, there'll be no third dog for us, for a number of reasons. For a while I thought (or maybe more accurately hoped) that would be possible, but it's really not.
I'll just play it out with the two dogs I've got, learn as much as I can learn, and then hopefully be able to get it right the third time.
|07-02-2014 03:02 PM|
|glowingtoadfly||Is a third dog in the cards for you so that your husband doesn't have to be separated from Crooky? Also, yes, I am actually discovering that I love the sport too. I currently handle a shy dog in it though, who never really learned to play at his first home, so it has been fun for me to work on teaching him to play.|
|07-02-2014 02:57 PM|
My washout is a great pet dog. He is affectionate, stable, gentle, tolerant, quiet, and low-key. He would be a perfect dog for someone who wanted a loving family companion who'd be superb with the kids, social in everyday outings, great for hiking and active play. This dog has many, many wonderful traits.
But they aren't the traits that I appreciate or care about. He can't do the activities that I want to do.
As a result, I don't give him the appreciation he deserves. He gets less attention, less time, less training. When I do train him, I don't have as much patience as he needs. Working with him causes me to feel disappointment, and he senses that disappointment, and then my dog gets disheartened and discouraged and gives up.
He feels bad and I feel bad. It would be better by far if he could go to a home that would love and cherish him for who he is, and not constantly be disappointed about what he can't do.
|07-02-2014 02:53 PM|
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