Last week I was assessing four dogs including a Neo, Rottie and 2 GSD's, re suitability for PPD training at my kennel.
Suffice to say - all four were not even in the ball park.
Now, there is nothing unusual about the results of that assessment.
If nothing else - perhaps they might do many things differently, next time they invest in a pup..
However, one thing they did do correctly, was to do the assessment, because in doing so they recognized the importance of training.
Over the twenty years I have been training, I have lost count of the number of owners, usually of the more exotic guardian breeds, who see training as a dirty word, almost a weakness. (instead they believe in raw primitive instinct)
Now that really makes me laugh, because having a dog who will consistently engage in ANY environment requires training.
Whether you want to use the words conditioning, testing or proofing, rather than training, matters not a jot - it's still preparing your dog to ALWAYS engage, which is training.
Of course this is why ALL military and police forces world wide - TRAIN.
Those who believe that purely relying on there breeds built in protective radar, will more often than not encounter the following: (ASSUMING the dog has got some natural ability)
No exaggerated aggressive behavior, yet the handler knows there is a serious threat
but because the dog hasn't been qued to attack passively on a verbal command - (dead handler)
Inconsistent reaction to a threat. (dead or injured handler)
Extremely slow in sparking up. (dead or injured handler)
Confused dog. (dead dog)
Easily put off by external stresses. (as above)
Not engaging at all. (dead or injured handler)
Not outing. (possibly a dead petty criminal and a euthanized dog post encounter)
Distracted by other dogs. (dead or injured handler)
Dog taking flight. (hospitalized handler)
Innocent third party bites in the heat of battle. (law suit).
The above list is not meant to be fully comprehensive.
Why train - indeed!! :thumbsup2: