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post #21 of 22 Old 10-27-2010, 02:58 PM
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Sure . I need to get some new video next summer because those dogs that were still pretty green in the vid are so much better now.

SFW, lots of people will say that being a 'family' dog will take away from their desire to work but that's incorrect. Most of our dogs that we use for working are also family dogs and are as content to sit in the pickup with you as work. Of course, we don't have kids around anymore but when my brother and I were kids, our personal pets were also working dogs and they never had a problem distinguishing the difference between work time and play time.
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post #22 of 22 Old 10-27-2010, 06:05 PM
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I think the instance in which trying to make a dog a working and family pet is with Livestock Guardian Dogs...those you want to leave with the herd otherwise they won't have a desire to protect can't really have both with those, atleast in my experience. You don't want them nasty toward their humans, but you also don't want them constantly trying to get out of the fence to be with you either...that defeats the purpose of having an LGD if that's what you have him for. But as far as other working dogs, like collies, aussies, etc...there shouldn't be an issue ever with them being a family dog and a herding dog.

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