A protection sport dog guy I knew once said when watching a Malinois scale a 8 or 9 ft. wall for a retrieve, that the dog has a good work ethic. So I got to thinking about work ethic/perserverance and retrievers.
First a definition of the words:
Perseverance - Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving sucess.
Work ethic- The principle that hard work is intrinsically virtuous or worthy of reward.
I think about herding dogs that leave the front stoop to bring in the stock without being told. German Shepherds that acting as living/moving fences all day to keep stock in and out certain fields. A Malinios trailing a man across the countryside alone. Nobody around to say you must do this job or else.
Under what conditions if any would you say good work ethic vs. perseverance applys to retrievers? Marking sailing birds, quartering a field, trailing a runnning bird out of sight, searching for a shot duck in cattails/reeds etc.
I'm mainly thinking about hunting senarios; but this applies to hunt testing/trials as well.
Training can enhance perseverance; but can the same be said of work ethic? Is work ethic something that must be bred into the dog.
What say you?