|10-26-2013 01:03 AM|
Qiva likes toys, especially balls. She already retrieves well.
She isnt as into tug as my BC mix was at this age, but she does show some interest.
|10-25-2013 06:55 PM|
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|10-25-2013 06:48 PM|
I am glad that there are so many people out there who have dogs related to Qiva! So far she isnt showing any real prey drive, but I am sure that will change!
I am looking forward to training her to her full potential!
|10-25-2013 05:24 PM|
Still a puppy so a lot can change, but you pretty much described his temperament to a T. Great in and out of the house. Outgoing. Very friendly and social, but not golden retriever social. Solid temperament and hasn't shown any signs of possible fear stages... nothing rattles this pup. Ball freak... when the ball comes out you can easily see that drive turn on. "Livewire" is a good way to explain it, but turns off immediately when we're done. Mine is very biddable so far. Loves to work for his food and will listen to everything I say and train. Star of his obedience class - he was the demo dog. Great family dog.
He'll probably get more serious as he grows and matures into an adult dog, but hopefully doesn't change too much. Very happy with him so far.
|10-25-2013 05:09 PM|
Congrats on the pup. I have a 4.5 year old female whose sire is Lux. The dam is a daughter of Sven v. Grafental/Saskia v. Schaferliesel (my dog is not from Schraderhaus).
My dog is an excellent family dog. She has been super with our kids and is solid with other kids and adults as well. Good-natured, friendly, and kind are good descriptors; aloof and suspicious not so much. Probably not the hard, tough, civil terror Seer is looking for.
While she is really easy in the house, she can be a bit of a live wire when out and about - not a dog who calmly takes the world in and is easily triggered into a high state of drive. Good play drive (toys), but very strong and serious drive for real prey; she values the hunt over anything.
I think the issue with DDR dogs and maturity relates more to protection work than to general trainability or goofiness. Mine was easily trainable from an early age with positive/reward based means. Very smart and a quick learner. However, her desire to do what she wants often overrides her desire to listen and obey. I do not know that I would characterize it as stubbornness, but I do not count biddability as one of her strengths.
All in all, she is, as my youngest would say, "a good gwirl." We're happy to have her and, again, she is an excellent family companion.
Best wishes with your pup. I hope she exceeds all your expectations.
|10-25-2013 12:16 PM|
|Seer||I often wonder where people are getting the DDR dogs they describe, they never match with my experiences either. I have spoke with a few and they were happy with what Jean sent them as well, thats a good sign. I had a dep down for pick female in one of her litters a while back, but the litter only produced one female, it did not work out.|
|10-24-2013 04:32 PM|
I have seen Schrad. dogs personally and always liked them a lot.
|10-23-2013 06:24 PM|
I actually just finished a 2 year internship under a dog trainer, so I will be doing most of the training myself. I am bringing her to puppy classes to get the socialization in anyways though.
I have honestly never had a female in a working capacity! I am glad that they mature faster, but the heats don't sound like fun!
|10-23-2013 02:11 PM|
I think you have made the right decision going with a female. In my experience, females are much quicker to mature. My boy is 1/2 DDR lines and at 3 years old is just now starting to mature, but most times still acts like a 6 month old puppy. That being said, I also know a 100% west German WL that's a year younger than my boy and acts just as immature. Although when you get them into "work" mode, they're just fine.
I have also allowed mine to act goofy as it doesn't matter for me when he's not in training. I love having a goofball around and knowing that he's still that young pup I got 3 years ago.
|10-23-2013 11:49 AM|
|Seer||Very nice, sounds like Jean picked you a winner, Cute kid, good luck to all three of you. Have you picked a training facility?|
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