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sport vs home traits

I was thinking today that my dogs each have traits that I love in one venue and not so much in the other.

Does your dog have traits that you like in SchH but not to live with or you like to live with but don't like at home? If so, what?

The one that I was thinking of is tracking ability. Grizzly LOVES to track. I took him to my fun pet obedience class this week for socializing and distraction practice, and he wanted to sniff EVERY pee spot and try to determine if that dog was still there. Trait I love in SchH, but not so much in pet obedience. Had to add that into the distraction work.

I love that Bison is a velcro dog. He really wants to be with me all the time and play ball. Nice pet trait, not so nice when teaching the long down.

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Wiva is a total velcro dog. She has to be touching ALL THE TIME. I will cry out of joy when she maintains her long down

Whisk is a powerful dog that loves physical play. This is great for SchH. He LOVES going after the helper and it's the highlight of the week. Bad when he wants to jump and play with someone in a puffy coat that ISNT a dog person And help you if he thinks you are an aggressor, he'll bark like a savage till he is called off

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Honestly, I really love that both my SchH dogs are still fine being in the house with me for a week straight. I've been sick lately and haven't been doing much training and it's not like I have dogs running wild. Even Pan who can be pretty hyper and low threshold is content to lie at my feet all day. Now if I pick up a ball or leash or dumbbell he gets amped up but even considering all the training and work we do, I do not have dogs that HAVE to be worked.
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Tracking every single little tiny itty bitty thing on a walk!

DRIVES ME BONKERS when trying to walk them.. both of their noses are right on the ground the whole time - amazing trackers for schH both are, but man, when trying to walk them, it drives me crazy most days.

With Zeffie - her energy (which is getting better every day). She has crazy energy (and drive, but that's not what I am talking about) and is always go-go-go no matter how much mental/physical exercise she receives, she is always ON and at 100000mph, great when working but sucks when you come home from working a 8-12 hour shift and just want to crash.

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A good dog for SchH should be a good dog for the home. So, no, nothing that I find good for one that isn't good for the other and vice versa.

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I don't see much difference in the dog I train in SchH vs the ones I don't...other than the ones that don't get to go to training know they are missing out! And the SchH dog is very obedient/great recall compared to the others, but that is more genetics not so much training.

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A good dog for SchH should be a good dog for the home. So, no, nothing that I find good for one that isn't good for the other and vice versa.
I am absolutely not saying that a SchH dog is not a good home dog. My dogs aren't titled yet, but they are wonderful house companions as well as great on the field. I hope no one reads this and thinks that SchH dogs are not great companions.

I am talking specifically about how traits look different in different venues. I also used an example of where some desireable traits at home provide challenges in training.

Our dogs all have strengths and weaknesses. I just thought the contrast would make for an interesting discussion.

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I would own the same type of dogs I currently own whether I did SchH or not (actually I pretty much have always owned this type of GSD). So, for me, there really is no contrast. What is good on the field is also good in the home. What is not good on the field is also not good in the home.

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I would own the same type of dogs I currently own whether I did SchH or not (actually I pretty much have always owned this type of GSD). So, for me, there really is no contrast. What is good on the field is also good in the home. What is not good on the field is also not good in the home.
I second this. Even if I decided to hang up the schutzhund stuff, I'd still get SchH quality dogs. I don't buy in to the "working dogs don't do well in the home" junk. Maybe if you had such an extreme drive dog *without* any form of off-switch, it would be unpleasant in the home.. but I don't consider that a solid working dog. The sound nerves and stable temperament of a good working dog, I think, makes them so much easier to live with

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