Originally Posted by MineAreWorkingline
Most dogs breeds are purpose bred to exhibit specific behavioral qualities. This is one of the things that give us dog breeds. To believe that dogs are primarily how they are raised would denote that breed specific behaviors are of little to no consequence. If that were true, all dogs of all breeds would possess equal ability to hunt rabbits, to be police K9s, to point birds, etc.
Despite raising my dogs all the same, their genetics demand that I treat and train them differently. I think the most that people can do is enhance or suppress a dog's natural behaviors.
I get what you are saying but then why are my GSD's different. I was thinking that most have been rescues and the lineage was not great, but Buds fairly well bred and with some differences in personality he is pretty much like the rest. I guess I tend to be a bit more rigid with Bud, he's more comfortable that way, but even at his worst he wasn't awful. I am just really curious where all these terrible puppies come from.
Sabi chewed up some plastic blocks as a pup.
I had one foster who chewed a couple of books and a sock.
Shadow had a thing about one specific lamp cord.
We called Bud the toy killer, but he never chewed anything else.
Gita chewed one shoe.
I had another foster pup that had some fixation with Kleenex.
This seems pretty minor, and the rest I don't recall chewing up anything.
I have had the odd crate issue but Shadow was the worst and she really wasn't bad.
I don't recall any serious house breaking problems, most of them got in in days.
Just GSDs I've gone through 7 litters, some with mom and some without, 5 or 6 singletons, at least 18 between 2 and 6 months, 7 or 8 between 6 months and a year and 11 between 1 and 2.
That's just the youngsters, and that's mostly rescues from questionable breeding and some really rotten places.
So am I really lucky?