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Extract from Max v Stephanitz GSD Words On breeding

“The breeding of Shepherd dogs must be the breeding of working dogs, this must always be the aim or we shall cease to produce working dogs. In contradistinction to working and utility breeding is “sport breeding” which produces a temporary advance but is always followed by deterioration, for it is NOT done for the sake of the DOG, nor does it make him more useful, but it is done for vanity of the breeder and subsequent purchaser”.

“Breeding can only give the foundations for good body build and high efficiency ...... for perfection of the body and for usefulness of vocation, bringing up, keeping and training are responsible.”

The word “SPORT” also means competition for the highest, that is true, but this competition reaches its high watermark in “Exhibitions”, which, just because they demand no real capabilities lead people only too easily astray...”

“Dog breeding must be done by a dog lover and cannot be a profession. The work of breeding service dogs must be the work of dog lovers (such as) the shepherd with sheep breeds as a dog lover, for they have the desire to breed for exemplary, efficient and useful dogs.”

“The dog bred for a business is no longer bred for his service to the breed, but for his market value. The direction of the breed then is dictated by the desires of the market, usually novices to the breed who knows nor cares (nothing) of the weal and woes of the breed, knows nothing of the value or aptitude for work...he often only has eyes for IMPOSING, REMARKABLE, and even a RUFFLING SWASHBUCKLER”

“The breeder on a small scale, one who works with one or two bitches, is the most serviceable breeder for service dogs, for he can care for his breeding animals and their progeny to such an extent that he can produce strong sound animals that can be trained”

“Breeding on a large scale and in a kennel is the ruin of sound Shepherd dog breeding. It is not possible to keep shepherd dogs in “herds”...... his master must be able to be busy with him, especially as a young dog.”

“A dog raised in a kennel craves to escapes from such a crass stupidity into liberty, the presence of people ......to play and work (and) causes a state of continuous exasperation that frets at their nerves..... may acquire a craze for purposeless reaction......often harmful to themselves.”

“The more we emphasize the social and civil importance of service dog breeding , the easier it will be for all true friends of the breed to keep it sound......it will then be stripped of all which has grown through indifference, ignorance, vanity, the obsession for sport and greed for money.

The internationalism of the big bank balance has been the downfall of the Shepherd dog.

Every dog is not suitable for every bitch, even as, for other reasons, every man is not a mate for every woman.

The Captain on Training the Dog, correction and punishment, and temperament of the trainer

How shall we produce in dogs that which is absent in man?

Whoever can find the answer to this question “How shall I say this to to my dog?...has won the game.

The good Shepherd dog knows his master almost better than himself and must wonder indeed at the lack of reverse

Not everyone is suited to be an instructor and even less to be a trainer

Confidence in the master must be the foundation .......all exercises culminate in coming to the master and working with him.

Our chief means of influencing our dogs are eye, gesture and voice......a good trainer can do everything with these, without any other means at his disposal for punishment.

Training is a sine qua non (meaning a condition that is indispensible) and obedience the foundation of every training; both go hand in hand and both are inseparable. Blind and servile obedience is not rooted in trust, but fear.....such we do not demand from our dogs, but an obedience that is joyful and willing, founded in love for the master.

The art of a good trainer consists in making (any) compulsion as imperceptible as possible compulsion is not punishment, the trainer must make sure the dog understands this by his tone and countenance.

Training that is too severe and loveless cause’s agony to the soul of the dog, his possibilities will not unfold because his trust in his trainer is lacking. Sound training keeps itself within its bounds....producing joy in work.

The dog can read from the glance of a trainer the state of the trainer’s soul.

The trainer must first learn self control before he can control the dog. He must always know how to adapt his methods to the nature of the dog.

Let the trainer examine himself when the dog makes a mistake or does not understand the exercise, or fails in obedience and let him ask “Where am I at fault?”

Drill never produces the same results as training which penetrates the soul of the dog.

Easily irritated and rough is absolutely unsuitable.

A short jerk must not deteriorate into a senseless jerking here and there.....whoever loses his temper deserves a thrashing himself.

Bygones must be bygones..........proud dogs especially need this.

To obtain good results a trainer must possess even disposition, decisiveness, clearness, and a loving understanding of the animal and his nature.

You must discern between the stubborn and the yielding, the receptive and the slow in the uptake.

One must begin with the easiest........the more difficult when the dog has a grasp of what is elementary.

To enforce the performance of an exercise is only right when the dog refuses out of sheer cussedness and there is no fault in the training, or error in giving an order, even then the conscientious trainer will ask himself whether he will attain his end more certainly by appearing to break off abruptly and change over to an exercise the dog does well and does gladly.....to calm the dog and have him in hand again,(rather) than to exact again an exercise which was just before refused.

The foundation of confidence starts immediately .......constant changes of home, like a servant destroys the nature of the dog and his faculties.

Nothing tires and paralyses the mental powers as much as constant reiteration of the same exercise it’s a weary as when “Uncle sings the only song he knows”

If a dog does not understand an exercise, a change of exercise, a change of venue or trainer, often works wonders.

The first training of a pup should instil good habits in them, while the training for a specific vocation must not start before the 10th month, better still after a year.

It must be a principal that every session ends with a petting to keep alive the joy in the work.

The dog must be praised for prompt obedience and for work well done, and indeed the praise must be given at once, especially after initial stupidity or opposition it does it  correctly or shows willingness to do it.

A dog, especially a young dog, can never be praised too much

The aim of punishment is improvement not vengeance.

Punishment must only be given in close connection with what has preceded it, NEVER for clumsiness, always for defiance and disobedience.

There are any amounts of punishment a thoughtful trainer can discover ...... reproof or withholding praise, is the mildest are sufficient in the majority of cases..... a short jerk on the collar ........a clod of dirt thrown at a dog not working close....... the whip the last, most drastic and never anything but a light switch, never the leash, never the hand, never during a walk and never for very long (and) the owner always with the whip testifies to his own incapacity ......... many dogs cannot bear it and are ruined, others may need or endure it, but it doesn’t affect them at all. The whip must first be shown as a threat, or cracked, if applied, done only on the flanks, never on the back or sides.