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Edginess, good or bad?

Would you consider a dog with some edginess/a little sharp good or bad for Schutzhund? Why?

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Re: Edginess, good or bad?

I think it can make for some pretty/flashy obedience.

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Re: Edginess, good or bad?

i think it depends on the person and what they like. I had a VERY sharp (unstable IMO) GSD, Rade. He would bite first ask questions later. I'm sure he could have been managed but living at home and my family being threatened he had to go. Some said he would be a great dogs others said no way. Depends on what you like but I've come to the conclusion that for my next dog I want a dog that has an overload of confidence. Suspicion bred into the dogs creates too many problems IMO.

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Re: Edginess, good or bad?

I think it depends on the handler. Some I know would not mind, or might even like that. I personally do not because of how my dogs live when they are not training/competing. I have to sacrifice certain things that might be better as far as getting SchH in order for my dogs to fit my bigger picture.
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Re: Edginess, good or bad?

How sharpness can make the obedience more flashy?

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Re: Edginess, good or bad?

Oh hella was and is edgy!

If you have a good training director behind you then the edginess is a big plus in the Ob and bite work phases, but if you get a training director that does not know how to mold that edginess properly then it can be bad. The first dog club I went to was all about correcting that edginess which made Hella even more hectic during her B and C training (Ob and Bite work) If I would have had the training director I have now I would have been able to do more and go further.

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Re: Edginess, good or bad?

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Quote: The first dog club I went to was all about correcting that edginess which made Hella even more hectic during her B and C training
Suzi - I would love if you could elaborate more on this For example, what are/were some of the concepts that should be utilized for a dog who is considered "edgy"? I'm always open to ideas in working with my gal
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Re: Edginess, good or bad?

I am not sure if I can give more information on it.

First off because all my instruction comes in German so I miss quite a bit, second off because I do not exactly understand the whys of what is being done. For the first 3 years I tried to ask questions and I just got told because I (we) say so and this is the way we do it.

Since then I am a member at a boxer club and they are a bit too "purely positive" in re-guards to some problems.

And the new club I go to now is a police club so they are used to dealing with harder dogs but I have not been able to attend as much as I want because I was sick then my dad passing.

But this new club as well as a seminar I did with Bernhard Flinks at his club I got too see a different side in my girl and it was not one of she just wanted to bite all the time.

That was the realization of an edgy dog needs the proper training director/helper to channel that side of them properly.

I did call them today to find out about practice hour but there is none as today is German Fathers day.

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