Quote:I would like to discuss to what degree Fight and Defense drive can be trained into a dog regardless of his genetical predisposition.
In my opinion, you cannot put those things into a dog with training but you can bring it "out" if it is in the dog. When to try to bring it out is the important part.
Quote:Have you ever found yourself in a situation where your dogs genetics prevented you from going to the next stage, regardless of the amount of training you put in? Or is this something that is recognized at very early stages of the sport?
Many times it is obvious that a dog does not have what it takes and sometimes, there are dogs labeled that way that are in fact very genetically suited for SchH. It depends on who is looking at the dog. I have seen some really good dogs that someone else thought was not a good dog. If you only train a certain way and a dog doesn't fit into the way you train, yeah, that dog can look not so hot. If you know how to work dogs all kinds of ways, it is easier to really tell if the dog is a good one. Many people working in SchH only know how to tap into the prey instinct of the dog and if a dog does not want to work that way, yes, he can look like not a very good dog. Someone else can come along and work him differently and suddenly he is super dog. Don't see that often because there are not that many people who have that skill. However, the dog does have to have certain genetic traits to do well at SchH otherwise any breed could do it .
One of the biggest problems that I see constantly is people trying to bring out "defense" or fight in a young dog. It comes much later than most people think and when they try to get it out of dogs that are too young to handle it, ( or who have not developed it yet), they basically ruin the dog, mostly by over-powering him. That mistake sets them up for years of trying to fix the result of that.
Quote: What big of a role does the dogs genetics really play in the SCH sport? Can any dog which has Fight, Prey & Defense drive be taken to the SCHIII level?
Genetics has a great deal to do with it. When you have a dog with all the right genetic stuff, in the right balance, SchH is easy. I was actually thinking the other day that people nowadays seem to have to work a bit too hard now to get their dogs titled and this is particularly true in protection training . It should not be that hard, the dogs should do protection naturally but I think a combination of the change in the dogs and the skills and methods of the helpers is contributing to this.
There are other genetic traits to consider besides the three you listed when you are titling a dog, and you also have to consider the skill of the trainers .