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07-05-2014 09:25 AM
Ace GSD that is 1 sweet puppy
07-05-2014 08:36 AM
newlie My boy likes to lie parallel to me with his head on my stomach and then use his long front legs to trap my arm and hand on his belly for belly rubs!
07-05-2014 03:59 AM
Kiitsu Lol, my pup is super cuddly too. He always has to be attached to my hip...literally. Or on my lap...with his 54 pound butt lol.
I have found that GSDs use their paws to communicate stuff often! It is just the most charming thing in the world! And its always different for every dog, too. So interesting!
07-04-2014 06:43 PM
wildwolf60 Wonderful! What a smart dog, and very smart of you to understand his actions. We had a female GSD, adopted from a shelter, who was very touchy about her back end and legs..would jump and show teeth each time she was touched. We just kept gently getting her accustomed to touches and light pets, and would keep a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of laughter and humor in front of her. Didn't take too long for her to relax and understand we meant no harm, and pretty soon she stopped reacting completely and was relaxed with any and all touch there. Would roll over, or scoot closer for more rubs!
07-03-2014 11:12 AM
Zeeva Aw...made me smile. Your description played out like a movie while I read this. I think you may have turned a negative conditioning method into a form of communication built by love and trust. JMO.

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07-03-2014 11:01 AM
Lilie Good job, Cable!!!
07-03-2014 10:58 AM
Daisy&Lucky's Mom I think you are dead on w/ that. Speaks to a lot of time on building that relationship.Oh and gotta agree Cable is a great trainer.(LOL)
07-03-2014 09:01 AM
Shade It's amazing what time and patience can do He's trained you well
07-02-2014 11:08 PM
brembo
So smart.

Well, it is a GSD forum afterall.

My male, Cable comes from a sketchy past. Bad eye, possible rear-end trauma and a few stays at a shelter(Tarheel Moms shelter in fact). All that is to say i don't know what happened to the fella prior to living with me.

Cable has issues with his front paws. Structurally they are fine and dandy, he is the epitome of health. The issue is he is very jumpy about things touching his front paws. Like conditioned jumpy, it's not a conscious thought for him to jerk his paw away from tactile feedback. Like poking someone in the side sort of reaction, but with Cable it's even the slightest graze will cause him to jerk his paw away. I'm careful to tap near his paw to let him know I'm going to inspect and he allows, not happily but he's in control of his paw and all is fine. Eh, all I need there, no point in pushing the matter.

Now what is very special and shows just how dang smart these dogs are is how he sees the handling of his paws. If he wants loving or just attention in general he presents me with his front paw(s). He'll walk up to me, and very pointedly put his paw in my hand and stare at me. I can rub or gently massage his paw at this point, but that's not what he is asking for. He is giving me control in return for something. I ask "what? what ya need bud?" and I generally get a pretty good indication of what the need is(rubs, play, bite of my food...etc). I don't think I'm reading anything overly human or emotional into the gesture either. The dog is saying in essence "here is something of value/importance, now compensate".

It works out very well with Cable as he is not a needy dog by any stretch. He's as happy by side as he is curled up in my arms. As long as I'm in sight all is well in his world. My female Allie? Whooo. Her creator dialed up her cuddle to eleven. I could stuff her in my shirt and she'd still not be close enough. Great on chilly winter nights, not so good during the summer.

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