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Old 02-23-2014, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How do dogs going through Sch/IPO training act at home or in public. Are they well mannered family pets that can be taken anywhere or are they to hyper etc.

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Depends on the dog just like any dog that isnt going through the training. Some are not so great around the house some are fantastic.
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I have no practical experience with this other than my breeders dogs who we have spent some time with. They have IPO certs. I don't think I have seen two more well mannered GSDs. Well behaved, friendly and happy. Of course we jumped at the chance to get one of their pups.

So, I have to agree with Baillif that it depends on the dog, breeding, etc.
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are you involved in Schutzhund?

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Depends on the dog just like any dog that isnt going through the training. Some are not so great around the house some are fantastic.
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It depends on the dog - the training won't change who the dog is. A SchH dog that is hyper and reactive, was born that way, and would not make a good family pet whether it was being trained in SchH or not.
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are you involved in Schutzhund?
No i do mondioring. Its not super different.
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I agree with Lucia....
I know all the dogs that train in my club are family companions first and are not kenneled, they live in the homes with their families and have great off switches.
Another club I train in has many dogs that live in kennels.
I wouldn't expect a kennel dog to have the same set of manners that the house dogs do.
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Great replies, thank you. My dog will be part of family first, breeding is supposed to be super hard, great nerves, well balanced drives which I hope will contribute to a good house pet.
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When you get them as puppies you can do relaxation exercises with them to teach them to chill out with you. Where people get into trouble is when they set up a pattern of working the dog and putting it up working the dog and putting it up and then the dog begins to become classically conditioned to turning on when you take him out of the crate or come into the room. Make sure you set aside chill out time.

The other thing that gets people into trouble is when they buy a green dog that was never taught to turn off. Its way harder to get an adult to learn to relax sometimes.
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How do dogs going through Sch/IPO training act at home or in public. Are they well mannered family pets that can be taken anywhere or are they to hyper etc.

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I have 2 and they are perfect family pets as well as protectors.



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