by TIG on 14 July 2018 - 01:07
BTW I've also seen borders fixate on a stack of hay they were convinced were sheep. I use to joke when told to get a "real herding dog" (ie border) I would say yes but I want one who will look up and see the wolf standing behind the flock and be willing to do something about it.
by GSDguy08 on 14 July 2018 - 14:07
by joanro on 14 July 2018 - 15:07
Tig, yes, the limited experience I have with Mali is that they are fearless and will go over anything and every thing...without having to be trained to do it like the majority of gsd seen these days. Ellis may have had some gsd for sale and didn't want the Mali to upstage them....there is usually an ulterior motive when gsd trainers are involved.
So, yah, the op has had bad results with gsd, so a different breed that doesn't need to be tutored as to the normal things in the world, might give him some insight.
Edit to add: bet if you went to an Ivan Balabanov seminar, you would hear the converse of what Ellis told you.
by Baerenfangs Erbe on 14 July 2018 - 16:07
I've never had nerve issues in any of my dogs like that, ever. I would be very interested to know which bloodlines are involved. Only time I see these things is with poorly bred dogs. Now I've had a couple dogs that I took in, that were actually well bred and one of them was suuuuper spooky and the other one downright fear aggressive.
That being said, right around one year of age up until they are about 18 months old, they can be in a weird phase, where they act reactive towards people, dogs, or sometimes even spooky towards things they've walked by a million times.
by joanro on 14 July 2018 - 17:07
by Baerenfangs Erbe on 15 July 2018 - 06:07
That being said, the new test in Germany seems to be pretty tough and it tests for temperament and strong nerve. So hopefully things will change a little.
by joanro on 15 July 2018 - 11:07
by GSDguy08 on 18 July 2018 - 14:07
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