Yes, two years ago. Spend time around WL dogs before you get one. Decide how much drive you want and then get exactly what you can handle. Understand the difference between drive and energy. My young dog is high drive but medium high energy. That means he doesn’t go go go all day but he is very intense. He races around, gets tired, and then is pretty calm and mellow most of the time, unless his drive kicks in. You might think of it as having an Off Switch, vs the high drive and high energy dogs that can’t turn it off easily.
I had to learn a whole new method of training. My WGSLs and my rescues were all relatively easy to train with patience and repetition. This dog needs more. We started out with basic obedience but it was not enough. My trainer doesn’t call it BH but we are now doing steps toward that. I am learning advanced techniques. My previous dogs could jump. This dog can leap straight up from a standing position and clear a fence (yep, it happened, fortunately I was right there and took over before he could get himself into a mess). I had to learn to train him in drive for maximum attention with distractions. I had to learn capping as well and teach him to calm himself.
He is also the mouthiest dog I have ever owned. He was a landshark for months. He still nibbles on my sleeve to get my attention. He is quieter than my other dogs. He only barks when he has a reason. His training must be reinforced periodically or he “forgets” and entertains himself by doing his own thing.
Last edited by LuvShepherds; 10-06-2017 at 05:45 PM.