Effects of a good environment in raising dogs - Page 2

Pedigree Database


by Rik on 07 December 2020 - 12:12

I guess I look at it as my genes gained experience over time. :}


by ross7000 on 08 December 2020 - 16:12

Perfectly said Rick or called Evolution

by Smokin Joe on 08 December 2020 - 19:12

Why don’t we see a high percentage of Labrador Retrievers in Schutzhund? Genetics! They were not bred for those attributes. Btw, evolution happens very slowly and over a very longtime.

Hired Dog

by Hired Dog on 09 December 2020 - 01:12

Some people will deny the importance of genetics or the influence, good or bad, they have over the dog's behavior, they believe that environment and training will cure all the short comings of the lack of proper genetics, so be it...


by Sunsilver on 09 December 2020 - 10:12

Exactly! There's a lot of denial regarding the influence of genetics, especially in certain breeds.


by Rik on 09 December 2020 - 13:12

yep HD. back in the day,a lot of Am. SL were "spooks". I notice other terms are used for other lines, but it's the same. the breeders always denied it was the breeding.

"all the pup needs is exposure" was the common reply. I spent a lot of time in front of tractor supply, etc. getting them "exposure". hey, you want to pet my pup, maybe give him a treat.

one day it hit me how stupid this was as it never helped. I'm a little slow on the uptake, but eventually I get there. and I have seen just as "spooky" in Euro w/l and s/l. if they are born that way no amount of "nurture" makes it better.


Hired Dog

by Hired Dog on 09 December 2020 - 14:12

You are exactly right Rik, if the dog is born genetically deficient, no amount of training will fix it, but, if its good training, it can cover it up. I have seen many WL spooks, dogs that looked solid on a big green field, or even the street, but, would fall apart if you dropped your keys on the floor in the house.
"Its because he has not been exposed to that"....to what, keys falling, are you serious..."yes, I am"....there is no curing that Rik.


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