Pups that'll most likely develop strong working relationships with their people vs those that may be more independent ?
I've only been around a few litters and other than the pups biting my shoes or pant legs, I'm not sure what else they do to demonstrate the urge to work with their people, lolYes they can. The puppies who want to interact with humans usually make the best workers. They can also test the puppy's play and retrieve drives using toys.
A puppy that is more independent or only wants to play with its littermates will be more difficult to train.
PM sent!Nigel PM me your e-mail. I have a puppy test that will help you figure it out! It worked very well for me when I used it to choose one of my dogs!
Unfortunately, it's in PDF form, so I can't post it here, and we aren't allowed to send attachments via PM.
One thing you have to do when testing a pup is separate it from its littermates in order to avoid distractions.
I agree that a lot if it is potential, but what the potential is, is determined by genetics. The owner can maximize what’s there but he or she can’t create potential out of whole cloth.When adopting a pup, you take it home with its potential. How it turns out as an adult dog is up to you.
Okay, bit it is still limited or enhanced by genetics. You can develop what’s there. You cannot create what the pup just plain doesn’t have. At best you will be compensating and can only compensate so far.To me potential is anything you take home, no matter what has formed it.
This! If genetics accounted for so little, then there would never be any wash outs in any venues. There are reasons that some breeds are used to hunt, others to herd sheep, some to do police or military work, etc., and even within those breeds are lines of significant temperamental and behavioral genetics which determine whether the dog will or will not succeed with appropriate training in any venue.I agree that a lot if it is potential, but what the potential is, is determined by genetics. The owner can maximize what’s there but he or she can’t create potential out of whole cloth.
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