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Every dog is different

OK, this should be obvious but sometimes we need a reminder. Buffy and her puppy Thor provide a good example.

It was with some difficulty that I taught blinds to Buffy. I had a problem initially building confidence in her i.e. to trust me when I said there was a bird out there (dead bird-good-back). It took quite a while to get that confidence. Her puppy Thor on the other hand took to this quite readily which did surprise me. I expected to have the same difficulties that I had with Buffy. After all he is her puppy. He not only took to this readily but he is the complete opposite of Buffy. He runs out fully confident that there is a bird out there---no problem in building up some distance.
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Molly and Maisey are of completely different breedings but they are polar opposites in almost every single way, and I see it every day. Molly just can't take being wrong, whereas Maisey is more than happy to do it again and again until she gets it right. I was doing drills in the yard with her the other day, and while Molly is my heart and soul dog, Maisey is just so much more fun to train and run. I don't have to handle her with kids' gloves.
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Every dog is different. Ones lives to please you, another to challenge you. Even within the same litter you'll find big differences. And sometimes I think we forget the problems we had with an adult dog when they were a puppy. Time's gone by and we know the adult dog now. Then we get a puppy again and expect more of the adult behavior. We compare, but comparing the puppy to the trained adult, no longer remembering all the anguish, doubts and trials we went through to get that dog to being a trained adult. I know I'm guilty of this sometimes.
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Every dog is different. Ones lives to please you, another to challenge you. Even within the same litter you'll find big differences. And sometimes I think we forget the problems we had with an adult dog when they were a puppy. Time's gone by and we know the adult dog now. Then we get a puppy again and expect more of the adult behavior. We compare, but comparing the puppy to the trained adult, no longer remembering all the anguish, doubts and trials we went through to get that dog to being a trained adult. I know I'm guilty of this sometimes.
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The adult is different from the puppy, like they are different dogs.
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Yep its hard to separate training sometimes between dogs. Even in the entire litter no two pups are exactly alike. I will say, Thor was very much like Proof in some stuff and different in other ways. It was so interesting to watch him and Proof and Buffy together and compare them. I felt like Proof was more like Buffy than Thor and its funny since Thor lives with his mom and Proof is on his own! And it is interesting to watch Proof next to Maverick. Even deeper than that, I feel like Thor moves and acts more like Mav and Proof is more like Buffy. Ha, things to make us think, right?

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Molly and Maisey are of completely different breedings but they are polar opposites in almost every single way, and I see it every day. Molly just can't take being wrong, whereas Maisey is more than happy to do it again and again until she gets it right. I was doing drills in the yard with her the other day, and while Molly is my heart and soul dog, Maisey is just so much more fun to train and run. I don't have to handle her with kids' gloves.
Vivian, where do you think that Maisey and Flyer fall in the more a like or different rating?
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Interesting observation. It is cool to see the pups develop. Cool to make comparisons.
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Vivian, where do you think that Maisey and Flyer fall in the more a like or different rating?
I think they are more alike than different. Confident, mature, and focused. Might be a good question to ask Andy.
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I think they are more alike than different. Confident, mature, and focused. Might be a good question to ask Andy.
I think very alike too, you better be watching for that break at the line. Both take correction as feedback but you have be quick on your whistle or they will try and push you.
They both run hard but Maisey, female, is smaller and she is lighting fast.

Flyer is a very different dog from my Winter. With him I asked for confident and I got it. I don't know if this makes sense but Winter comes to the line wanting to play the game with me. Flyer comes to the line scanning, like he is tiring to figure out how to beat the test. At under 18 months I already can commucate lines with him much better then Winter. Winter takes my direction but Flyer gives me more feedback. Flyer looks long better.

Winter when on her game is a pinpoint marker and I never worry about blinds, she runs beautiful blinds. The past season Winter had a horrible year marking, she was just off. Nothing medical but not herself. Since Sept. I have only been training her in field about 1 day a week and she is stepping on everything and once again looks like a master dog. I still haven't decided if I will run her in retriever hunt tests next year or just go have fun with her in the Spaniel Upland tests. She only needs 3 MH passes to get her title in Canada and I would hate to leave that hanging. The big thing I'm doing with her is getting her ready for OB UD. She will be 8 in Feb.
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You know, its funny all of us commenting have had some experience. I wonder if that experience has anything to do with the fact that our dogs are lining better and stuff like that, ha ha! I bet!

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