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.
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.
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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