The theory sounds good but could you tame a wolf. Some breeds just tend to throw back problems in certain areas. Without doubt the better dogmen and trainers will get the best out of the breed that is possible to get but too fob it off as down to the owner all the time doesn't wash. I'm not just talking about Salukis here but all breeds in general. Patterdales don't make good herding dogs , herding dogs can sometimes be too intelligent for their own good, wheatens and their crosses tend to be dog aggressive, Salukis tend to work for themselves. All these are natural tendencies in the breeds but there is exceptions of course. Sometimes if it just comes natural to the breed it makes life easier on the owner. Like retrieving duck with a Labrador for example, if it makes it look easy then why not?Does it make them a bad owner because they don't want to do a psychoanalysis every time a dog isn't pulling its weight in any given task. Best of luck to anybody who wants to prove a point with a particular breed but usually it's their breed of choice and they will pile criticism on other breeds no problem if it's not their chosen one. It's best let saluki owners run down bullcrosses and vice versa. It makes it a less boring world.
The death of any working dog is the introduction of friendliness, the further away you beeed from purpose , the more kinks you throw into the works
A well worked dog will align with its owner if he knows what's he's about, rearing right and working well promote social behaviour, it's how evolution works
I can understand the frustration in the saluki debate bud but modern canine behaviour knowledge is based around dogs thinking whereas primitive breeds go more by how something Feels ie gut reaction in the immediate moment
We don't tame a cat through dominance, ask yourself why not , ?
Because in short order it would f**k off and never bother with us again , it's simple for the cat if you offer it too much resistance by disciplining it in your space , it just don't bother with that space again Its not personal its instinctive ,
Like a cat the Salukis tuned to a very slight prey vibration, slight movements , flickers in the grass , small frequency movements none of which involve any inclusion from the owner, it responds immediately to Prey Instinct as opposed to prey drive or survival instincts ,
Prey instinctive behaviour , as it says has no inclusion from owner , the clue is in the Instinct part , that's how it functions like most animals on this planet, like our so called close neighbour the apes which if you stuck your arm into its cage without warning would probably rip it off at the elbow ,instincts are how animals function
What is it about herding breeds that can choose social over instinct , prey drive over prey instinct and survival instinct ,
Herding breeds have a larger emotional capacity , if we stand back for a minute and appreciate the problem a working collie has we can understand what's involved, the dog has to hold onto a feeling for both Shepard and sheep , take instruction while high in drive and hold back instinctive behaviour which make it want to run in and kill a sheep , it prefares the slow release of energy while holding onto a feeling for its environment , it's a huge capacity for an animal
On the other hand the primitive saluki is bred to respond to prey instinct only but ,, through expressing prey instinct the dog is figuring out patterns of movement , this leads to that and that leads to work, social follows whatever form the hunt takes , the hunt is what makes the pack not the other way round
Saluki are capable of great feats of prey making It tunes into the prey vibration and goes by feel, it can sit back and read its quarry enjoying every twist and turn , sometimes just enjoying the feeling of movement along side its target , which is just what the herding breeds are doing , enjoy the connection, same as the saluki who is feeling what the hare is feeling and enjoying the ride
The real differences between breeds are their capacity to hold to a feeling , the ability to absorb the movement of shepherd and sheep which may contain 100 animals or more and not break into instinctive patterns is what seals it ,
Different breeds are born with different holding capacity , primitive breeds less so they just are more likely to revert to instinct , every owner has a large predatory vibration which can swamp a dog based solely to focus on smaller vibrations , hares / rabbits , the long and the short of it is , if owner payed more attention to the energy he/ she is putting out the more chilled out the dog would become
I have come to the conclusion the more we focus on training and modifying behaviour the less we grasp what's really going on in the dog and what's really going on is the animal is going by feel,