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Q. I would like to buy a puppy from you but I want one from the best litter. I need one that can get a Sch 3. Are one of your current litters the right litter for me?
Hi, I have talked with your kennel a couple of times. I have a few questions to ask you on the puppies you have available. I am 90% sure I want a female, however, I?m worried that she may not meet the potential that I am after. I understand that I am responsible for a great deal of that, but some genetics are better than others. I am looking for a dog that can achieve not just SchH 3 but a fairly competitive SchH 3. I know a female can't compete with the males, but I have seen some females that I would be more than happy to own. So, with that in mind, do you feel that any of the puppies you have now will meet my requirements, or do you feel that I should wait until you produce a litter with stronger genetics? This is a big commitment, once I make my decision I can't go back. I appreciate you helping me in making my decision. Thank you very much for taking the time to work with me.

Thanks,
Dan

A. What I think is that the difference in the dogs I see at the nationals and a great many of the dogs I breed is the handler - when you finally get to this level (of the dogs that I breed) it comes down to a handler believing in his dog and then accepting the fact that no dog is perfect and all of dog training is problem solving of one sort or another. I sell a lot of dogs that could be at the nationals and never get there because the handlers do not have the skill to train at that level or the handlers choose not to work hard enough to get their dogs to the nationals or the handlers do not live near a helper that is a national level helper. I always compare this to being a narcotics dog handler. I did this for 10 years. I tell people that a good drug dog is 75% handler and 25% dog. The issue is that the dog cannot be 23% it has to be 25%. But the best drug dog in the country is not going to find as much dope with a handler who is only at the 25% level.

So I cannot tell you that future breedings are going to be better genetics.
  
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