Dealing With Mixed Breeds of Dogs

Dog owners who treat their pet like a family member are more likely to pass along their genes, which means they are more likely to pass on healthy genes to their offspring. But even if your dog’s ancestry is clean, you can still get a lot of good health information from their parents and ancestors. A recent analysis of DNA collected from nearly 8,000 dogs from around the world indicated that the blood of the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Belgian Malinois were more closely related to each other than to any other breed.

How To Choose The Right Dog Breeds

The American Staffordshire Terrier and the Belgian Malinois are both purebred dogs and both have been breed together from the original dog stock of the American Kennel Club. The American Staffordshire Terrier is a mix of the English and American dog stocks, while the Belgian Malinois is a mix of the Belgian and French dog stocks. When you breed these dogs they get closer to each other through breeding and also because their ancestors belonged to different breeds of dog, in the case of the American Staffordshire Terrier they belonged to the sporting breed, while the Belgian Malinois was a fighting breed.

How DNA Plays A Role

It is possible that some DNA studies conducted by the Kennel Club have skewed the ancestry of the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Belgian Malinois towards each other because these breeds were originally bred to be more similar.

But genetic variation is no problem because with modern DNA technology you can study the genome of a dog and compare it to that of other dogs and to humans. DNA is information, it can contain information from the environment or it can contain information from the genes of a living being. It can contain the information from the genes or it can contain the environment. If it contains the genes then variations are possible.

Can This Be Harmful For Your Dog?

The variation in the DNA of dogs is due to genetic drift and the drift in the ancestors of the dogs can be due to climate or to human movement and can also be caused by accidents. It is possible that a dog’s genetics can drift for thousands of years resulting in each dog having the same DNA as other dogs. It is also possible that the breeds can differ because of breeding.

Genetics is the process of copying the genes of living beings. Every cell of the body contains a copy of the entire genome of a species. With the genome it is possible to see all the factors that affect that species.

Why Genetics Matters

Genetics has been used to look at the genetics of breeds. So many breed have some dogs that have the same genetics as other breeds. You can predict how that dog will look like before they were born. It is possible that breed can have the same genetics because they are the result of breeding.

Genetic drift is also a normal process for genes to change, the DNA could differ slightly from one generation to the next. In this case there will be no genetic differences between the dog and the ancestors of the dog. In our species it is possible that genetic drift has made all the genes of all the dogs virtually identical.

Understanding The Traits Of Your Dog

However if drift is used with a breed that has the breed’s pedigree from the beginning we are left with a cross between a breed and the ancestors of the breed. That breed’s traits are the result of the genes from the ancestors of the breed plus the traits of the dog.

So if all of the genes of the dog are identical to those of the ancestors of the breed then you will end up with a dog that has traits from all the breeds. It is also possible that some genes have changed or disappeared so many years ago that it is impossible to find them today. There are also some traits that were present in the breed but they are no longer present.

How To Cross Your Dog With The Best Breed

You can also cross a dog with a specific breed but you can not cross breeds of the same breed. If the ancestors of the dog are closely related (blood related) then they can pass on the traits of the breed. The trait is called recessive because they can not show the trait if bred to the ancestors of the breed.

It is a well known fact that dogs can be of different breeds or have traits of different breeds. But the trait is recessive and they cannot pass it on. So yes you can have mixed breeds or dogs that are all breeds but are not always. If you want to do a complete breed test for testing purposes then you have to contact the AKC to buy a dog for it. To do a complete breed test for breeding purposes you can go to the AKC website and pay the fee and get a letter which you can present to any AKC approved dog breeder. The dog breeder will give you a certificate to present to your potential puppy owners to get your dog.

So got a fun case today i haven’t done one of these for a little while, if you’ve been following the journey, you know that i tend to do all my in-person behavior modification work is done with the death row.

Police cases on a volunteer basis at the shelters, but this was for a friend we’ve got a beautiful golden retriever called sandy sandy yeah good boy, good boy, wonderful, temperament, very happy-go-lucky, lovely dog.

Butt is one of the worst pullers we’ve ever seen and has made for its owners who’s a friend of a friend. So i said i’d, help them out it’s, become a miserable experience for them. They ‘ Ve got young kids; their cycle has begun where they are finding it very difficult to walk it.

So it’s, not getting as much exercise or the behavior start to slip in so my goal of today. It’s, a very straightforward case. For me, bread and butter. I miss doing these quite straightforward. Ones is to go from a extremely bad puller through to beautiful heel walking, and i’m hoping we can do that in about 30 minutes.

It’ll, be a really lovely thing to do for them. So classic case not a bad dog, not an aggressive dog, not a reactive dog, just a dog with no engagement, so the foundation of what we need to start with is just simply building engagement.

Now, as you can see, even just me, moving around here sandy’s, not engaged with me at all. He’s. Doing his own thing. He’s, looking where he’s, going it’s, not a bad thing. It doesn’t, come from any kind of problems like i say, aggression, the dominance, reactive, it’s, just no engagement.

So all we’re going to do. Is we’re, going to start with a tune-up? I’ve brought him out on the training, lead to start with, just to kind of get a feel for him, and i think all we’re going to have to do.

Is we’re, going to swap out to my trusty slip lead and we’re just going to do some directional changes start to build up that engagement. Once i get that engagement, we’re 75 of the way. Then we’ll tune; it up turn it into a heel with a bit of free shaping and hopefully in 30 minutes or so we’ll.

Give this dog back beautifully. He’ll train with stunning engagement right. So all we’re going to do is we & # 39? Ve got the slip, lead, nice and high on his neck, and what we’re going to do is start just doing some directional changes.

So i’m. Not looking for any heel yet, but as he goes sandy let’s. Go sandy! Let’s, go good sandy! Let’s! Go yes! Good straight away! Sandy! Let’s, go good boy! Sandy! Let’s, go good sandy! Let’s! Go yes! Good boy that one i’m, going to lavish with praise.

So we’re, going to go back and talk about that. One again, i’m, not bothered about this. We’re, going to deal with all this later. What i’m looking for is, when i mark it with that sandy, let’s go, and i turn is that he’s engaged with me and comes if he doesn ‘

T engage with me and ignores my command and he’s off in the distance somewhere else. A little bit of lead pressure from the slip lead is going to inherently correct that for me and it’s going to make him just snap him out.

I think oh yep, this way, next time sandy, let’s. Go is going to mark that behavior. Oh, we’re going this way that’s. How we build that engagement, it really isn’t rocket science. It’s, just a little bit of finesse at the right time of when you apply that lead pressure.

So i ‘ Ll. Show you that again let’s. Go sandy! Let’s! Go! Oh! Yes! Good boy! Let’s. Go oh good boy! Let’s! Go yes! Good! So already you can clock this. He’s, starting to engage with me already because he’s waiting for me to make my movement sandy.

Let’s, go yes! That could be a little bit better, so he’s still doing his own thing, but we’re at that 50, where he’s. Checking back to me now, so we’re, starting to build engagement sandy. Let’s! Go oh good boy! Yes, oh good boy and you’ll notice.

At this point, i’m. Not using any food work. Look at the difference already from a little bit of engagement sandy, let’s. Go oh good boy! We’re already at a one finger walk this. We can tune up. Let’s.

Go oh good boy! Yes, vocal! Inflection! No food works. I don’t want to bribe that behavior. I want that behavior to come from legitimate relationship and engagement with me later on, i’m going to bring in food reward.

I’m, going to lavish it with food reward when we’re really dialing in the heel work. But for now engagement, shouldn’t, be a bribery, a result of bribery. It should be a result of relationship and communication.

So, as you can see, we’ve swapped out to one of our prototype products that we’re working on, which is a a long line. Slip lead the reason i’ve done. This is because, as you already saw, making huge levels of progress with engagement, but within being so energetic, so boisterous so lively, he is naturally reaching the end of the slip lead very quickly, which isn’t.

Giving me a lot of time to get my timing and finesse for those directional changes in swapping out to a long line as you’ll, see in a minute will give me a little bit more time to let him go out for me to Make my directional turn and give him the opportunity to engage with me and come if he doesn’t, then he gets a little bit of lead pressure to redirect him and build that engagement.

So we’re, just going to drill that now i’ll have joe film it for a little while. So i’m going to let him have a bit of space sandy. Let’s! Go yes! Good boy, what a good boy, what a good boy again, i’m, not after any kind of heel work.

Yet he doesn’t know what the term heal means he’s, never been taught it so to expect that from him would be completely unfair and to correct him would just be cruel, but what i want to do now is again Sandy, let’s.

Go now. He ignored me a little bit of lead pressure. Good boy! Yes, oh thank you again. We’re in this together, good boy. This i don’t mind. We’ll deal with this. Afterwards, it’s. All about engagement.

We swap back to the short lead and we’re. Getting that engagement really nicely sandy sit. Oh yes, thank you good boy and i’m. Just always looking for this eye contact again happy dog, relaxed demeanor, and now what we’ve started to do again.

Direction changes, but now we swap back to a short lead is that we started to three shape that behavior to the left. Now, what you’re about to see is the power of engagement in this level of free shaping.

Again, i don’t mind this. That’s, a problem for another day, because what you’re about to see is how let’s, go so again. Demeanor i’m in charge of this walk and that level of engagement changes massively.

So if you’ve that you’ll see these subtle changes in his head movement, where he’s, going to just quickly check to me and see everything’s. Okay, sandy! Let’s! Go! Oh yes, good boy and he’s, responsive sandy.

Yes, so again that was beautiful. I was hoping that would happen, so you saw that all the minimal amount of lead pressure with a finger is required just to bring him back into position when he’s in this position, happy go lucky tail wagging.

Looking up to me, let’s, go good boy! Thank you! Good boy, bit distracted by the camera man. This is another opportunity sandy. We just bring him back in again, we’re, talking literally a finger worth of lead pressure.

This isn’t a dog that’s being abused. This isn’t a dog that’s in pain. This is finally a dog with the weight of his world off his shoulders because somebody stepped in and taken control of this walk. So, as you can see now shoulders back head up literally walking in with a finger, i’m sure the cameraman can see that and he’s happy because we’re now, working together rather than separately and him having To make his own decisions and not used any commands other than let’s go good boy if he goes too far ahead, a little bit of lead pressure just to remind him, bring him back in now.

The reason this works so well – and i didn’t – have to jump to extreme levels of correction or corrective tools is because of that engagement because it became responsive through the conditioning work that we did during the directional changes drill.

So it might seem silly that you’re going back and forward. The outcome of that drill is to build engagement. We built enough engagement now around distractions, in a farm environment where, with the tiniest bit of lead pressure, it can bring him back to me, bring that attention back and have him looking now again.

This is a dog that’s. How old is he joe? I think he’s, three three years old and in 20 minutes his life has been transformed through a little bit of leadership, guidance and direction. Now we just need to layer on that build on that.

What i would like to see now is more eye contact. I’m, not going to correct him for it, because he doesn’t understand, but i’m going to appreciate that behavior over time. If when he naturally gives it to me, he’s going to get rewarded or i can lure it.

Oh goodbye. Yes, thank you so the little noise he got his attention. He looked up to me. Then we praise and reinforce that behavior. What that starts to build up in his mind, especially an incredibly intelligent mind like you, aren’t.

You is that, oh, when i make eye contact, he’s nice to me. I could have food rewarded that, if i want to i don’t think he needs it same principle again boy, yes, good good boy. He’ll, start to very quickly learn that looking up to me for guidance and direction making eye contact to me brings in positive things.

I will start doing that more. I’ll start praising and reinforcing it more. That display of behavior will increase and that engagement then increases over time, but what we’ve done is we’ve shaped new behavior that now, through practice and repetition, when we hand it back to the owner will become second nature.

The way that, for the last three years pulling and not looking for any guidance and direction has become second nature and again we now have a well-mannered calm relaxed. If you can go back to the start of the video and look at the energy level differences.

It’s. These things that mean more to me when i talk about the weight of the world, comes off a dog’s, shoulder when you step in and take the steering wheel, that’s. What you see in here, calm, relax rather than giddy jump.

It’s, not necessarily hyperactive or playful oftentimes. It stems from anxiety or fear. So we ‘ Ve got a beautiful example here. What a lovely distraction! Somebody’s, just rocked up to the farm.

We’re now going to do this again. Look at different straight away. Attention has been broken, but i need to bring this back to me. Oh good boy, thank you good boy. Let him know that when you look up to me everything’s; okay, and we’re going to just write.

So he’s distracted by this sandy. Let’s. Go look at that beautiful, okay boss! Where are we going one finger walking shoulders back chest up? I’m in charge of this. I’m, not asking you to not look at that car.

I looked at the car. Something new is here: who’s, that why are we doing it, but i’ve said it’s time to go so we go. I say: let’s, go! Oh good boy! Thank you and i’m, leading this. We’re walking this let’s.

Go oh good boy! Thank you! Good boy again, a little bit of lead pressure brings him back in good boy put in the space for 20 minutes. Just through i can’t stress it enough. Focusing on leadership, engagement and relationship has transformed this dog’s life, and i want him to be a dog.

I want him to be happy that was work time. Sandy sit, oh good boy. Thank you. I’ve asked for that from you now break and off you go good boy, go and be a free dog go and have the world. Is it your oyster, yes and we can play, but now, when it’s time for me to bring that back up sandy, let’s go and it’s work time again let’s.

Go good. Sandy sit sit, oh good boy, yes, sandy break, and now it’s time to play and be a dog you

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