A thought I have, no dog is perfect.
Everyone admires a well trained dog. People are quick to criticize a dog for its faults, breed, the owner, or sometimes just the dog itself. They say train your dog or get a better dog. However there is a problem, training a dog is a lot of work and depending on the dog can be expensive.
I recently saw this video of Leeburg Enterprises about the truth of Positive Training and I completely agreed with it. It is a scam and a lie pushed by animal activists and corporations like Petsmart and Petco as the proper and politically correct way to train a dog. For reasons unknown to science, people like to be politically correct which is weird because I take pride in being politically incorrect. The guy explained about how you train to a dog's temperament and the drives this dog has.
That's where the problem started with me. I fell for that scam. For most of the time I've had Lobo I trained with Positive Training. Positive training only works with Lobo in low distraction environments and when it comes to teaching him tricks. It doesn't work when he's either highly aroused, distracted, and/or is presented with a high value reward that he isn't supposed to get (i. e. Squirrel, cat, rabbit, littered meat and food). Got him a prong collar and it has as a matter of fact made him more obedient, next I need to get him an E Collar as he is the kind of dog who needs these type of tools. He needs these tools as he is the type of dog who is easily distracted, has high prey and defensive drives, and will ignore handler commands when presented with a high value reward that he's not supposed to ontain. Yet that is what the animal activists don't understand. They think we have to baby our dogs to death and accept their faults.
Lots of people criticize Lobo and my use of prong collars. I haven't been able to obtain an E Collar yet but I imagine I'll get judged harshly when I get one. Yet what they don't realize is that the prong collar has made him more obedient and less likely to lunge at squirrels and cats. Some people even just criticize him for the way he is. He's very defensive, sometimes overprotective, very high prey driven, not reliable off leash, and sometimes dog aggressive. He was also a stray and as much as I try to help him and some of the progress I've seen since the prong collar, his wild side comes out at times.
That's where the main idea of this thread comes in. No dog is perfect. There is no way we can expose our dog to be ready for any kind of challenge and situation in this world. Sometimes money is an issue. I saw a video of a $100,000 trained protection dog being introduced to horses struggle to figure out his way around walking besides a horse. This dog is near perfect in almost all scenarios but struggled in this specific scenario. Baron the German Shepherd is one of my favorites, but this dog struggles to swim and can't roll over. Strange for a dog who knows how to load a dishwasher, but once again he's not perfect. Saw a video of a trained service dog in a zoo break character and start to pull away from its handler when a lion was preying on it.
Sometimes even our dogs surprise us, they will do something both good or bad that we didn't expect. I recently took Lobo hiking in a nearby state park. In usual Lobo fashion he was aloof around all people who passed by including joggers. Several joggers ran by us, yet Lobo surprised me and not in a good way. One specific jogger, Lobo lunged at, growling and snarling too. And I have no idea why he did it. Maybe it was because my back was turned and I was focused on something that caught my attention, but in any form it was unexpected and unacceptable. It appears Lobo misjudged the situation. Lobo thankfully didn't land any teeth on the jogger but it was all around a scary situation.
Some people will get a GSD, a Rottie, or a Dobie thinking it will be the ultimate family protection dog and not realizing the hazards that come with owning one. These dogs have stronger defensive anf protection drives and this is both a good and a bad thing. On one side these dogs make it less likely you get robbed or burglarized, but on another side they can be a liability. There are stories out there where one of these dogs have misjudged a situation and for whatever reason attacked a member of a family. Well trained or poorly socialized there is only so much we can do to expose these dogs to situations. A dog isn't programmed to know the difference between a man wrapping his arms around his female owner for affection versus wrapping his hands around the female owner in a kidnapping attempt.
And this is where you wonder, is it always the owner's or the dog's fault?
I'm running out of thoughts here so let me just conclude with no dog is perfect. There is only so much we can do and expose our dogs to.
Lobo-2 Year Old German Shepherd Mix(?)
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