Q5. Should a Bandogge be expected to do sport? If yes, why? If no, why?
Ancient GR: A5. It should be an added bonus. Nothing more.
DanUK: Again, agreed. It depends on definition of sport also. If one broadens the spectrum to encompass traditional KC activities such as CGC, entry level (companion)
Katrina Hartwell AU: No, I don't see why any dog should be expected to do a sport. No matter what sport you take up there is somebody else knocking it, it is too easy, too hard, too unrealistic, too many props, not relevant, not made for this breed, etc, etc. When our Australian Bandog's trialed they proved themselves obedient, protective and stable without any professional training........that's better feedback for me as a breeder than any medal, bits of paper or letters behind their name.
Philippe Roy CA: Talk amounts to very little. Get out there Bandogge owners with your dogs, and show the world they can work. Why does public exposure have to = sport work?
I did a demo with an AB in PP in front of no less than a hundred people a couple of weeks ago. Nobody whom was there will walk away saying standard AB's do not work.
Not for shit, but I did not have to "incorporate" my dog into a program, just get out there and show drive and control.
People whom do not want to do sport with their Bandogges I have no problem with; it's doing NOTHING, or not feeling strong enough in you, your dog to prove it in any public way. That, I have a problem with.
Sport work is a fantastic way to span out the perspective of the dog into being able to focus on many things independently… it trains the mind as well as muscle memory. Sport is repetition. Sport can be light or heavy. Just as Sport is criticized for being synthetic or inhibiting the potential of a PP dog… many sport dog trainers prefer and will own nothing less than a dog that will protect them in real life situations.
Why does a dog have to be able to perform outstanding feats of wall scaling and jumping far distances to be considered a PP dog?
Does the fact that the dog lacks high level
Why is a super high drive dog, like a Mal/sport dog, desired to guard someone’s house/family? It doesn't equate to a better PP dog IMO, it just makes for a harder to control hyper animal.
The argument of how long can the dog work is moot, all the dog needs to do is prevent entry or escape, it doesn't need to run 6 miles to accomplish that feat. It needs High level of confidence and fight drive. Courage is the name of the game. Selective breeding will accomplish this; however dogs like this are too much for most to handle. Everyone wants the tough dog, but often times once seen, realize that it can be liability in Suburbia
Just one guy's opinion...