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06-14-2014 08:28 PM
middleofnowhere The Monk's books were revolutionary in their day but that day has passed. There's a lot in there that is no longer recommended. Trust the breeder for helping with your selection.

My favorite dog training book is Sheila Booth's "Pure Positive Training: Companion to Competition.".
06-14-2014 06:58 PM
Cara Fusinato Order/download book The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete. If you have a kindle you can have it downloaded and read in a day. It clearly presents these personality types. If the pup is TOO confident you will have trouble and if the pup is TOO shy you will have trouble. You want the middle of the road unless you are really experienced. You can also find the Temperment Test the monks use online (google puppy temperment test monks of new skete) and it will show you some simple tests to do or ask the breeder to do and you an evaluate which pup would be more suited to your needs. I am hearing descriptions that could be more middle of the road or extreme so the test would be more concrete data.

Hope that helps. It's a good book. I will be evaluating for my pick of a litter of shelties using it next weekend.
06-14-2014 12:37 PM
Cassidy's Mom I'd definitely go with the more confident one. If he were independent to the point of not showing much interest in engaging with people it might be different, but the breeder did describe him as "outgoing", so it sounds like that's not the case.

Halo is VERY confident, the most confident dog we've ever had. She's totally fearless and ready for anything, which has made her tons of fun to train. She's more independent than Keefer (who would smear himself all over me like peanut butter, if that were possible - he defines "affectionate" ) but in her case that just means she doesn't need to be right on top of us all the time, she's happy to go nap in another room, while Keef is always has me in sight, and is usually within a few feet of me. I've never had trouble engaging Halo, she works very well for me and she's easily motivated by food, toys, and even happy praise. She's actually pretty cuddly too, so we didn't have to give up affection for confidence.
06-14-2014 02:36 AM
middleofnowhere Sounds like a great road trip! Have fun and find your puppy.
06-14-2014 01:00 AM
Ace GSD
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When i went back to look at some of the breeders near ATL i recognized some from when i first started looking. I'm not sure what turned me off of a few of them but i definitely did look in a much closer vicinity than what i ended up with! after i talked around, i found someone who had gotten a puppy from where i was looking at and they love what they got. i searched through their website, talked to the breeders, found out that there would be a puppy ready in the exact week i was trying to get one and i fell in love. after that is when i realized that the drive from atl to memphis is a little farther than i thought i would be! I would keep looking around if i hadn't already put a few deposits on him. your pup is so cute though!
And thankfully, i got some time off in my schedule and am making a roadtrip up there this wednesday to play with them and spend the day with the puppies
Yes !!! i feel like i been nagging you to get a puppy from Atlanta instead lol...its just that 7 hours drive with a puppy..... thats tough , for the puppy too. Have fun !
06-14-2014 12:59 AM
sarahp
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In what scenario would someone ever choose a shy pup over a confident one?

I'd rather get too much dog than not enough.
that's exactly what i figured but i wanted to see if anyone had taken that chance and gotten a shy puppy and had it turn out to be an incredible dog. being new to the breed, i didnt know how much their personalities would change in the 6-8 weeks like it does with some other breeds.
I know a confident puppy is usually the best way to go but i wanted to check and make sure i wasn't overlooking things! I usually have a tendency to over think everything and I didn't want to pick the confident one if it would grow up being a lot more dog than i was prepared for.
i have spent a lot of time looking through training methods so i know it has a lot to do with the way they are raised and trained but i wanted to get any leg up i could and get started on the right foot
06-14-2014 12:50 AM
sarahp
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Originally Posted by Ace GSD View Post
My point excatly ! play with the puppy, pick them up , hug'em . Altho the puppy will connect with you anyways when you take them home.
When i went back to look at some of the breeders near ATL i recognized some from when i first started looking. I'm not sure what turned me off of a few of them but i definitely did look in a much closer vicinity than what i ended up with! after i talked around, i found someone who had gotten a puppy from where i was looking at and they love what they got. i searched through their website, talked to the breeders, found out that there would be a puppy ready in the exact week i was trying to get one and i fell in love. after that is when i realized that the drive from atl to memphis is a little farther than i thought i would be! I would keep looking around if i hadn't already put a few deposits on him. your pup is so cute though!
And thankfully, i got some time off in my schedule and am making a roadtrip up there this wednesday to play with them and spend the day with the puppies
06-12-2014 04:53 PM
boomer11 In what scenario would someone ever choose a shy pup over a confident one?

I'd rather get too much dog than not enough.
06-12-2014 02:43 PM
LaRen616
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When it came down to 2 puppies for me to choose between, both puppies were confident but one was a little more adventurous and a little more confident than the other. They weren't shy or scared, in fact, when I was there the puppies knocked down a metal statue that made a lot of noise and none of the puppies scattered, they went right up to it and started climbing all over it.

Anyways, I interacted with the 2 boys at the same time and then I interacted with them one on one. The more confident puppy was really not interested in me, he would start digging a hole, run around the yard chasing bugs, he would chew on something. We just didn't connect. When I was with the puppy that was less confident, I kept giggling, he would run around but he always came back to me. He would let me pet him and hold him on my lap but then he would go off playing again but he would look over at me. My heart just knew it, he made me smile and laugh, he made my heart skip, he was mine the moment I held him and I think we both knew it. My ex boyfriend was with me when I picked him out, he was mad and felt that I made the wrong decision and that I should have taken the more confident puppy home. He was almost kind of rude about it but it was going to be my puppy not his so I stuck with my decision. Well when we got home, later that night, my ex told me I chose the right puppy. He'll be 1 at the end of the month and he is EXACTLY what I wanted. I made an excellent choice.

When it is time to pick a puppy, can you interact with them both at the same time and then interact with them one on one? I think after spending time with them both, your heart will make the right decision.
I wanted to add that my puppy was actually the least attractive puppy out of the 4 that were left, his looks didn't matter though, it was his personality and the attention that he gave me that made me choose him. So looks are not everything!

Not saying that my puppy isn't pretty because he definitely is!
06-12-2014 02:32 PM
Ace GSD
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Originally Posted by LaRen616 View Post
When it came down to 2 puppies for me to choose between, both puppies were confident but one was a little more adventurous and a little more confident than the other. They weren't shy or scared, in fact, when I was there the puppies knocked down a metal statue that made a lot of noise and none of the puppies scattered, they went right up to it and started climbing all over it.

Anyways, I interacted with the 2 boys at the same time and then I interacted with them one on one. The more confident puppy was really not interested in me, he would start digging a hole, run around the yard chasing bugs, he would chew on something. We just didn't connect. When I was with the puppy that was less confident, I kept giggling, he would run around but he always came back to me. He would let me pet him and hold him on my lap but then he would go off playing again but he would look over at me. My heart just knew it, he made me smile and laugh, he made my heart skip, he was mine the moment I held him and I think we both knew it. My ex boyfriend was with me when I picked him out, he was mad and felt that I made the wrong decision and that I should have taken the more confident puppy home. He was almost kind of rude about it but it was going to be my puppy not his so I stuck with my decision. Well when we got home, later that night, my ex told me I chose the right puppy. He'll be 1 at the end of the month and he is EXACTLY what I wanted. I made an excellent choice.

When it is time to pick a puppy, can you interact with them both at the same time and then interact with them one on one? I think after spending time with them both, your heart will make the right decision.
My point excatly ! play with the puppy, pick them up , hug'em . Altho the puppy will connect with you anyways when you take them home.

To be honest mine was so shy he never wanted to come to me.. there were 3 left, Ace and the 2 girls and i wanted a boy ! So even tho the all black puppy was the one making connection with me but i was determined to have a boy.Ace just stayed in the corner cause he was so shy.

Now he cling to me so much.. too much.. he would follow me everywhere , although he live with my co-worker right now but its me that he always follow.
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