|10-28-2013 08:15 PM|
|45yearsofGSDs||No, it's not like I want to have a beat-down on breeder bought owners. Not at all. And I'm sure you're right when you say some GENETICALLY just cannot handle the bitework. My interest I guess is just more just to provide a good, stable home for the ones that were neglected or very sadly abused. I guess my main point was really the shepherds I have had were always very anxious to please and always responded very well to the way they were treat here. Give them a little love and they'll take care of you for as long as they're able to.|
|10-28-2013 05:26 PM|
I just don't think you should look down or at people who get their dogs from breeders in disbelief. There are lots of reasons those dogs are in shelters, a HUGE majority of them could never do what I ask of them in protection work...nor would it EVER be fair to ask it of them because they do not have the genetic makeup to handle the pressure. No big deal, that's why my sport dog comes from strong/stable lines...and my rescue isn't expected to be in protection.
|10-28-2013 01:48 PM|
|45yearsofGSDs||No formal training either being or taking to. It is pet experience but based on some of the questions I've seen here and all the successes I've had with "PETS", GSDs in particular, IMHO, I just can not understand why anyone would ever spend any money for someone else to tell them how their animal should be or act. German shepherds, as you know, are bred and utilized for their intelligence, dedication, protection and for their appearance. ALL of my animals are and have been rescues. Some have needed "corrective training", others were simply glad they were taken away from their lives of less than favorable conditions and responded in kind. But in each case, not one was ever paid for, except for the adoption fee, of course and all easily trained by, as my mother taught me, time, patience and consistency. Hope that answered your question(s).|
|10-28-2013 01:16 AM|
|DaniFani||Have you worked dogs in sports, on the street, any advanced obedience, or anything? Or are they house pets only? Just curious :-) My uncle likes to say "55 years of husky experience." They've been pets though and he is 60 years old...so he's counting family pets growing up too. Not like he went and did anything beyond that. Nothing wrong with that....just 45 years of pets is different than 45 years of training/trialing and/or working dogs :-). I only ask because you've mentioned a few times when giving training advice how much experience you have and I am always curious if that is pet experience or more advanced working/sport experience. It helps to know when listening to those offering lots of training advice.|
|10-27-2013 11:50 PM|
An unbelievable story of brains and (attempted) braun
I am standing at the fence talking to my neighbor. I looked down and noticed a little sapling that angled toward the ground. I reached down to grab it at the base and begin pulling. Meanwhile, Sadie was lying next to the fence enjoying the breeze and pretty much minding her own business. Suddenly she gets up on her own and grabs the end of this little tree and starts pulling. What surprised me was that she was not pulling like she was playing tug-of-war, but pulling the sapling with me. Pulling with all our might, it wouldn't come out of the ground and I said "can't get it, Sadie". We let go simultaneously and looked at each other as if to say - ok. She turned around to Bear, barked at my neighbor's chocolate lab, Maggie and made a mad dash down towards the end of the yard and back a few times.
I guess you really had t be there to appreciate it, but the two of us just looked at each other in a moment of total and utter disbelief.