i often tell people grizzly is not a dog , he's a k-9 athlete.
when he's not training or competeing he's in the kennel.
he doesn't come in the house(except for rare occations).
i don't concider him my pet- more like a faithful old tractor who's aways there to get the job done - with tail wagging!
i have raised saints inside as pets and will tell you that i didn't get the same work ethics out of these dogs( they get too caught up in everyday drama of life), working dogs know only there job and get there love, rewards, attention from getting the job done.
keeping working dogs this way isn't for everyone, somepeople need more companionship than work from there pets , but like any top level competiter there life evolves around there sport.
when i first started weight pulling- first pull ever a man named gary smith from canada asked me (after seeing my saints attemt pulling) if my dog was a house pet , when i told him yes he said he could tell.my dogs took first and third that day with stiff novice competition, but that day changed the way i raised my next dog - griz