Solid Schutzhund performance is only one indication of a dog that will have the genetic traits to improve the breed. Many very seasoned breeders look for genetic traits such as bringing the fight to the helper, person orientation as opposed to orientation to the sleeve and a genetic full hard grip. Many dogs, and I have to admit that my loved Keasha, are mainly sport dogs. When Keasha competed in Schutzhund it was like playing football to her. She loved it, but it was a game, and she was very good at the game. She did not really have a strong desire to dominate the helper. She wanted to bite the sleeve of her play buddy. Other dogs I have worked had something different. Yes they loved the game, but they also wanted to overwhelm and intimidate the helper. When they bit they tried to crush you. This in my opinion is real working drive.
Raising A Puppy
Raising a puppy should start when the puppy comes into the home. The first goal should always be socialization and environmental expansion. Puppies should be brought to many places and around many people. Puppies that have problems with socialization should be socialized more. They should be taken for regular walks and have regular play activities. Early ball chase games and biting a rag or chasing an object is early prep work for bite work and building prey drive. All work at this level should be play oriented with some mild pressure added to get the puppy used biting and chasing during distractions.
Overview of Breeding Philosophy
The task of ethical breeding is a major responsibility and I believe should not be taken lightly. A good breeder cares first and foremost about breeding healthy dogs. A good breeder knows the breed of dog they are working to improve. I believe their priorities should be health, temperament, working ability, structure and lastly color issues. Quality breeders care about where their puppies are placed and place their puppies in homes that are suited to the personalities, energy level and abilities of the dog.
Overview of Training Philosophy
Puppy training should begin as soon as a new puppy arrives in the home. Along with all of the love and attention that is lavished onto a puppy I strongly believe in the philosophy of understanding a dogs nature and making sure that their drives are satisfied. I consider the human in the relationship to be a super alpha to a dog and a dog is most content when the roles are clearly defined. All communication between humans and their dog is nonverbal. All training should be done within this framework providing consistent exercise and age appropriate movement for the dog often in the form of daily walks together. Daily walks build the the leader-follower bond and provides a lot of enjoyment for both the owner and the puppy or adult dog. A stable dog should, at all times, be looking to the leader and understanding the leaders expectations. All good training should involve fair corrections and direction, consistent reward, species specific affection and love.