Much is dependant on the dog. Nerves. HIS THRESHHOLD. prey level. defence level. durability (mental durability).
Look, it does not matter how much you talk about it. Unless you DO it, you will not know.
REAL training cannot be taught on the net. It is impossible.
Every dog can be run off. EVERY DOG. That is because every dog has a threshhold. Training is about modifying that stress so that the dog sees it as stimulus. In scientific terms, conflict that it can overcome (control). So, this increases drive and confidence.
This concept is DIRECTLY applicable to obedience. Again, will the dog fall apart with stress from the handler? and how does it process that stress? constantly trying to find solution or shut down. training sets the behavioural pattern for solving this problem.
And pressure comes not only from the helper, but from the handler. Now, does this shut the dog down or does it make it go hectic? hectic why? conflict! conflict from both sides of the leash. now many many dogs shut down when pressure comes to teach the right behavior or proof that behavior. They cannot handle this pressure. THIS is pressure. pressure to do EXACT WORK the way I (handler says it), not your way (dog). Exact.
There is not much environmental stress. But really, that is not even in my realm of thinking with any dog I would train. You kept him for 2 years, you know if he is a crapper or not. If he is skiddish because of cans being thrown at you, well, you should get a new dog.
Bottom line is, just train. To me it is the most perfect part of the day. And train with the best possible group. Steel sharpens steel... and you learn by doing and making brutal mistakes. Good thing you have a good dog that can pop back quick because I made such huge mistakes.
PS. handler mistakes are what makes trust harder between you and your dog.
You cannot have trust if you consistently make handler errors....which causes stress.
To me, this was profound. What now needed to improve was ME, as a handler. The dog is not really the big part of the equation. Its the handler. I ask all my clients. "Yes, I know he loves you. But does he trust you?" The beauty of schutzhund, for me, is the trust it builds. That is why it looks so good to see a dog perform. Conversely, that is why it looks so BAD to see a dog freaking ignore the handler and go insane on the post.
E-Dog - 2012 WPBTCA National Championships
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