I have a few basic questions and I apologize if they are repeats from earlier messages with answers. I live in Duluth, MN. I am wondering if you have any (or know of any) trainers near me within a reasonable distance that you would feel comfortable recommending? I am interested in Protection, Nose work, and possibly IPO or Ring. I do not currently have a dog, but am actively doing research for when that time comes. I have had dogs in my past, however they were hunting dogs. I have since fallen in love with German Shepherd Dogs, but am gravitating towards a Dutch Shepherd. I love all dogs, but the three "big" dogs you breed have become favorites. I have had interaction with high drive dogs and done well with them, but I would have no idea where to start with formal training for sport/protection.
I noticed in one of your earlier posts you asked what kind reinforcement the person used. I have used Positive, Negative, and Electric. I think each dog is different and different techniques play different rolls.
I know there is no substitute for experience, but I would someday love to have half the knowledge of training that you do with working dogs. Is there a good place to start? I would love to learn directly from you, but the the lake and the whole state of WI are in the way!
Also, I know it can be difficult to get a pup from you at times as you are highly in demand. I hate to even ask this, but are there any breeders of Dutch Shepherds in Minnesota that you would recommend I look into? Ideally I would love to make the trip to Michigan to pick a pup up Even if you could email the response to that, I would be grateful.
Thank You So Much For Your Time!