Exactly. I don't follow any of that stuff, but I feel that line breeding from way back is one of the major problems with the breed (or any) todayWhen a dogs only job is to earn ribbons, the breed suffers also.
Employee-Why do you tell me what to do?It is mind numbing. I have been interviewing college aged kids lately. Oy. OOOOY.
I would love to hear more about free shaping. Also, opinions on can we overtrain for sport or performance and also get the same undesired result? For instance I know this dog who is ON POINT. He will focus on his handler unbelievably. Unless someone else has "the ball on the string". He is very "work for the ball" driven. Great for safety, but good for the dog? I have been going back and forth on a few training methods (which I try to keep it in my head rather trying it on the dog as I am trying to avoid the dreaded inconsistency as much as possible)I dont' think we make dogs dumber. I think we make them helpless. When they are never allowed to work thru stress. Or never allowed to figure out something on their own. Dogs no longer know how to communicate and function as dogs. Look at dogs that are free shaped vs dogs that are helped every step of the way. The dogs that have been trained to think with free shaping will work to find a solution.
I don't think it's about genetics but more about how we teach them to function.