Well you asked for all opinions so...
I always question what someone's definition of a PPD is. Some people are willing to pump thousands of dollars into getting the dog trained for protection because they feel like they need that protection for whatever reason. I can't even grasp those reasons because I've never had any type of danger or threat in my life that would require me to have a PPD type dog. I know 100% that just having my GSD around (plus with the temperament that I know he has), my house is more than safe enough without the added expense and liability (huge liability to have a bite trained dog).
I think titling and dog sport is much more fun. There is a set goal, there is a reason to do it (in my mind that is). I know exactly what I need to do and I will get exactly what I want. It gives you the gratification and satisfaction of achieving what you set out to do. A PPD dog...well at the end of the day you're really hoping that the dog never gets tested.
I agree...I guess at my point in life (I'm only 31) I'm afraid of failing,,..I'm new to training, but I've been reading SO much, watched 8week to 16 months by Michael Ellis....I really want to learn dog training. I want to be able to read a dog and know what to do....If that makes sense.
My pup seems to be doing good...He will be 14weeks on the 19th. I'm not using any sort of compulsion training....Maininly focusing on marker training and socializing. It makes it a little tough because I have a 4 year that wants to do everything daddy does....It def makes it more stressful and slower paced. .Bane has a great food drive so I'm mainly using this form of training until teething is over. ..We have played a few sessions of tug, but over the past week, he hasn't been very engaged like previous ways....Proably my fault for allowing 24/7 access to all the toys....I stopped this today....After teething, Proably around 6 months, I will start the tugging/bite work back up....He def likes using his mouth. All audible sounds to date doesn't bother him....One thing we have been working on, is when outside at night and dogs start barking, he gets a little nervous....But tonight at my dad's house he acted confident, full of hisself, did great on some basic obedience.....Progress I hope. He loves using his mouth, so hopefully it will continue through this life.
One bad thing about my area, no training clubs for SchH or other protection type training....I know I will reach a point where I will have to find a professional to work decoy, etc. If you know anyone in Oklahoma, please help me out
I totally understand what you are saying. I would love to do SchH, and I'll see how my training goes. See how many mistakes I make during it, I don't want to end up with a $1,500 pet....I want to bring the best of him out....
Around my house, there is so many burglaries and Meth is out of control in my county and basically the entire state of Oklahoma. It's scary bad....I work shift work so I'm working 12 hours hoots 5pm-5am)while my wife and 2 boys are home alone...Just this year we have had several disturbances.. Thank God I didn't have to resort to deadly force. We live in a nice neighborhood but tons of outsiders go block by block checking to see if car doors are locked. They keeping looking until they find one unlocked. Same thing with houses....Me and my wife were home and doorbell rang at 1pm....I was in the bedroom my 1 year old.....I rewound the camera system, and this punk rode his bike up to my front door....Knocked. Then grabbed my wife's cigs off the table. He is acting all jittery, look I'm fought shape....My wife always answers the door with her handgun behind her back.....Sorry for the length of the email, ,I was trying to provided as much info for Pomca City current events