A lot of the highly reactive dogs I have seen are reactive because they are with owners who don’t know how to handle them. I have a legitimately weak nerved, fear aggressive dog, and he can walk through a crowd and past other dogs. It definitely does not mean he should have been bred. This is setting the bar awfully low...
Well I was just using going pass dogs as one example of the problems I see not saying that should be the only criteria
I mean you know your dog is fear aggressive because it shows itself somehow in everyday life right? Owners don't need to go to trials to see if their dogs are fear aggressive, I hope at least lol. My dog is reactive too but there were people approaching me thinking I was training her to be a service dog, but I know easily she is reactive and not well-tempered because I take her to everyday places and it shows.
If testing for stress is overkill, those people don’t need to be breeding.
Trust me when I say that walking through a crowd should be normal for *any* dog, and is tested before anything else even in competition.
I am not a professional breeder and make no profit selling litters. I just believe in thoroughly testing things that are important, further than just “she’s not reactive”.
I think testing for stress in a trial setting is important for dogs that are born to work, but for regular owners, isn't taking the dog everywhere to see their reactions enough testing for everyday stress? If the dog can handle children, visitors, skateboards, parks, pet friendly restaurants, beaches, etc. well, that is enough stress tolerance for a pet. Unfortunately, I don't see even this level of stress tolerant to be normal in GSDs
Bottom line is I think the owners should have a clear idea whether or not their dogs are well-tempered and obedient if they are good owners who take their dogs to places and they can get joint x rays done at the vet easily too. And I don't mind those people breeding their dogs to occupy the lower-price market from byb breeders who have multiple dogs and solely breed for money.