Why doesn't he adopt from the shelter? There are usually TONS of retrievers there. Does it HAVE to be a chessie?
Childhood dog, good memories, etc. And this guy is more hardheaded than a CBR. My guess is he'll want a pure bred for bragging rights. So I'm hoping to match him up with a breeder like I had who can spot a pup that is willing to please but not too much dog in terms of dominance, etc...although much lower drives than my dog.Kristen Cabe said:Why doesn't he adopt from the shelter? There are usually TONS of retrievers there. Does it HAVE to be a chessie?
Yes, CBRs just don't strike me as great dogs for casual walk-when-I-get-to-it owners. For this and a ton of other reasons.Maren Bell said:she says they don't have quite the same wanting to please work ethic as most of the labs.
I know you were just trying to stir things up with this comment, but just because a dog's in a shelter doesn't mean it's trash. It might be a perfect sport dog, but happened to be too much dog for the previous owners to handle, and so they dumped it in a shelter.Jeff Oehlsen said:Being that there are so many in shelters, I would stick to a breeder. Why pick up someone elses trash?
Good thought.Kristen Cabe said:Woody, have you thought about breed rescue? They deal with primarily or ONLY purebred dogs, and often have the papers on many of the dogs they have in their care. Just a thought. :wink:
I see your point.Jeff Oehlsen said:The advise I gave came from Woody's description of the guy.
Excellent point, David! I remember you saying that many of the LE dogs you've trained were resuces (or was that someone else?). IME dogs end up in shelters b/c of high drives, high energy, and mouthiness. I steer people who are interested in owning a shepherd toward shelter/rescue all of the time!David Frost said:I currently have 3 Chessies as drug dogs. Two males and a female. All are from a local shelter. They were in the shelter because the original owners were "out dogged". They were just too much for them. A firm hand, solid guidance and all three are excellant drug dogs. Often times, the reason these dogs are in shelters is because they exhibit the behaviors we look for, particularly in Labs, Goldens and more specifically, Chessies.