sporting breed


Parlor Roller, they are basically pigeons with epilepsia that manifests once they mature. So they are unable to fly and are ‘raced’ by letting them 'roll’ on the ground, wing flapping, twitching…if they are stressed too often they might die from it. There are videos on youtube with them being raced

We’ve discussed Parlor Rollers here before

And believe it or not, that isn’t epilepsy.

That is a skeletal-muscular deformity. 

This is just what happens when Parlor Rollers try to fly.

You can see it try to return to the shadow of its handler a few times.

They are also bred high strung and skittish so that once startled into a roll, the roll itself frightens them into continuing longer.

It look this poor bastard over three and a half minutes just to right itself.

In the video, you can hear the competitors insisting this bird be bred for its exceptionally long roll while in the same breath talking about how often hawks snag them.

anonymous asked:

Favorite breed for sport work? Favorite breed for ppd?

to be successful at sports? meh, im not really into dog sports so i dont really pay attention, although if we’re talking protection sports the most successful dogs are generally shepherds (german or one of the belgians) because theyre easy to motivate, have the correct drives, and have reliable ‘off’ commands. my favorite breed for sports? i love seeing unconventional and largely unsuitable breed perform! sign me up for the IPO chihuahuas and the agility great danes because that is what im about 

favorite breed for PPD is hands down central asian shepherd. i think they are fantastically versatile animals and man oh man are they serious about what they do when it comes to guarding, you can see the fire in them when theyre defending even in protection training. i dont like it when dogs are very obviously playing when it comes to protection work, which is why i strongly veer away from the police dog trial sports (IPO, ring, etc) and the breeds associated with it. in terms of real protection LGDs are way more reliable, and this is generally why they are absolutely not meant to perform in protection sports; theyre not playing.


Here’s another video, but this time it’s the boys and they kick butt! :) I love taking these guys out as they really get going, and I couldn’t take Daffy on this trail as there were at least two steep hills we climbed (video doesn’t do them justice) and Daffy probably would’ve made Natsu do it all by himself lol

Anyway, the video only shows our first section of the trail. My GoPro stopped recording on the way back… aaand we ended up with a flat tire too so that stopped us prematurely. But it was worth it, the boys did great!

anonymous asked:

Do you have any particular opinion on Boston Terriers? And also, what breeds did they come from? I've heard that they weren't really bred for any purpose. I didn't even know that happened, I thought all breed were bred with specific purposes in mind.

They sure are energetic little dogs! Boston Terriers go along with my bulldog post yesterday. Unfortunately, as a brachycephalic breed, they are prone to eye ulcers, breathing difficulties, and 90% need to be birthed via c-section.

Above, a Boston Terrier by Waldek Dąbrowski

They actually began as 40lb Olde Boston Bulldogges. They, like all other bully breeds in the past, were used for dog fighting. The Boston was a combination of the (now extinct) white English Terrier & the English Bulldog. 

Above, an Olde Boston Bulldogge by Sue Dumais

These guys had a stronger bulldog appearance, but were bred with French Bulldogs to size them down to the petite Boston Terriers we know today. Olde Boston Bulldogges continued to be bred separately, and can still be seen today.

Above, a Boston Terrier by Agata Bednarska

These puppers were recognized as the first US breed in 1893! They were also the first non-sporting breed to be bred in the US.

Breed Suggestions for Third Dog™

I know I’ve posted about this before, but I’m doing it again and YOU CANT STOP ME OKAY?!

So… Third Dog™ will definitely not be happening for another probably three years, but I wanna start planning and possibly getting in touch with breeders now. Here’s what I want for Third Dog™, in descending order of importance:

1) Sport Prospect: I’d really really love a breed that would make a good agility dog. Hopefully some other sports too (Rally, nosework, maybe barnhunt), but definitely agility. I miss agility and I’m still a little bummed that the huas are just like not into it at all.

2) Small/Medium Size: I don’t want anything that’s gonna be too much bigger than the huas. So like nothing taller than maybe 22-24" and nothing heavier than 20-30 lbs.

3) Relatively Minimal Grooming: What I mean by that is basically nothing with a curly (picture: Poodle, PWD, etc.) coat that’s going to require regular clipping. Also Mike cannot stand that coat type and that was like his one requirement of “Dear God please not that.”

4) Not Completely Horrified by the Thought of Swimming: I know this kind of depends on how they’re raised a bit, but also like let’s not kid ourselves some breeds are just not into swimming/water in general. My family is super into fishing and boating and all kinds of water related activities and I miss having a dog that enjoys that kind of stuff because the huas absolutely HATE it.

Honestly I think that’s kind of it?? I was gonna add in there that I think we’ve 100% decided on moving to Connecticut after Mike gets his green card so Third Dog™ will have to be able to withstand winters, but honestly the huas need all kinds of winter attire in order to stand it, so idk that doesn’t really matter all that much.

So yeah… hit me with your recommendations! I already have a couple I’m leaning towards, but I’m super open to other opinions (especially if you have experience with said dog sports btw).

Ca faisait longtemps que je n’avais rien posté, que ce soit en général ou sur Murphy! Et pourtant, j’en ai des choses à raconter…

La fin des cours en club lui a fait le plus grand bien! Cette année nous a beaucoup appris sur le dressage (ou éducation, comme vous voulez, je parle pas de cogner au martinet en disant ça) des chiens de chasse, mais aussi sur nous, sur notre chien (Murphy étant davantage le chien de mon père, au sens où c’est lui le chasseur). Murphy est un sale cabot, un fichu renard qui va essayer de vous la faire à l’envers dès que possible: il est casse-pied, mais diablement attachant! Finalement, on rigole plus à le voir essayer de nous rouler dans la farine… Malgré cette roublardise notoire, il est cependant assez fragile d’esprit. La moindre contrainte trop forte, la moindre réaction trop forte le déstabilise… Le club n’étant pas un club PO (mais pas complètement traditionnel non plus: colliers électriques/à pointes interdits, et celui qui cogne sur son chien risque bien plus qu’un renvoi du club) Murphy a beaucoup appris, mais va également bieeeen profiter de la pause jusqu’à la fin de la prochaine saison de chasse! Les moniteurs, malgré une (trop grande parfois) fermeté, ont bien compris que Murphy ne supportait pas la longe pour lui apprendre l’arrêt ferme, et encore moins une longe qui se tend d’un coup s’il tente d’attraper le pigeon posé devant lui. 

Désormais familiarisés avec mon cabot (on changeait de moniteur à chaque séance, pour avoir des avis croisés, d’autres méthodes, et surtout différents styles de chasseurs), ils sauront adapter les exercices… A un chien qui a selon eux du potentiel! 

L’un des exercices que Murphy ne maîtrisait pas à la fin des séances était celui du “down”, nom bien pompeux pour désigner une position que les chiens doivent prendre à l’arrêt… Un banal couché avec la tête proche du sol. Murphy refusant les friandises au club (le relax n’est pas du tout acquis, et si les autres chiens ne le distraient pas vraiment, le fait d’avoir cours en pleine nature si) j’ai dû lui apprendre en dehors, alors que les cours n’étaient pas finis… Mais c’est acquis, enfin, et j’ai enfin pu lui demander en situation de distraction intense! Alors qu’il arrêtait une poule d’eau en promenade, il a accepté de se mettre au down, et il aurait tenu la position si je ne m’étais pas mise à jubiler comme une andouille… Faisant fuir la pauvre poule d’eau et perturbant mon chien qui pensait que je jouais. Mais c’est une victoire, et une victoire qui n’est pas due au hasard, vu qu’il a accepté de le refaire quelques poules plus tard!

On progresse, et je me sens tellement complice avec lui que peu importe le rythme, tant que notre relation continue dans ce sens. Il fait attention à moi, me fait confiance… Mais tente de me rouler quand même! 

Mon renard, mon setter en glaise, mon grand pouilleux ♥

anonymous asked:

If you're alright with talking about it, why are guardian breeds not good for psychiatric service work? Genuinely curious, thanks!

While there are exceptions, typically a guardian breed is going to naturally be a bit higher in defense and sharper than say, a sporting breed. They’re very in tune with their handler’s emotions and can perceive a threat where there is none, especially if the handler is having difficulties. I work with a lot of veterans with PTSD and anxiety issues, and very few have had success with guardian breeds - they pick up on the handler’s distress and go into protection mode. Perfectly normal for the breeds, but not what we want in a SD. I honestly lucked out with Rogue’s solid temperament (my disability is physical and she has allowed paramedics to assist me and rode with me in an ambulance), but I will be taking a risk with a Malinois. I was quite picky about temperament and knowing the pedigree is important. For those with this knowledge, go for it. For those fairly new to training, stay on the safer side and set yourself and your new teammate up for success by selecting a breed not prone to protective instincts.