The training in our country is better than it has ever been in the past twenty years. There are many more methods and resources.
That being said, it is easier to train a good or great dog, because allot of their basic drives are there and some good dogs are more forgiving of mediocre handling and training. The real test and answer to part of your question/statement has to do with a handler/trainers ability to train a dog with medium drive, and an instructors ablility to coach a handler team. This is were working with someone with training experience is helpful. Trainers with the abilities to shape, tap drive, balance and progress a dog thru a formalized program is where the real magic is. I have taken several medium drive dogs, put 400 hours in them and have people comment on what a monster they are on the field. They didn't get to be a Mike Tyson overnight. The real question is how many owners are willing to dedicate themselves and their dog to a strenuous program. Many are called .......
Pay attention to some of the old school trainers. Many of these people for years were able to take all kinds of dogs and get the best out of them. These people have proven results, not rhetoric. Today, I see many individuals that view sport dogs as disposable. If they don't hit 280, they are out and onto a new dog, or they are off to Europe to get that 280. Rarely do you see these dogs competing at National Events.
I received a call from one of our club members that went down with me to a USA Helper Seminar. While Mark Scarberry and I were on the field instructing helpers, this member was having a conversation with the training director (over 30 years experience) of the host club.
The member shared with me that the host training director told him the best move he made was getting with, and staying with a group of experienced schutzhund people.
This member and his dog have grown quite a bit the past couple of years with moderate success. Most importantly he has learned work ethic. Here is a guy who had a complete hip replacement this spring, put more effort into tracking, and dropped 50 lbs. He has put BH on 2 dogs, a breed test, and shown for Sch 1 a couple of times. The reason he has had success with his dogs is he shows up to club, goes to seminars, books, videos, etc., but most importantly he listens to the experienced people. His goal is to be on the field at the USRC National Schuzhund Championships with his dog. I believe he will get there.
Hope this helps,
North Central Regional Director
MMRSK Training Director
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