I agree....actually I think you are a cheapskate. 15 grand " might " get a trainers' junk dog. They go up from there. 5 grand will barely buy a good prospect with no training. I have people ask me about PPD and I tell them that for Ten grand you could get pretty good self defense training for yourself and not have to buy dog food or special insurance. You could be almost as good as Steven Segal walking down the street. LOL
As far as percentage of prospects....American GSD probably 0 %. Dogs bred from import working lines with extensive titles on both sides deep in the blood line, maybe 10% in the hands of good trainers. If you have to ask price, you can't afford it.
When I was in the Schutzhund sport the drop out rate was simply astounding. I was pretty green myself. I had help selecting dogs, training and competing. We're it not for my own competitiveness, hard headedness and flat out drive I would have stopped too. I guess I was matched with the dog. most of the drop out came on the protection field. Many good trackers and obedience dogs simply could not handle the stress and pressure of protection training.
For example part of the training involved the " stick hit". It demonstrates the ability to work through some pain. Initially this was with a willow or bamboo hard stick, directed to the dogs' withers. During the Sch lll exercise the dog got four stick hits. The helpers were very specifically trained how to do this, green horns not allowed to do this. Many dogs checked out here the first time. This is not a whack to disable the dog by any means. Yeah it will leave a red mark on your leg as was demonstrated occasionally. Dogs that passed the Sch lll level were pretty solid protection dogs capable of even more advanced training for LE. However the animal rights people got into it and demanded a padded stick and less force. It became more of a " thump". Like a big good boy pat you might give the dog. The result is softer dogs we see today and the distain of Sch dogs in LE. they much preferr specifically trained dogs.....the price goes with them.
You could liken this to football, hockey or baseball training. Football, nothing like having to go 2 on 1 with every player on the team in blocking drills....you being the 1. If you didn't get angry at being run over by the 50 pound heavier linemen by the second or third hit, guaranteed you would be third string. If you weren't the first one up on the last pairing your slot was in jeopardy. 3 on 1 behind the goal in hockey, baseball..you better be able to throw 100 fast balls over the plate in practice or someone else was pitching, a dropped ball or muffed play was good for a lap around the field. You got hardened real quick or you didn't make the team. Not so today.
PPD are serious animals, not Sunday afternoon play things. When these guys do their job, bones get broken and skin gets ripped. As we used to say " when the dog comes out, negotiations are over". The only difference between the dog and the bullet is that I MIGHT be able to call the dog back.
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