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Old 11-19-2012, 07:32 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Oh yes, and @selzer , I am not afraid of managing my puppy. He is four months old and I know that GSD's and kids live together in harmony all the time, but new puppy + new nipping raised some serious concerns. His insistence did scare me last night, but apparently, it was puppy play. I have been on this forums, other sites, two vets, and talked with many obedience schools also, because I want the best for him and my family. If it turns out he DOES have serious aggression, my kids come first. BUT---I would do all in my power with training and professionals before it came to that.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:56 PM   #52 (permalink)
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One more thing, you can't see it , but where Kota is sitting in my profile pic is right infront of my basement door with is off my kitchen. I have a bathroom right off my kitchen which is next to the basement door as well. Literally, it was seconds that I was gone throwing some clothes in the bathroom hamper, which is why I said it scared me that he did it asap. I don't mean to come of as a "complainer", I'm just concerned and worried of course about his hips. Just as google tells you that you are dying of cancer when you type in cold symptoms, I have been searching signs of HD in pups ever since the vet gave his grave speech.........I'm just concerned and wishing someone could just say "Kota is fine. Kota will be fine. Cow-hocked isn't important" etc.
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And now that I've made four posts in a row, did you ever hear the story about the kid who wanted to pass his drivers test so he studied the make up of a car? That how I feel now :/ In all my researching GSD's, I missed some of the most important things. I'd never even heard of "cow hocked" until last week.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:06 PM   #54 (permalink)
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I probably met your puppy before you got it. I have met both sire and dam. The two puppies I met were fine temperament wise, and the sire and dam both have excellent temperament.
Sue, haven't you used this sire yourself? So you have done more than just "met" him, right? How has temperament been in your puppies by this dog?
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:14 PM   #55 (permalink)
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Sheilah, his breeder said parents temperment are great. If Sue has breed with Gispo, I'd love to know the puppies temperments. Gispo seems wonderful on all accounts. Kota's mommy "Lia" looks like she's won an award ( in the pic on the breeders site.) I was never questioning breeding at all. I just figured that sometimes, theres an odd-ball in the mix. Although, its looking like Kota isn't such an oddball after all
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If the puppy is only 3 months old then I would say he sees your child as a littermate - something to wrestle with and chew on and do all the things young puppies do to each other.

I highly doubt it is dominance or aggression - puppies that young rarely know what those things are.
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If the puppy is only 3 months old then I would say he sees your child as a littermate - something to wrestle with and chew on and do all the things young puppies do to each other.

I highly doubt it is dominance or aggression - puppies that young rarely know what those things are.
completely agree, and the smells young children have on them are attractive to pups/dogs. He is treating your children as packmates and you need to step up to let pup know he is below the children in the family order. Hope those x-rays show good hips and he is just growing awkwardly.
I wonder if it is just his lines that are causing him the angulation issues. It is common in certain lines, unfortunately.
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Jane and Lauri, thank you so much!! Because I know that he could have hurt us if he really wanted to, I thought it might have been "innocent" but because he wasn't wagging his tail etc., I thought it could be aggression. I'm glad to hear that!! Those x rays aren't coming soon enough. I looked it up a lot and learned what the OFA is to begin with lol, and that they dont' even certify till 2 yrs, but both vets suspected hip displasia. I think it was Selzer that said not to worry or panic until we do x rays and I've been trying to keep my mind occupied .......apparently, I'm failing. When my six year old tells Kota to sit, he listens and she gives him a treat. She loves "training" him. I'm still trying to soak in " angulation/breeding/cowhocked/" etc so I don't know what the answer is that. I do know that hid sire and dam are German imports. Breeder hand selects her dog. The trust in her is what keeps calming me but the fear of him being an odd-ball drives me insane.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:49 PM   #59 (permalink)
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I own a 6 year old West German Showline dog and he was a pretty "loose" puppy. He was cow hocked (still is to some degree) and could be wobbly. For my dog there was a certain amount of tightening that took place throughout the physical maturation process.

I think a lot does have to do with just being a puppy (especially a puppy out of showlines), which makes it so difficult to look at a puppy and say, "Oh, this puppy has bad hips" based only on how the puppy moves. I have seen adult dogs that had "poor" rated hips that never moved wonky at all, and I have seen dogs with "excellent" hips move pretty poorly.

The x-rays, read by a qualified vet, will tell you so much more.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:55 PM   #60 (permalink)
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This is making me feel so much to know that Kota might be A ok About the slick floors though, can anyone answer that?! Are stairs and slick floors really a no-no?! There's no way I could get around that!!
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