We have a lot of discussions about how to train, how to solve problems, how to correct, etc. Most of these discussions start or end with “it depends”. I think a lot of the “it depends” is due to the natural or innate differences between dogs. Dogs have multiple dimensions we talk about to include:
I think some of the attributes could come together and others typically don’t. Many times Drive and Manageability are exclusive of one another.
If you were to evaluate and grade your dogs from 1-5 ( 5 is more) across each of these dimensions, would it provide some clarity and direction around how you approach training for each of your dogs?
For instance, you could have two dogs, one that is a 5 for Heart and a 2 for Intelligence, and the other is a 2 for Heart but a 5 for Intelligence. How might you approach training differently for each of these dogs? How do you build on natural strengths to make up for weak areas?