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Originally posted by Dave Richards
My father in law was a very good dog trainer, he loved starting pups and watching them progress. He always told me that a trained dog would disappoint you at some time. He said that you expected a trained dog to do it right every time and that just does not happen with most dogs. With a pup, you are excited with them when they tree their first coon alone, but when they can do it really good, you start expecting them to do everything right, setting yourself up for disappointment when they fail. I have always wanted to hunt a trained dog, just did not want to hunt pups, probably missed out on seeing them progress from nothing to a trained dog, my loss! Yet, as he said to me, I have at some time been disappointed in every trained dog I ever owned. The better they are the more disappointed you will be when they mess up. It's like you get to thinking they are perfect and just like a man, we know they are not any that's perfect. I will take as you said, a dog that pleases me the majority of the time. Dave
I am always looking to improve...having said that I also say great dogs donít have bad days but they can have better days...
When I say great dogs donít have bad days...itís because I am making the comparison between that particular dog against what I know what the average hunter hunts...on a good dogs worst day is probably better than the average dogs good day...and I also will add that there is no such thing as perfection when it comes to humans and dogs...I factor that in...and that is why I say...great dogs donít have bad days...but they can have better days...I try to keep it real...at least that is my reality...
Training dogs is not so much about quantity, it's more about timing, and the right situations...After that it's up to the dog....A hunting dog is born...
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