Re: Poll for those who work their dog(s)
Hard to explain. Online, I could get info only on the "awesome drives" and "hardness" of working lines that I tried to research. People were mostly posting online about sport-related qualities. For other attributes, I needed to ask IN PERSON. Over the phone or in person, I could ask about how the dogs were with environmental soundness, ability to settle in the house, etc. This is understandable, considering the nature of the internet and what folks talk about online mostly, especially if they are avid dogsports enthusiasts. But, it made it hard to find other info-- so I asked privately! Some info, folks simply didn't feel comfy posting, such as how affectionate their dogs were, an attribute that mattered to me.
Also, I had to MEET workingline dogs to have my stereotypes smashed: I met highly competetive, devoted dogsport enthusiasts who tucked their dogs into bed with them at night, and met drivey dogs who could meet anyone, go anywhere-- but also met some very titled dogs with evident environmental/nerve issues, despite the titles. Meeting in person gave me a more well-rounded, accurate viewpoint.
I continue to learn, and keep an open mind!
PS-- It wasn't until I got my first workingline GSD that I learned that "drive" can mean a dog craves a sense of helping, of working for and with the handler.
PPS-- I also learned that for dogs like this, sometimes the best reward is being permitted to get that next command that they are hoping for.
Grimm van den Heuvel, aka "The Doofinator"
My strong-minded, very loving boy