Many reliable and time proven working dogs were used in creating a BRT. Blackies possess the energy, agility of a Giant Schnauzer, happy –go-lucky attitude of Airedale terrier, strength and courage of Rottweiler, intelligence, trainability and versatility of a Standard poodle. BRTs are even- tempered, posses high endurance and love water like a Newfoundland dog. Some of these qualities are more prevalent in certain blood lines. Blackie is extremely intelligent, loyal, self-assured, strong, easily trainable, reliable, and controllable in any circumstance. It is a serious, large, very strong dog. Being a working breed, they have an intense desire to please and delight in having a purpose or job to do. Blackies excel in many venues: obedience, protection, guarding, police work, carting, tracking, agility, some help with farm animals. BRTs love their family, but aloof to strangers; they are naturally protective but not aggressive. It means that a well socialized BRT will do anything to protect a family member/property, but will not attack unless provoked. They love to be with their human family and want to be a part of everything you do: walk, hike, cross country skiing, swimming, visiting friends, car and bike rides.
Most BRTs will test rules and boundaries regularly. They prefer to understand why the task must be done rather than blindly comply. Blackies are very independent, like to make their own decisions. The owner must be firm, fair and always in control. Early obedience training and socialization is highly recommended. The age from adoption to 6 months is crucial for shaping your dog emotionally. Gently expose your pup to every possible smell, object and environment at this age.
Start playing all kinds of “training games” at this age: look for hidden objects, carry favorite toys, re-calls, targeting/touching etc.
BRTs become bored with repetitive tasks, train in short spurs, but demand precision and always praise for the well done job. Mix up the elements of training. Introduce new things to keep dog’s brain working and both of you motivated. Be quick and fair in correction and praise, have fun while training. We want to encourage BRT owners to try out various canine venues. You will be surprised how fast they learn and how much fun you both will have.
Midnight Solo’s 3 year old Multi. Ch. Rusah, CDX, DD, RA, Mobility assistance dog is a great example of versatility of this breed. She was a top CKC working BRT in 2005. We are training for Utility, DDX, Rally Excellent.
Jean Brown, Midnight Solo Kennel