Performance Week 2012

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?

Crispin Collies -- CH Crispin Time After Time AX, AXJ, OF, PD, APJ, APG, Crispin's Darrowby Showman MX, MXJ, OF, CH Crispin Toronado HT, RN and Crispin Medal Of Honor HTBarbara 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.

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The Collie presents an impressive, proud picture of true balance, each part being in harmonious proportion to every other part and to the whole.

– from the AKC Collie Breed Standard

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