I just dont like to see absolutes for the most part, put forth, generalizations made, and try to offer an honest and opposing viewpoint, not just trying to play devil's advocate either.
Just giving my personal views as it relates to me and my dogs. The type of dogs that I like to own, I would not recommend for most people, whichever breed it is, I try to get dogs that fit into the 1%'er club for sure, always looking very hard to find specific types of dogs that I like..Most of the dogs I have gotten in the last 15 yrs or so have been ready to put people in the hospital at 6-7-8-9 months of age, so my personal dogs are not a reflection of what most dogs out there are like.
I dont like seeing generalizations made on any subjects concerning sport, or PP, from either side.
The theories behind what Dominic and Mark are saying, I agree with for the most part. I see "PP" dogs all the time, that being trained in a more "sporty" way, that are really just more sporty type dogs, without the sport or the titles that go with it. I also see people working dogs at various clubs that in my opinion do not know how to read dogs very well, or use good techniques that will bring out what I think a dog should have if being used for real PP type stuff, that even with all of the training, the dogs are not prepared well. And have seen lots of dogs at training that I would also not count on, whether that is based on the genetics, or the raising, or the training..
so yes we should all be able to agree on the above post, but just dont take that to mean that I disagree with the other viewpoints, as I have seen lots of dogs and training that were far underpar, and when applied to certain types of dogs, that are not either just nasty enough dogs, or the 1% type super solid "for real" working bred dog, I agree with much of what Dominic and Mark are saying.
I dont agree with generized comments about sport work, dogs, or sport people, and also dont agree with generalized comments about PPD work, PPD dogs, or PPD people..
People and dogs are all different for sure, and I try to see it and talk about it from all sides, and do think that lots of people have pretty closed minds and strong opinions that are based on their experiences, which is fine with me, just as long as people are not making claims of absolution about various subjects.
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