Category: Working Dogs

The Benefits and Purposes of Outcross Breeding

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We should probably begin by stating that the purebred dog today is stuck in a genetic bottleneck (that’s not to say that mixed breeds are healthier; they may be but may not be).  In laymen’s’ terms, this bottleneck results in poor health, bad temperament, and genetic diseases.  It stems from too much Inbreeding and Linebreeding… Read more »

The Decline and Resurgence of the German Shepherd Dog

As a breed, the German Shepherd Dog has had a lot of problems in recent decades.  This is primarily due to poor breeding practices and the lack of understanding of the breed among owners.  Whether it is inbreeding, genetic bottlenecks, health problems, temperament issues, it has led to the decline of popularity of the German… Read more »

What Temperament to look for in a Protection Dog

Many people have erroneous opinions about what the temperament of a personal protection dog looks like.  Some see the protection dog as a vicious, unpredictable dog just looking to “eat” someone.  Actually, the opposite is true. First, a protection dog is confident.  (Yes, we are aware of low-level trainers who say that a nervous dog… Read more »

Why a Personal Protection Dog?

Protection dogs use their keen sense of smell, acute hearing, and (it seems in many cases) a sixth sense of intuition, to keep their owners safe 24/7/365.  Nothing else compares!    As good as other means of personal protection are, they are limited: Protection dogs give the widest path of warning and therefore give the… Read more »

The Fast-Growing Dog Trainer Job Market

An animation of a woman training a dog

For those who love canines, becoming a dog trainer may seem like fulfilling a lifelong dream: spending all day with the creatures they love while also providing a valuable service to both the animal and its owner. But like with any potential profession, prospective dog handlers may wonder what their job prospects are like. There’s… Read more »

How to Live with a Working Dog

So, you have decided or may be deciding to get a working dog.  If you’re ready for it, this is one of the smartest decisions you’ll ever make.  If you’re not ready for it, it can be one of the most frustrating things you’ve ever done.  Let us give you some words of tried/true wisdom!… Read more »

The Importance of Human Leadership with a Dog


Nothing about dog training is automatic.  Some people are of the mistaken mindset that domestic dogs can simply perform as we want them to without any responsibility or direction on our part.  This mindset is a farce! A dog’s behavior is nearly always a reflection of his human.  If the human permits sloppiness in the… Read more »

German Shepherd Temperament

After earnestly working/breeding/training German Shepherds for at least 30 years, Max von Stephantitz wrote, “I cannot remember a single shepherd dog who was not in love with children.” That is a far cry from where the breed is in America today.  Unfortunately, many GSDs cannot be trusted around children.  The reasons for this are numerous… Read more »

A Balanced Approach to Dog Training

Conifer Canine’s Dog Trainer College

Here at Conifer Canine, we utilize a balanced approach to dog training.  Balanced dog training means that the trainer/s uses both reward and correction.  In dog training theory, we would say that the trainer uses both positive reinforcement and positive punishment. A balanced approach is not only the most effective in dealing with most dogs,… Read more »