Dog Breed Behavior, Analysis

For years we have been taught, that certain breeds of dogs have been bred to do a specific job.

Jobs such as…

( 1 ) Gun Dogs, which in some circles these days are called Field Dogs, which are bred to track, point, flush and retrieve various types of game.

( 2 ) Herding Dogs, Guess what they do…. Herd any type of live stock, that their owners require them to, Sheep, Deer, Cattle, their kids or whatever.

( 3 ) Hounds, These dogs have been bred to pursue different types of game.

( 4 ) Terriers , These guys have been bred to hunt a variety of smaller game.

( 5 ) Working Dogs , Bred for guarding livestock, property, pulling sleds and so forth.

( 6 ) Companion Dogs, “The Little Guys”, Given half the chance, they would love to do the things, their larger cousins do.

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What these groups have in common, is the part of the training, that all these different breeds of dogs have to go through. The part of the training, that teaches them, “Don’t bite or eat what you are chasing”. Well, all except the terriers, which are not disciplined or chastised, like the other dogs are, for doing what comes naturally.

And why are all these different breeds of dogs good at this stuff ? The same reason why all predators and carnivores are good at this stuff.. Prey Drive and their Hunting instinct. The same instincts, that are in every single dog.

The only reason we use, certain breeds of dogs, for certain jobs… Is their size. Although you can use a large or small breed of dog, for example, to herd . Why would you, when you could use a breed of dog in the forty pound range that has much more stamina and would be more than happy to work, (pretend their going to kill something) all day long……..

Remember, German Shepherds and Collies were breed for herding, yet you will not see these guys winning on the agility course. It’s their smaller cousin, the Border collie that enjoys that spotlight.

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What I would like everybody to do, is start using your own, God given intelligence. To figure, some of this stuff out for yourself. We have been, blindly following the teachings of yesteryear. Long enough.

The Spirit Dog

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9 Responses

  1. Great post! Just wanted to let you know you have a new bitch- me!

  2. “I’m also a little saddened, to see you have learned to teach your clients to train their dogs using shock collars. Am I opposed to them. Not entirely for some things, but as the preferred method for teaching your clients basic obedience. Come on, you guys should be better than that…”
    Spirit Dog- well said
    Paul & Tracy- It’s hard for people not to become frustrated when there is so much bad press and breeds are being banned and euthanised because of the mentality that certain breeds are more dangerous and blah…blah…blah….!!!

  3. Thanks for the reply, you make a lot of good points that I (Paul) agree with. On the remote collar thing, there are many different uses of this equipment, and great things, as well as horror stories, can be accomplished. We never use it for punishment, but simply to promt the dogs to pay attention. Everyone is has their own experiences and opinions about prong collars, clickers, remote collars, etc., we simply educate those that contact us on how we use them. Anyway, keep blogging, I enjoy the material.

  4. Hi, Paul and/or Tracy ; The problems I have are not with dog owners, but with the dog training community… Specifically with the teachings on inherited behaviors in regards to problem solving. And the notions that, different breeds of dogs have definably different behaviors and personalities….
    I see you have been training for awhile now. Hopefully in your experiences you have come to the realization that, the behavior problems your clients call you about are prevalent in every breed of dog, mixed or not….I’m also a little saddened, to see you have learned to teach your clients to train their dogs using shock collars. Am I opposed to them. Not entirely for some things, but as the preferred method for teaching your clients basic obedience. Come on, you guys should be better than that…..On the topic of happy stories, theres plenty of them. If readers like those type of stories, they can visit anybodies dog training site, and read the testimonials. Although you and I, both know that testimonials are just another sales tool…..
    Enjoy your day, in the great state of Texas.

  5. I have only read a few of your posts, and there does seem to be a lot of good information in them, but I have a question…. Is it just me, or are a lot of your post filled with frustration, tension, and general dislike for the way people view dog ownership, select breeds, train, and generally interact with their dogs? I am sure there have to some good experiences and stories to share, right?

  6. Thank You, so much CD.

  7. Excellent Blog!! Great Info posted here I will be back!!

  8. […] Dog Breed Behavior, Analysis For years we have been taught, that certain breeds of dogs have been bred to do a specific job. Jobs such as… ( 1 ) Gun Dogs, which in some circles these days are called Field Dogs, which are bred to track, point, flush and retrieve various types of game. ( 2 ) Herding Dogs, Guess what they do…. Herd any type of live stock, that their owners require them to, Sheep, Deer, Cattle or whatever. ( 3 ) Hounds, These dogs have been bred to pursue different types of game. ( 4 ) Terriers , These […]

  9. […] ssilva wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptWhat these groups have in common, is the part of the training, that all these different breeds of dogs have to go through. The part of the training, that teaches them, “Don’t bite or eat what you are chasing”. … […]

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