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Nature vs. Nurture

Postby kayla » Mon Apr 04, 2005 1:30 pm

Ok guys, I want to know what you think:

Nature vs. Nurture

Is it all about the breeding or is it all about the training?
I have a lab x golden. She can be a little timid, however we are getting over that and I feel she will be an excellent dog over time (amateur trainer :? ) What do you guys think?
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Postby gsphunter » Tue Apr 05, 2005 12:24 pm

Good solid breeding always helps to get started and should be a foundation for good solid training. I think you can sometimes turn poor breeding around by good training, but it's much much easier to start with good breeding.
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Postby orhunter » Tue Apr 05, 2005 1:34 pm

Being the crappy trainer that I am, I need all the nature I can get. I could probably turn a great dog into a prize I utility dog but I couldn't do it with a sub par dog.

Nature wins every time in my book.
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Postby alan » Tue May 10, 2005 2:39 pm

IMO both are equally important and one cannot over-ride the other to any great extent. An animal with all the NATURAL ability in the world will never live up to it's full potential unless it is also given the opportunity to hone i.e. NURTURE its skills.
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Postby Airedale From NY » Fri Oct 07, 2005 3:06 pm

"Great breeding makes for great trainers".
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Postby terryg » Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:43 am

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it consists of 100%/100% of each. :wink:
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Postby Optprime » Thu Jul 10, 2008 5:23 pm

Nurture implies that something was already there. Maybe burried deep or maybe right on the surface. Most versatile dogs I believe have got most everything they need (nature) to make an excellent hunting companion. Its the trainers job to nurture and mold those things to conform to the desired tasks. Some dogs do have more nature than others do though.
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Postby snicklefritz » Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:53 pm

Forget about it! In the end, you have the dog you have. Train the dog you have, not what the one you wished, or hoped you'd have.

Hope for the best, but train for the worst. You cant' go wrong that way - IMHO!
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