Thank you, everyone, for your knowledge on this!
Apple, I am pretty sure you were asking those questions just for me to ponder on, in which I did. Thank you. But it may help to understand my experience with dogs who displayed the qualities I mentioned if I answer them. First, yes I have had a lot of strangers staring at me. Most were not happy to see me. And I wasn’t so happy to see most of them either. lol In reference to nerves applying to bitework. The dogs had no problems biting on various surfaces such as slick floors. We trained in stairwells, but I don’t recall ever actually biting on one. Yes, as far as biting under tarps, under houses, under cars, jonboats or anywhere they were told or allowed too. In training, the dogs often worked through hell to get a bite, but never with a leaf blower. I have zero experiences being around hot air balloons with or without the dogs. After watching some of those videos of them on fire, kind of glad I didn’t! I never trained for water engagement, as far as swimming out and biting someone. Never thought that was a smart move. They did bite (probably less than a dozen times) in creeks, but I was always on the other end of the line or very close by. They bit people running from trucks after car chases, and we did train for jumping in all sorts of vehicles, but I cant think of a single time I used the dogs to get somebody out of a car. I was very lucky to have worked with some incredible animals. Over the years the training program progressed and the I saw the dogs improve in their performance. But it all started out with selecting the right candidate. And what worked best for me was a German Shepherd who had good drives, absolute confidence in himself, nerves of steel and displayed zero signs of avoidance behavior when under a grave threat. Hope that better explains my position on the kind of dog I like.
Sounds like you have tested your dogs well over the years and have had some good dogs. I am just saying that just because a dog show what appears to be unprovoked aggression does not mean the dog has a nerve issue. I would say that more often than not it does mean that.
Apple, I like to think they were good dogs. Definitely the best partner you could ever have. Never complained about the music I listened to, the food I ate, my driving, etc.. Always ready to go to work and always gave me 100%. I only hope I made them as proud as they made me. Check your PM.
just for the record, in any SV, SV sanctioned/recognized event, any national level event (any country), there are not different rules for different color GSD.
and in no way am I saying that there are not dogs bred to excel at different parts of the standard. just that it's the same standard for all GSD, it's the people who make them different.
Dab353 - where are you located? Because when I was a member of a few Lower Mainland (Vancouver area) clubs, I saw WGSL breeders working/training and trialing their dogs.
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