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Old 05-02-2008, 12:55 PM
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From what I hear, competitive obedience isn't much better, and that's a part of it that I dread. I don't do the drama/politics/clique thing. It'll be me and my dog and that's all I'm going to worry about.
I despise that crap, and avoid it at all costs. I don't have sport dogs . . . I know from real life what my dog can do with cattle on pure instinct. I've seen first hand what she does as a guardian. I've seen her prove her temperament time and time again and witnessed her 100% CORRECT reaction to the sound of gunfire. I've seen her disarm a person without injuring them in any way (I saw her aunt/half sister Buffy do the same at 7 months old). I've seen her hunt. I'm aware not only of her temperament, but of the temperament of other dogs in her family background. I know her physical athleticism, stamina and capabilities as well as her intelligence.

THAT is raw and real. You can't fake it, you can't train it.

Of course, if I were dealing with conformation or sport dogs it would be a different matter. THEN it would be important to compete, and put up with the sophomoric "my dog's better than yours, so there" crap.

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Some of the all out temper tantrums, threats, and verbal/emailed hissy fits that I've seen in conjunction with other bitesports have frankly horrified me.
*giggles* Well, it is BITEsport . . . you can count on there being plenty of back and ankle biting and some downright going for the jugular.

It might be fun, after an event, to post a website dedicated to handing out awards to the handlers and owners for their bite work
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Old 05-02-2008, 01:10 PM
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I despise that crap, and avoid it at all costs. I don't have sport dogs . . . I know from real life what my dog can do with cattle on pure instinct. I've seen first hand what she does as a guardian. I've seen her prove her temperament time and time again and witnessed her 100% CORRECT reaction to the sound of gunfire. I've seen her disarm a person without injuring them in any way (I saw her aunt/half sister Buffy do the same at 7 months old). I've seen her hunt. I'm aware not only of her temperament, but of the temperament of other dogs in her family background. I know her physical athleticism, stamina and capabilities as well as her intelligence.

THAT is raw and real. You can't fake it, you can't train it.

Of course, if I were dealing with conformation or sport dogs it would be a different matter. THEN it would be important to compete, and put up with the sophomoric "my dog's better than yours, so there" crap.
I think this is a very good point, and something that I am often found forgetting myself. Alapahas were bred for actual work. Teeny does not like bitework in the slightest. She wants NOTHING to do with it, period. But I know she is a fantastic protector and that she will step up when necessary.

Just recently one of the breeders I have become friendly with got a great email about one of his dogs. He had sold this pup, now an adult, to a truck driver who takes this dog with him when he's on the road. A few weeks ago while at a truck stop two guys jumped him while he was walking back to his truck. His driver side window was cracked open and his dog forced his way out, jumped the 8+ feet down to the ground and immediately latched onto one of the men, thus scaring off both of them, and saving his owner's life. This was a dog who had no training other than the basics, and who is friendly as all get out. But Alapahas have been bred specifically to be like this, and whether or not they excel in sport work (which tries to mimick the real life scenarios, but obviously isn't the same), they still can do the real work.

Therefore I shouldn't be so annoyed that Teeny won't do it. LOL!!
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Old 05-02-2008, 01:32 PM
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The backbiting and sniping is why the director of the working club I belong to doesn't do bite sports anymore. People talking down about everyone elses dogs while they smile in your face and act like your friend. I'm glad our club isn't like that. Everyone supports and helps everyone else, we all know our dogs are at different training levels and have varying degrees of potential. There is no jealousy or trash talking, ever.
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Excuse Me I Get A Kharma Puppy First! I Asked First Yearsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Ago And Was Promiced One Then So Booyah.
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Filas are notorious for large litters, lol . . . eleven puppies isn't unusual.
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Well I get a fawn Bitch ok? Ill even come up and help you with the litter.
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Well I get a fawn Bitch ok? Ill even come up and help you with the litter.
Renee if a mutant brindle comes out you just let me know. I have an addiction to the Brindle
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LOl Im cured of brindle dogs Almost all the brindle greys we have had have been spawns of the devil himself.
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LOl Im cured of brindle dogs Almost all the brindle greys we have had have been spawns of the devil himself.
Every dog I've ever owned has been brindle and it HASN'T been planned that way, I swear! Teeny is the only one who isn't all brindle (white with brindle spots) and I kind of have a thing for brindles . . . and mine have all been sheer perfection. *laughs hysterically at her own bold faced lie*
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LOL NOw a dark/black brindle Im all for the first grey we fostered I almost failed he would actually sleep curled up with me and oh god he was a love I miss him. But mom wouldnt let me foster fail him.
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