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09-15-2014 01:43 AM
anonymouse71 When I trained my Sallie to walk on a leash, she did ok except when she saw a squirrel or bunny and then she would literally jerk me off my feet to run after it. I was advised to use one of those silver metal-pronged collars (dont know what they are called). I thought it was kinda mean at first until I tried it, but really it isn't. And it absolutely stopped the massive jerking and pulling she was doing. As long as she don't pull, she dont feel it. I still use it when I carry her on walks because she is so excitable and prone to chase things (cars included). So now, she sees a car or squirrel and gets all excited and kinda bouncy, but she don't jerk and pull.

Also, I mixed up some vinegar and water in a small stream-squirt bottle and I squirt her or near her when she gets out of line or tries to chase something. She hates the bottle and the smell of the liquid, but she gets the idea and stops the misbehavior.

Good luck to you
09-15-2014 12:09 AM
Stonevintage Thanks all for your posts. She's 13 wks today and weighs 35 pounds.

From the time I got her at 10.5 weeks (25 lbs), I've given her half regular Purina Dog Chow and half Iams Super Puppy - before you barf - Iams Super puppy came at a high "B" rating compared to all their other brands.
The regular dog chow is intended to offset the high power of the puppy chow. I don't know how else to try to keep her weight down. She has a waist and is not fat. She runs like crazy and chases butterflys and bees and grasshoppers all day. She also gets 2 Tbs live culture yogurt on her breakfast kibble.

I hope I've toned the food down enough. She's getting a raw bone (for the marrow) once a week and she shares a roasted chicken with me every ten days or so. Oh my, but how she loves chicken!
09-04-2014 02:47 PM
Traveler's Mom I'm your size and Traveler is now 7. I will be the first to admit I wish I knew then what I know now.
For the first year I was a flag on the end of his leash...until he decided to stop...then I was a scraped up bloody mess. Then I met a guy who trained dogs. I learned so much.

The one lesson that saved me from being bruised and bloody during our beginning training series was to watch the dog. I could see when Traveler was getting ready to chase a squirrel or cat or whatever. I learned to immediately turn 180° and bring the leash around my body as I turned. I found if I leaned over with the leash pressed against my belly and hip, I had much more staying power.

Once the dog takes off and your arms are extended in that same direction, you've lost all ability to stay upright.

Traveler is wonderful now but I still have the scars.
09-04-2014 02:13 PM
Originally Posted by Girl_Loves_Hydraulics View Post
My Lena must be a horse...20 lbs at 8 weeks, 30 lbs at 12 weeks, and 40 lbs at 16 weeks...She's female
This is almost exactly what my girl weighed at that age. She's now 26 month's and weigh's 80 pounds. I'm 5'3 and 120 pound female and she doesn't pull me down when we walk, and she could if she wanted to. But train her now, and you won't have a problem when she get's bigger.
08-29-2014 10:37 PM
Harry and Lola Whist you can't change her genetic makeup, its really important to ensure she stays at a 'normal' weight range especially during critical growth periods (2 to 9 months), there is evidence that excessive weight gain during the 2 to 5 months can influence dysplasia (assuming the gene is there - most likely is).

Try and keep her within the following:-

12 to 20 weeks gaining up to 1.6 to 2.2 pounds max a week
20 to 26 weeks gaining up to 1.1 to 1.6 pounds max a week
26 to 32 weeks gaining up to 0.5 to 1.1 pounds max a week

You do have control over her diet, if you are feeding her dry kibble it is important to realise that different dry foods can make huge differences in weight gain, especially the super premium/more concentrated ones. Sometimes it is easy to increase the suggested amount because the correct amount doesn't look enough, being concentrated the puppy does not need as much, however some people may think they are not getting enough or the amount in the food bowl does not look enough and increase the amount beyond recommendation - therefore overfeeding.

A lot of people suggest from about 8 to 12 weeks onwards to put puppy on adult dry food with no more than 22 to 24% protein and 12 to 14% fat plus raw meat/bones etc. That way if you overfeed the consequences won't be so drastic compared to if on a super concentrated high protein/fat diet.
08-29-2014 08:32 PM
jeepgirl Kymber will be 12 weeks this coming Sunday, and this past Monday she weighed in at 22.1#.
08-29-2014 08:06 PM
Franksmom That's about what Frank was at that age, He's 94pounds and 31 inches now at 4 years old.
Start training now, Frank's twice as big as any of my other dogs and is the easiest to walk and handle. Glued to me at all times, great recall.
My New Aussie on the other hand at 16 mos of age and 52 pounds can be a handful, he's learning, but he goes at things at 1 speed FAST! LOL
08-29-2014 07:53 PM
JakodaCD OA The biggest gsd I ever had, Kodi the "mutant" was 20lbs at 8 wks and ended up 125lbs and 32 inches at the shoulders as an adult, I kept him VERY lean, he also had a nose you could land a lear jet on

My latest puppy at 8 wks, weighed 8lbs,,oh yeah she's a mini aussie
08-29-2014 07:35 PM
Originally Posted by Stonevintage View Post

I this is my 3rd GSD. First 2 were males - one lived to be 13.5 the other 14.5.

I'm envious...nice runs with both of them

(should I try to keep her super trim always?.

I don't know about "super" trim...but fit and trim is the ticket.

My past GSD's have never pulled on the leash (with my training only) -

Then whatever you have done has worked wonderfully and perhaps you are in a position which will allow you to help others who don't have that situation.

Your big female will be what she is genetically predisposed to become and with any luck will be structurally sound with your leadership. I am of the camp which suggests a GSD should be limited to a degree regarding impact and stress on the dog's skeletal structure until their growth plates have matured ( closed ). The age at which this occurs varies and perhaps someone more knowledgeable can define it better.....

08-29-2014 06:51 PM
selzer Size is not all that indicative of power. Sometimes a large dog is actually laid back and not much of a puller. And sometimes a little drink of water at four months old can drag down a kid.

Start now, get out there every day with the dog, go to classes, and just keep on going to classes, and TEACH the dog how you want her to behave on a lead. She can pull, but you don't need to follow. Dig your heels in and wait for her to realize you are not going her way. Or turn and go the other way. Teach her to pay attention to you, and go your way.

Don't wait until your pup is 18 months old and 110 pounds and pulls you into a jogger to decide whether you should get training, or rehome her, or let the authorities take her and dispose of her the way they would most likely.
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