Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland
E.g., I was considering the book "Training Your GSD"
I have no problems with how my previous companions turned out, with one possible exception. I would claim none of these dogs required physical dominance although I had been brought up with pain-based methods. I do realize these methods are sometimes required, just saying not in my dogs. The exception mentioned is my last female which was extremely sensitive, and was never friendly to strangers, but also would never hurt a fly (choosing to go away instead of confront). Looking back, I now realize all my GSDs were almost as sensitive, and I now read that sensitivity is a common trait in this breed. My other female, Ina, was an exception, sensitive yes, but raised across from a city park. My only problem with her was that she'd escape just to go to the park and play with the children. She had enough drive to pull thru the pain of a prong collar just to get to the park. Sensitivity and drive, both common traits and I believe a unique combination, are examples of special training methods that I might hopefully find in a book like the one above.
I will be with dog trainers as part of the pup's socialization, but I think breed specific breeders may be very few ...
Cheers from the Avalon Peninsula
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