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    Yeah if you bond with a dog, I don't think anyone would rehome them. I have seen cases though where the person didn't bond with a particular dog for whatever reason and when rehomed, the dog does a lot better and the person also does much better with a different dog with whom they do bond. I wouldn't rehome Sammy even if he broke every bone in his body, he's my dog now.

    Separately though is the issue of rehoming if the dog is not at all what you're looking for.

    When they're young, and you want you a dog to compete with, you've done it before and at 4 months the dog is really starting to show that it will never be a competitive dog, well I don't think there's anything wrong with rehoming. So long as you find a good home for them. You take a dog on, you're responsible for them but that doesn't mean they need to stay with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99bottles View Post
    Separately though is the issue of rehoming if the dog is not at all what you're looking for.

    When they're young, and you want you a dog to compete with, you've done it before and at 4 months the dog is really starting to show that it will never be a competitive dog, well I don't think there's anything wrong with rehoming. So long as you find a good home for them. You take a dog on, you're responsible for them but that doesn't mean they need to stay with you.
    Yes I can understand this to a point. I think though some people give up too easily. What strikes me about some of the best trainers I know is that they seem to have a very low turn over of dogs. They have had their share of challenging dogs and it seems they do well anyway because they work through it and become better trainers. One of our top handlers told me her most recent youngster was not at all food or toy motivated in the beginning and took a bit longer to get into the ring. You wouldnt know it now to look at her.

    There are of course dogs that will never be suitable and if a good home can be found where they will be happy then there is no problem although in my experience it isnt common to do this.

    I guess I am the sort of person who will persevere and work with what I have. My rescues are a case in point, they just needed time to shine and taught me so much on the journey.

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    When I was a young single mother I got a young crossbreed blue heeler, not thinking that I couldn't cope with a working breed. She was way too hyperactive, and unchallenged with me, so I reformed her with a very young tradie....and I got a Lhasa Apso. A much better fit for all. I got Tara up to level 3 in obedience but no matter what I tried she wasn't interested in retrieving, so we couldn't go on to the advanced level as I wanted, but I wouldn't consider reforming her.

    I take animal ownership and care very seriously these days, and when I take on my next dog it will be for life. I will work on any behavioural issues it has. Since I don't plan on competing it needn't be perfect.

    I get that you would want to find a good home for this failed competition dog......but you can't guarantee that the home you choose will be a good one....or that the people will keep it. I read gumtree dogs for sale all the time, and there are soooo many young dogs/puppies/very old dogs looking for a new home. Most of the ads say they can't give Fido the love and attention he deserves, (like their lifestyle wasn't the same before they got the dog), and it breaks their heart to have to do this.....but it is what is best for him .....and I think, yeah sure....you stick Fido in the backyard and ignore him, and now you can't stand his barking, or he ripped your washing off the line or whatever. Maybe people don't want to deal with normal puppy behaviour, and blame the dog for being a dog instead of themselves for being lazy and stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalacreek View Post
    Yes I can understand this to a point. I think though some people give up too easily. What strikes me about some of the best trainers I know is that they seem to have a very low turn over of dogs. They have had their share of challenging dogs and it seems they do well anyway because they work through it and become better trainers. One of our top handlers told me her most recent youngster was not at all food or toy motivated in the beginning and took a bit longer to get into the ring. You wouldnt know it now to look at her.

    There are of course dogs that will never be suitable and if a good home can be found where they will be happy then there is no problem although in my experience it isnt common to do this.

    I guess I am the sort of person who will persevere and work with what I have. My rescues are a case in point, they just needed time to shine and taught me so much on the journey.
    I'd argue there was more than one factor at play here... Better trainers can get more out of dogs sure but in addition, their passion likely carries over to be more involved in the dog world. They know different lines, they get to know breeders and people in their sports. So they don't just go on gumtree and buy the first dog, they tend to wait years in cases for particular matings and then with the breeder's help, get the pup they think will meet their needs best. So I wouldn't be surprised if they do have low turn over and most cases I've seen it works out. But you can't predict everything and so if it's not working out, I don't think there's anything wrong with them then going to the effort to find a suitable home for that dog. We had a case where we had 2 great dogs in the club, but not bonded to their owners and not gelling in terms of training styles. They actually switched and have gone on to achieve similar high results. All happened before the dogs were 12 months old.

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    I could never do that...although did think about it several times when we first got the little monster pictured below
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