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Old 12-08-2013, 06:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What significant changes did you notice as your puppy started becoming an adult?

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She is currently a year old since last Tuesday.
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The massive increase in Lisl's level of confidence, her sociability
improved, she has become more assertive, her attention span and level of understanding has increased, her pack and defensive drives have increased while her prey drive has remained the same.

Each of these temperament and personality trait changes are very easy to recognize from past experiences with not only Lisl, but from my past GSD's too.

Like all sables her coat has changed a lot, and is probably not finished even yet at over a year old now.

She still doesn't like much to be held except for snuggles in the morning but she tolerates it from me.
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I'd say my dog has changed massively in appearance, she was all black and now has a sexy saddle. She is way more affectionate. She's still excitable at times but calms much quicker. She is happy to lay around the house a lot more instead of constantly playing. I don't have to give her commands as such anymore, I talk to her and she just seems to do what I say. I can remember once telling her, "Alright you can go out, but hurry up and pee and come straight back cos I need to go out." My friend was amazing when she ran out, pee'd and ran straight upstairs into the crate. Another time we were walking in a park and she was off-lead, I said to her, "Winter I don't want to go that way, lets go down this path and have a break". So she switched direction, ran ahead of me and went and sat on a bench, while people walking by just stopped and stared. Sorry I'm rambling, but yeah, I'd say the obedience and bond is significant
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Mine got bigger...lol
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Mine got bigger...lol
I see what you did there. Your avatar reeeeally suits you.

I have been noticing my puppy's increase in drive and length of focus.
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I think the biggest difference with Olivia is her ability to recognize when I mean business with commands. No more "oh dad do you really mean I have to stop trying to chew the blanket"... That and she really takes well to hand commands. Incredibly intelligent dog. She knows good behavior equates to praise and bad behavior equates to a time out.
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When dad is not home, he reacts at the doorbell like the UPS guy is going to slaughter us all. This is new.
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Mine got bigger...lol

Mine too! Weird!


While I am far from a world class trainer, I've found we work a bit more as a team now. She's not as hectic as she once was, although I still struggle with some issues (low threshold, capping drives etc). She feels a bit more like my friend and companion, as opposed to a wild Tasmanian devil who somehow got into my house.
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I'd say my dog has changed massively in appearance, she was all black and now has a sexy saddle. She is way more affectionate. She's still excitable at times but calms much quicker. She is happy to lay around the house a lot more instead of constantly playing. I don't have to give her commands as such anymore, I talk to her and she just seems to do what I say. I can remember once telling her, "Alright you can go out, but hurry up and pee and come straight back cos I need to go out." My friend was amazing when she ran out, pee'd and ran straight upstairs into the crate. Another time we were walking in a park and she was off-lead, I said to her, "Winter I don't want to go that way, lets go down this path and have a break". So she switched direction, ran ahead of me and went and sat on a bench, while people walking by just stopped and stared. Sorry I'm rambling, but yeah, I'd say the obedience and bond is significant
Oh I miss that so much. Our last Shepherd didn't have that so much. Some maybe but not like the previous Shepherd. I swear she knew everything I was saying. My hopes are the new pup will have that eventually.
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