As the thread title says, I'd like to develop a better eye for dogs.
A little background:
All my experience (not a lot) vis-a-vis training a dog for sports has been in French Ring. I'm starting my search for a puppy for FR this year, and have a decision to make: Either I can import a puppy from ring-titled lines from France (which I'm a bit hesitant to do) or I can buy a puppy from schutzhund-titled lines here in the States.
I have an academic understanding of what schutzhund is, but have never trained or competed in it myself. I'm not yet (maybe never will be) somebody who can watch a dog and tell the difference between what is nature and what is nurture. ****, I have a hard time watching schutzhund and telling one performance from the next except for clear mistakes.
So, for your consideration, I have posted two videos of two different schutzhund dogs. Both are males. Both have been used as studs... so at least a few people must think they are breed-worthy. What do you see (and at what points in the videos) that makes you think
"Yes, this is a nice stud dog." or "Nice dog, but probably not one that should be bred." or " Dear God, what were they thinking."
How can you tell what is nature, vs what is nurture, vs what simply needs to be brushed-up in training? What do I look for?
To me, the first dog seems like more of a firecracker. He barks more, seems more willing to take dirty bites (is that weakness or a training/control issue?). I've never personally seen a dog spin like that (again, weakness or training or sign of drive?).
The second dog, who was only two years old in the video, seems much calmer and more controlled. He barks less. Is he a stronger dog, or just less drive-y? How can you tell?
All dogs have their strengths and weaknesses, but what should I look for in these videos to help train my eye? I get the sense that these two studs are quite different, but I'd like to be able to see more than that.