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post #1 of 61 (permalink) Old 10-08-2012, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on this dog? 2nd at WUSV

Witz Eqidius
I found myself really liking this dog a few years ago, just based on youtube videos. He was nowhere near as polished as he is now, and is doing quite well competing this year.
What are your thoughts? Strengths, weaknesses? From a training perspective... what do you see as proper helper-work and ob. training (for this dog), to get from a few years ago, to his performance at this years WUSV?

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I enjoyed watching the videos and seeing the dog develop in to what he is now.
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Robk.... thanks for playing!
Would you mind commenting on what you like, or don't like, about the dog? Sometimes I see a dog and can't really pinpoint what specifically I like about him.

Here is the obedience from this year's WUSV:
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Well, since I am someone who just completed my very first BH on the first dog I ever trained, I think I am hardly qualified to critique a dog competing at the WUSV! I think he is a very powerful and happy looking dog in his work. I as well would be interested in reading the comments from someone more experienced than myself.
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A very very nice protection routine, IMO....clean, powerful, and clearheaded. Really liked his back transport in that he c hanged from competition heeling to adversary heeling. Nice dog and nice training!
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Cliff, do you have time to look at the 2 years ago video?
The dog hits so hard and just snatches the sleeve off of the helper. (I think this is shown in the 2 year old vid).
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Yeah, I looked at all the videos....I really really like the dam side of his pedigree....extremely strong serious dogs!
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This is looks like a really good dog with fantastic training. If you think you can see past that training in a trial or training situation you are living in a fantasy. You have to respect good training. The only way to really see a dog like this is in a social situation and around his family and home.
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So I'm new at this but along the lines of what Fast is saying I have a hard time getting past the training to see the dog. In fact I found some of it almost distracting. I don't like that scuttle-y call out thing or the silent guard and to me the heeling is forging but again....training! Congrats to the trainer/handler and the WUSV placement.
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If you think you can see past that training in a trial or training situation you are living in a fantasy. You have to respect good training. The only way to really see a dog like this is in a social situation and around his family and home.
Fast- this isn't the first time I've seen you use the word "fantasy" or "magic drive" and I wondered if you can elaborate, perhaps for this given situation. I really am curious, as I'm not exactly sure what you mean. So often we're told to go see dogs in trial and in training in order to decide if we like the dog. Yet you seem to be saying that one can't learn much about the dog in training or trialing- if we think so, we're "living in a fantasy."

Have I misunderstood your point? I see you post this often enough that I'd like to understand what you're saying.

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