Posts by RyanG

    I've been going back and forth researching Rottweilers and Boerboels and came across this video. I'd like to get the thoughts of you gentlemen and ladies. It looks to me like the dog is a little unsure of how to react at times but he's a confident dog overall. To my eyes, being surrounded by bad guys is a new experience but he's still more than willing to fight if one of the baddies gets too close.

    Agreed. I'm no expert but I've got some experience. If all goes to plan, I'll be taking my training partner with me. She's an IPO girl. She does PP work as well but specializes in IPO. Let me see if I can find some videos of one or two of her dogs. I took a few bites from her second best dog. She's got a damn hard bite on her. I didn't put too much pressure on her but from what I could see, she likes to fight.

    That's pretty much what I planned on doing. However, she refused to let me do even that. Her kennel is off my list. There is another breeder that offered to send me some videos of her dogs working and said that when I came up to see her, she'll have her helper there and they'll let me watch him work her dogs. So far, she seems to be the lady I want to do business with. It'll be a few weeks before I make it up there but I hope to have a couple videos to share for you guys and gals to look at.

    Ahh, ok. That makes sense, Sergio. That's the way we do it now and its always worked out just fine. We usually get the OB down to the point where I'm happy and the dog is reliable. Then my wife and kids jump in to remind the dog that he has to have good leash manners with them too. I just hoped that we could do it all at one time.

    Peter, I agree with you as well but this is family. Not friends. The people I'm referring to, live with me.

    In the past, I've been solely responsible for OB training. The wife and kids do what I say and take control of the dogs as needed but I think there is an easier way. KMODT says that only one person should handle the dog durning training but it seems to me that once you've achieved reliable OB but before you have done the testing he describes, it would be advisable to get the wife and kids to work the dog. After the family has caught up with a specific step, the handler can move on to testing and the next step. Thoughts?

    Amazing idea! I'm on it. I'll call her tomorrow. She has pups due on the ground in late Feb, early March. I'll see if she's ok with me testing those dogs. If not, give me a bitch and a dog you'll be breeding soon and let me test both of at a time. Aside from the very obvious things like tucking tail, what should I look out for? Can I assume that if I freak them out but they come right back at me, I'm looking at a good but inexperienced dog?

    I didn't think about that. She said she doesn't train in PP work but claims that if you walk or drive up and they're not outside, you won't make it to the front door. I'll see if I can get her to put together a video of her dogs doing what she says they can do.

    Have a look around on this breeders site. I'm not too happy that I can't see her kennel area but coming by the house to meet the puppies and the parents is fine. She said we could bring the kids and see how her dogs interact with them. Jessica seems legit and like a nice person who truly want to better the breed. What say you?


    There seems to be plenty of Mals and GSD's out there. I can't speak to their usefulness but there are lots of people advertising them that way. There seems to be much less Rotts and Dobe's with similar advertised traits. Yes, I used the word "advertised". I have no way of knowing how many of these breeders are putting out what they claim they are.

    For that reason, I'm thinking about taking everything I remember as a kid from breeding English bulldogs and moving it over to Rotts if my venture into the breed goes well. Hell, I might get crazy and develop my own breed. If I did that, I'd be more interested in a farm type dog. Herder, cart puller, protector and in a perfect world, a hunting partner. That's more of a pipe dream to be honest.

    I'd be happy just knowing there are good, stable but hard ass dogs out there to be had at a reasonable price.

    All very good points. The question remains; what can breeders do to keep giving us the dogs we want and need while also keeping them out of the wrong hands? What can we as dog owners/buyers do to help them? And how can we owners/buyers be sure we have a reasonable chance of getting the dog we're looking for?

    It is indeed pretty hot here. As I mentioned to Dan, Ive got that covered. I have never owned an outside dog and never will. I was considering shaving him down in the summer if I needed to. I'll cross that bridge when I get there.

    I was trying to develop a little more handler focus. I had her favorite toy as a reward because my praise didn't seem to be enough for that. Admittedly, I was trying to rush the process. She responded well to the food but not her toy. When she made eye contact with me, I'd get hyped up with the praise and try to tease her with her toy so she would play with it. She showed no interest. I thought maybe it was because that method was new to her but after trying a few different sessions and not seeing any change, I switched to food and praise. I eventually dropped the food reward altogether.