An Interview with COL
10. How easy or how hard is it to affect the balance between the inborn talent and the trained inability of a dog. If the balance were going to skew distinctly one way or the other, which would you prefer? Why?
Barbara Corriveau: As a breeder, I want my dogs to have inborn talent that can be developed by good training and enhanced by good handling. This is the same as it is in the conformation ring. There, I want my dogs to be naturally correct, naturally showy, and beautiful. Grooming, training, and handling only enhance, but, should not create what you see.
Marilyn Clayton: If you don't have drive and work ethic, it becomes a struggle to train what is missing. And some things you simply can't train. I definitely prefer working with a dog with inborn talents.
Noreen Bennett: A dog that had a ton of talent may be too much for a novice handler or someone that can't put a lot of time into the dog. But I much prefer to work with inborn talent EVERY time. It is much easier to work with a dog that has a ton of talent and cannot always channel it than it is to cheerlead a dog to perform.