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post #1 of 78 (permalink) Old 12-05-2011, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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"Three years is an old dog. If you have not [won big trials] by three years, then sell the dog and try again with a new puppy."

Thoughts on this statement?


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post #2 of 78 (permalink) Old 12-05-2011, 10:23 PM
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Agree if you're goal is to win big competitions. Disagree if there are other motives for owning the dog.
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to each his own....as long as the dog is happy!

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to each his own....as long as the dog is happy!

Care to expand upon that?


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post #5 of 78 (permalink) Old 12-05-2011, 10:37 PM
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don't agree with it. Even if you are intending to do big things with the dog like nationals.

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Depends. Gabor did not start serious training on Enzo until 2 years. Traveled with dog, including to Europe and back, foundation, prior to 2.


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Art you sound like the big gymnastics coaches when I was a gymnast. If you weren't on the nat'l team by the time you were 10 years old you were as good as dead (or worse, over 5'2" with boobs and hips!*gasp*).
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I was told by a PO to test a dog to see if it could even do it was to tie the dog with a very short leash to a table and to poke her with a pole till she got figting mad and went for ya. If they didn't he said the dog was worthless and to try again :angry fire: we never asked for his advice again.

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I was told by a PO to test a dog to see if it could even do it was to tie the dog with a very short leash to a table and to poke her with a pole till she got figting mad and went for ya. If they didn't he said the dog was worthless and to try again :angry fire: we never asked for his advice again.
The difference being that the person who I quoted is one of, if not the, best trainers in the world.


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Yet you never gave credit to the quote.
I think the journey to the top is more important than being at the top. Why rush it? A 3 yr old dog is barely mature....I'd prefer to enjoy the ride than have it rush before my eyes. If the dog doesn't have "it" then yes, get another if the national podium is the goal. And if the dog does have it, I wouldn't blame the dog but the handler if I was rushing to the top.
My opinion is based on me never having that as my goal....

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