Present reality and dogs
Before talking about techniques and problems related to the education of a puppy, it is essential to give an overview of the changes that have occurred in the last 15 years to the character of dogs and try to give an explanation.
If we consult any serious encyclopedia of dog breeds, we find descriptions of character types that have almost nothing to do with the subjects that live in our homes and cities. If, for example, we read the description of a German Shepherd, we still find it praised as an animal that is exceptionally well balanced, reliable, child friendly, and docile.
Honestly, these characteristics are difficult to recognize in todays German Shepherd. It’s easy for anyone to notice the profound changes that have occurred in this species and most others in the course of a few years.
This problem is related to exasperated selective breeding processes that often prioritize aesthetic factors.
These changes are particularly apparent by the increase of, largely unmotivated, aggression and fear. It’s clear that a certain degree of aggression and caution is part of the normal genetic heritage of each species. It is absolutely wrong to consider such characteristics as a deviation, but it’s also true that in the past few years all of the “experts” have found such an increase in behavioral problems that they are thinking of “veterinary psychiatry”.
It’s also obvious, unfortunately, that these signs of unbalanced behavior in puppies are often deliberately ignored by both the breeders and the owners; as if the problem can be solved by turning a blind eye.
As a logical consequence, adult animals are created that cause all kinds of problems for themselves and their owners.
Having ascertained the existence of such a problem, we must now list the causes and find possible solutions.